Canadian Daniel Negreanu is comfortable playing with big stakes at the poker table. Now he’s pushing all of his chips in to support NHL expansion in Las Vegas.
Daniel Negreanu knows a lot about odds from winning six World Series of Poker championships and right now he likes the odds that an NHL expansion team will soon be coming to Las Vegas.
The Toronto native has won over $30 million in his career and is now firmly backing an NHL team in Vegas and hasn’t ruled out the possibility of being a minority owner of the squad.
“I really like the prospective owner Bill Foley and I’m confident that hockey will work in Vegas,” Negreanu told The Hockey News . “There are 2.2 million people in Las Vegas starving for a professional sports team. The base is there. Sure there is no hockey culture in Las Vegas at the moment, but wasn’t that true of thriving franchises like the San Jose Sharks?”
While the hockey culture may be lacking, there is promise. The team’s founding group, which Negreanu is a part of, has already sold 10,000 season ticket commitments and a brand new arena on the Las Vegas strip should be ready for the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. Vegas Wants Hockey seems to be catching on.
At this point, all Negreanu and the rest of the team’s founding group can wait and continue to sell season ticket commitments while waiting to hear from the NHL on the next move.
“People here will learn to love hockey, and this city has the added bonus of tourism,” Negreanu added to The Hockey News. “People don’t go to Columbus to watch the Blue Jackets and make a vacation out of it. That will happen with the Vegas team. If Calgary is playing in Vegas, you can bet that people will use that as a great excuse to make a quick Vegas trip – good for the city, and good for filling the seats.”