Top 5 Canadian Poker Players
It takes a combination of luck and strategy to outwit opponents in a game of poker and emerge the winner when the table closes. However, some players seem to be luckier than others by having a continuous streak of wins. Or is it careful strategy?
Canada is home to some names who have made life changing sums of money playing poker. These Canadian poker players take the game as their profession. And, one cannot blame them since it seems the game earns them a decent life. Nothing brings more joy to an individual than doing what they love and making money from it.
Below is a list of the top names in poker circles who hail from Canada
1. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel knew he was destined to conquer casino tables when he bagged his first significant win in 1997 at the age of 21. He has kept the momentum going all through his career. Daniel has scooped the prestigious World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet 6 times and amassed over $17 million in the tournament. He is the only player to have won the WSOP tournament in 2 consecutive years having emerged top in 2013 and 2014. The best year for this player was 2004 in which he accumulated wins of over $4.4 million by playing many games in different casinos all over the world.
2. Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan happens to be the first Canadian player to win the WSOP bracelet. He did this in the year 2010 and took home the grand prize of more than $8.9 million. This player abandoned his University Classes in Finance during his sophomore year to take a career in professional gambling. His style of play is unique. He prefers playing cash tables to tournaments because the cash tables have faster payouts compared to tournaments which require lots of time.
3. Mike McDonald
Mike is the next bloke who features in the list of the top 5 Canadian poker players. He comes from Waterloo and joined the interesting world of gaming when online games were just becoming popular. His out of the box strategies and consistent plays saw him quickly make a name for himself. After amassing a substantial bankroll, Mike joined the big leagues where he played against some of the best players in the world. He became the youngest player ever to bag the European Poker Tour (EPT) in 2008 where he won over $1.3 million.
4. Sam Greenwood
Sam Greenwood had a highlight of his career in 2015 when he took home the WSOP bracelet. Beyond that win, he has multiple 7-figure wins in the high roller tables he frequently plays in. His total winnings in poker stand at more than $12 million. This figure is bound to keep growing because he only seems to be getting started.
5. Sorel Mizzi
Sorel began playing in Toronto before gaining experience and moving on to online worldwide tournaments. His journey has made him tidy sums amounting to over $10 million. In 2010, he was recognized as the Bluff Player of the year due to his confident approach when wagering in tables.
With enough time spent practicing and fine tuning strategies, any player in Canada can rise to the top of the list. Being at the top opens up many other revenue streams such as social media views and brand ambassadorship opportunities. The players also get mentions on news sites for the best Canadian poker players.