It’s been nearly five years since the world’s youngest professional poker player, Daniel “PokerDan” Mehra, turned the poker world upside down by destroying four world champs and becoming the youngest ever to make a living playing cards. Now Dan, who turns 17 in March, is well-known for his unique perspective on the game and the massive amounts of money he makes from playing it. In the last year, he’s made over $8,000 in a month multiple times and is currently ranked 17th on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid teens. The following is a guide to his fascinating life and career so far.
Dan’s journey to the top began in 2014, when he earned a grand total of $8,000 from his four World Series of Poker (WSOP) rings, including a fourth-place showing at the WSOP Main Event (which he cashed) for $124,000. Dan had previously cashed in eight smaller events for a total of $236,000, so his performance in the Main Event was truly exceptional.
He continued to amaze onlookers in 2015 and 2016, winning a $20,000 high roller bracelet in the latter year’s World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) event and becoming APAC’s youngest ever gold bracelet winner. In October 2017, Dan became the first-ever amateur to win a World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) title with a 4-1 finish in the €10,000 High Roller event, cashing for a massive €128,000. This is in addition to his first edition ring from the 2014 World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) event that he also won. In total, Dan has won more than $400,000 in prize money from the World Series of Poker and has over 20,000 Twitter followers who regularly tweet about his incredible achievements and insights into the game.
Interest In STEM Subjects
Dan is an accomplished student who has excelled academically and has aced his classes since the third grade. His parents are both high school teachers, so it’s not a great surprise that he has shown such promise in school. In fact, he’s done so well that he was able to skip a grade level. While in high school, Dan was a member of the robotics club, the French-Canadian Club, the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and the National Honor Society. He also participated in the math and science Olympiads in high school and became a certified chemistry, math, and physics teacher mentor through TeachForAmerica.com. He even had a successful TEDxTeen talk in February 2019 about the importance of teaching young people about the sciences and engineering.
Poker And The Media
Aside from his remarkable poker achievements, Dan has been the focus of many articles since his teenage years. From humble beginnings as a prodigy on the microblogging platform TikTok, Dan’s fame grew rapidly and he was featured on international newspapers, including the New York Times and the Washington Post, as well as international magazines such as Der Spiegel and Bloomberg Businessweek. His unique perspective on the game earned him a spot on the front page of the New York Times in 2015 after his 18th birthday.
Many people may know of Dan through his many appearances on television, including the CBS daytime show The Talk, where he’s interviewed by famous people including Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, and Ronda Rousey. He’s also been featured on World Series of Poker (WSOP) shows and has appeared at the 2019 WSOPE. He’s used his profile on social media to connect with fans and stay in touch with the poker community. He started a weekly blog in 2015 where he discusses challenges and offers tips on how to overcome them.
Dan is an extremely private person who doesn’t always like to show off his accomplishments. He didn’t even tell the media that he’d won the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific (WSOP APAC) event until he was 16 years old. As a result of his modest nature, Dan has built a small but incredibly dedicated fan base who’ve stuck by him through thick and thin. On TikTok, his most watched videos are of him playing poker and discussing the game with his followers. He also has a clothing collection featuring funny memes and images that he shares with his followers on TikTok and Instagram. He tries to keep a low profile but is always willing to share his insights into life, the universe, and everything.