Daniel Negreanu: Hacker has cost me $61,000
Poker star Daniel Negreanu reveals an email hacker has cost him more than feared
|by Alligator Blood||February, 5th 2012||
Above: Daniel Negreanu had his email and poker account hacked
Daniel Negreanu has revealed that an email hacker who logged into his PokerStars account 'for a joyride' has cost him $61,000.
The 37-year-old had his hotmail hacked last week as he was on a plane back to Las Vegas from the Aussie Millions in Melbourne.
Kid Poker then discovered to his horror that his main poker account had also been accessed - and the perpetrator was busy playing with his cash.
He said: "I got the news back pretty quickly that the hacker did get into my account for a joyride.
"Something I'll never understand. He didn't dump money to any one specific player, he kind of just sprayed my money around several tables, ultimately losing $61,000 of my money.
"Not entirely sure why he didn't empty my account, but I'm thankful that he didn't."
Although he didn't lose all his money, the four-time WSOP bracelet winner will still have to pay for his losses personally - despite his pro deal with PokerStars.
Writing in his Full Contact blog, Negreanu, who had just lost $800,000 by bubbling at the Aussie Millions Super High Roller days before, added: "The money is gone. I am not getting any special treatment whatsoever.
"In cases like this, it's clearly spelled out in the PokerStars user agreement, that if your email is hacked you won't be reimbursed by the company... no matter who you are.
"Since it's clear that my account was hacked, and it wasn't the fault of PokerStars in any way, I just have to eat the loss.
"Since I'd essentially lost a million a few days earlier, the $61,000 didn't really sting all that much. I was just happy to recover my email account from the hacker."
Police are now investigating the matter and, should someone be convicted, Negreanu already has a punishment in mind.
"I'm hoping they catch the guy.
"I feel an appropriate punishment would be a few swift baseball bat swings to the groin area, and possibly a castration, but that's just me :-)"