For our final installment of the 2012 WSOP Canadian ”Ones to Watch”, we thought would look at a few of the more obvious choices; it’s not that we thought their World Series of Series glory days are over, these poker players have all proven to be much more than just a flash in the proverbial pan already.
The way we look at, they’ve been there, done that and gotten the t-shirt, (gold coveted bracelet(s) in this case) and while we are sure they wouldn’t mind a few more, several on this list have already shown ”a little more life balance” when it comes to enjoying the fruits of their poker labors; they will undoubtedly take a few seats in events over the summer, but will find equal pleasure sweating buddies from the rail during deep runs or catching up for some good meals, golf and ”friendly” nose-bleed cash games. The others are a no-brainer; competition runs thick in their veins and you can bet they will be in the thick off things; we’ll let you decide which are which…
It goes with-out saying that Montreal’s Jonathan Duhamel’s Main Event Bracelet and millions in winnings make him a favorite to repeat, but it seems to us like winning a smaller side event would be a lot like parking an Acura beside a Lamborghini in your garage. A platinum bracelet for winning The Big One for One Drop as well as taking over the All Time Money Lists; now that would be like parking those cars on your Leer Jet. History had already has shown that High Roller events are among Duhamel’s poker fortes, so he could write himself into Canadian poker history in a massive way yet again this summer. He’s made about another $2,000,000 In tournament winnings since winning the Main Event, with $1,370,000 coming in just the first half of 2012 and considering Jonathan made 4 final tables at the 2012 PCA, we are thinking his ”A” game hasn’t slipped any just yet. Duhamel currently sits at nearly $11,000,000 in tournament career winnings.
Vancouver’s Matt Jarvis has already made the WOrld Series of Poker $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Championship final table, is the 2011 $5000 Six Handed No Limit Hold’em bracelet winner, 2010 COPC $5,000 Heads Up Champion, a WPT Festa Al Lago side event winner and all around nice guy. He’s raked in over $2,130,000 live tournament winnings over his relatively short poker career to date and is quite capable of making much more.
At the Foxwoods November Nine Reunion Jarvis was the last of the boys standing, proving that on any given other day, things can go a lot differently. If following him on Twitter and Facebook are any indicator, it doesn’t appear that poker is the #1 priority in Matt’s life right now, more so making the most of his new found freedoms. We still expect he’ll be hitting the World Series of Poker this year and since he has a habit of winning, we like his chances for #2.
Also from British Columbia, when he’s not trotting around North America to take in a sports game, some fine dining or to contribute at charity events, 2 time WSOP bracelet winner Greg ”FBT” Meuller still hits the felts firing on all cylinders when it strikes his fancy. Greg makes his fair share of deep runs at the WSOP and has an impressive 23 cashes to date, but he is also know to be the first at the loudest at the final of friends, so it’s not just ”all about Greg” when heads down to the WSOP. He can play any discipline of poker and you expect to see he tweeting about, as well as spending just as much time, in the High Stakes Mixed cash games as he will be at the tournament tables. Oh, and he might throw some out some dice and props here and there too…
Toronto’s Max Greenwood won his first WSOP bracelet of Poker bracelet and $693,000 in a $1,000 No Limit Hold’em back in 2008 and has a total of 11 WSOP in the money so far. He made some decent runs in 4 events over 2011 and we expect he’ll do even better this year. Max has nearly reached his first million in live tournament cashes, now just $25,000 away from hitting that mark.
Quebec City native Phillipe Boucher may have won his 2011 WSOPE bracelet in a €1,620 Pot Limit Omaha and his results pages seem to show PLO as his game, but they also show him to be no slouch in the No Limit Hold’EM department either. He’s won more than $410,000 on the world circuit and his name just seems to becoming up more and more. Boucher spends the bulk of his time in Las Vegas, so it’s safe to say he’s figured out the games of a lot of the local grinders he can expect to be competing against over the 2012 WSOP. We predict his biggest pay-day is still waiting on the horizon, but it’s coming very soon.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Canadian Version of the ”Ones To Watch” Series. You can find the complete collection on the left side of our home page. They will be posted throughout the 2012 WSOP so be sure to check back and see if any of our predictions come true. At the end of the day it’s any bodies game. We’re hoping for Canada’s best year at the World Series of Poker yet!