If we could only pick one player from the region, scratch that, even just one player from all of Canada, hands down Shawn Buchanan is that poker beast…
Buchanan has already kicked off 2012 by winning a PCA $10,000 6-Max event for more than $200,000. Over 2011, Shawn had a total of 9 WSOP in the money finishes; 4 in a single week at the World Series of Poker Europe totaling more than $570,000 in winnings and 5 more cashes over the summer in Vegas worth another $413,000!
This impressive tally includes 4 final table finishes, including two heads-up and heart wrenching finishes to narrowly miss bracelet number 1. At the 2010 World Series of Poker, Buchanan cashed a total of 8 times, including another 2nd place finish. If one were to back track just to 2006, one would find a total of 27 WSOP in the money finishes, in almost every imaginable discipline of the game, accounting for about $2,200,000 of his nearly $4,700,000 in live poker tournament career winnings.
Overdue? We think so, though we love his chances again this year.
Chris ”maxxscam” Back has been chasing World Series of Poker bling on a bit smaller of a scale than ”Bucky”, but he’s doing a damn fine job of it. So far Back has cashed 10 times in WSOP-Circuit events over 2012, including making 4 final tables. At the World Series of Poker itself, Chris has 4 career cashes so far, including a very respectable 123rd place finish in the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship Main Event. Here in Canada, Back also has the bragging rights of making at least one final table at the British Columbia Poker Championships for 3 years running, a series considered by many to be made up our toughest fields. His total career winnings of roughly $375,000 put him in the top 100 of the Canadian All Time Money list, proving Chris a better statistical pick than many.
North Vancouver’s Keyvan Payman rings in about the same as Back when it comes to career totals and he’s definitely been around the poker block; Barcelona, Tallin, London and Prague’s cash cages have all ”paid the Payman”. Keyvan only has one WSOP cash on the books, but more than a dozen medium limit cashes on his profile pages could make him a great ”underdog” choice to go all the way in a $1,000-$1,500 event. That and the name just sounds poker lucky…
One for the other wrist?
Zachary Fellows earned his first bracelet back in 2009 after winning a $3000 WSOP H.O.R.S.E. event, a title most players agree comes with a the bit of extra bragging rights of being a ”well rounded and true poker player”. It was also good for more than $311,000; nearly double what he earned for another oh-so-close second place finish in a $1,500 World Series of Poker Limit Hold’em the year before. You find yourself heads-up 2 consecutive years in a row playing for gold, we figure that makes you at least a decent favorite to get there again.