|Full name:||Matthew Jarvis|
|Date of Birth:||1985|
|Birth Place:||Surrey, BC. Canada|
|Residence:||Surrey, BC. Canada|
|Fun Facts:||Matthew Jarvis is not the only person in his family who has decided on an unconventional career path; his father is a professional golfer!|
Matt “Jarfish” Jarvis
While Matt Jarvis hasn’t yet decided if he wants to play poker for a living, he has already accomplished what many players dream of while he messes around trying to figure it out. Jarvis has become a poker household name after exploding onto the scene in 2009-2010. Jarvis had some of his first poker media notice in 2009, when he “bubbled” the final table of the British Columbia Poker Championships, an event that was shot for television and continues to be one of Canada’s top tournaments. Matt must have liked the cameras, because his next big deep run took him all the way to the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event final table. After they had played down to the final 9, Jarvis hit the tournament circuit hard in preparation of what has historically been a “once in a lifetime opportunity”. Matt will till you however, his goals are to change this and make the WSOP Main Event Final table again.
Canada Poker has been lucky enough to make Matt’s acquaintance along this player’s journey and first caught up with him in Calgary for the Canadian Open Poker Championships; where he went on to defeat a 60 player starting field in the $5000 Heads Up Event for a cool $100,000. Here is an exclusive interview after his win and before the November Nine final table:
From there, Jarvis went on to claim a World Poker Tour Event win at Festa Al Lago, defeating a final table in the $1000 re-buy event that included 2 of players with Player of the Year titles from CardPlayer and one other that already owned a WSOP bracelet. The win was worth almost $72,000 and combined with the just past COPC win definitely showed the poker world that Jarvis meant business on the felts and could take on not only Canada’s best, but the best in the world.
Of course, by now many will have seen and remember the hand that sent Matt to the rail in 8th place for a finish still worth over a million dollars; After continually attacking Mike “The Grinder” Mizarchi hand after hand, the two ended up all in pre-flop with Jarvis holding 9-9 and Mike tabling Ace Queen. The flop looked nasty for Jarvis with the grinder flopping top two pair, however a nine on the turn had Canadians on their feet and Jarvis looking pretty damn good to double up and crush the Grinder. The Ace on the river ended that particular run for Matt, but not his ability to take down large tough fields.
Already in early 2011, while at Aussie Millions, “Jarfish” decided to jump into the $2100 “High Roller” event during Ultimate Bet’s “UBOC6” on his off day. After making a long drawn out 4-way deal, Jarvis went on to defeat the other 3 and collect just under $123,000!
Jarvis recently had a second chance to prove he was amongst the best of the players at that WSOP final table, when Foxwoods Resort Casino invited them all to attend and play in a “Reunion” event; all of the 2010 November Nine and 21 other players drawn in faced off in a thirty player field. In the end, Jarvis finished in second place but was the last man standing of the famous nine. While the official prize money was only $3000 for second place, Matt’s final tally came to almost $30,000 once he collected of the prop bets made amongst the group, along with one other priceless prize. Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion would now have to sport a Vancouver Canucks Jersey with the #8 and name Jarvis on the back for 3 WSOP events that they will both play in 2011.
In has been interesting and rewarding for Canadians to watch Matt grow into his role as a poker ambassador. Now constantly in the limelight, Jarvis has often spoken of the battle against cancer, having been directly affected with his father battling the disease hard over 2010. With his fathers cancer now in remission, Matt has been often been quoted as saying; “people often ask me about that coin flip in November and honestly, I am much happy to have my father win the one he was facing with cancer. I would take the same results over and over again, if I had to pick which to win.”
Matt has also promoted his home casino, the Edgewater Casino in Vancouver, by wearing their patch on his travels and helping the campaign for municipal approval to move it into a newer facility. He has also supported and helped to promote and donate to charitable tournaments like the 6th Annual Women’s Poker Classic at Cascades Casino that was raising money for the fight against Breast Cancer.
Keep it up Matt and we will leave you with another exclusive interview with Matt, this time at the 2010 British Columbia Poker Championships: