The World Series of Poker is the annual series of events that brings the best of the best in the poker world, and while poker is an individual sport, nations are beginning to get recognition for their home-grown talent, similar to professional golf. For Canadians, there are always big names like Daniel Negreanu and Gavin Smith, but the uprising of young talented Canadian poker players is growing astronomically. This was no more evident then in Event #3 of the 2010 WSOP when Aadam Daya claimed the first win for a Canadian in this years’ World Series. Hopefully, Daya’s victory can kick-start a successful WSOP for Canadian poker talent in 2010.
In the third event of this year’s World Series of Poker, Canada made its initial mark with Aadam Daya taking home the bracelet in the $1000 entry, No-Limit Hold’Em event. The event attracted 4,345 entrants which made it the 6th largest field in a live poker tournament, and only the 2nd not to be the WSOP Main Event.
Although eight of the final nine poker players at the final table were from the U.S, it was Daya that managed to navigate through the “Southern storm” and beat them all to claim his first WSOP title. “I really think I got pretty lucky to get through so many players, Daya says, I was fortunate and I played well, but I also got lucky at the right times.” However, minimal luck was needed by the end, as the final hand of the tournament saw Daya’s Qd Qs up against Deepak Bhatti’s Kh 5s. Bhatti, who had been grinded down to the short stack for some time now, finally decided to take a stand and shoved all-in with the mediocre King high. Daya was willing to call with his pocket queens as a 72% favourite and was relieved when the final board showed Js 5h 4s Ac 3d, to let his queen’s hold up.
For his victory, Daya collected $625,872 in prize money and says that although “this (the money) is going to make things a bit easier for me….it will not change me.” A modest and humble poker champion who is 31 years old and works as a business analyst in Toronto, Daya is ecstatic with his WSOP win as he says “it means I’ve accomplished something in poker that I’ve been trying got achieve for quite a while.”
When asked about achieving his dream of winning a WSOP title, Daya responded with “I dreamed about it, obviously. But I did not expect anything like this.” To win a WSOP title is a great accomplishment, but to do it by knocking off the 6th largest field ever makes it all the more impressive. Daya showed the world that the skill level of Canadian poker players is increasing quickly and it won’t be long until Canadians start making a name for themselves as one of the best poker nations in the world.
The 2010 WSOP showed that to the world, and it was Aadam Daya who got the ball rolling for Canadian poker.
Congratulations Aadam Daya.