CanadaPoker.com has compiled a segment of top ten lists. The lists have been ranked according to the specific list topic based on our own research and the feedback that we have obtained by members of the Canadian poker community.
In order to evaluate the top 10 Canadian Poker Moments in 2010, we have examined and ranked stories and achievements in Canadian poker using a number of factors such as: overall story popularity, quality or importance of the poker achievement within the Canadian poker community, news value, overall popularity.
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10. Sorel Mizzi wins Bluff Magazine Player of the Year
What can we say? Sorel Mizzi has racked up the most Bluff Magazine player points to win this all-round industry title. At the rate the Toronto native has been travelling to play tournaments around the globe, he could very well win the title of poker player with the most air miles if there was such an honour. Sorel has had a very impressive career, with nearly $3.5 million in live tournament winnings but during 2010 he has had 25 cashes at major tournaments with nineteen of those finishes in the top ten and four of those being wins. He has demonstrated that he is a consistent and solid player and possesses incredible stamina at the rate he has jumped from tournament to tournament.
9. Aadam Daya’s multiple successes at 2010 WSOP
Aadam Daya got Canada off to a good start at the 2010 World Series of Poker by leading off with a bracelet in Event #3, a $1000 entry, No-Limit Hold’Em event. The event attracted a remarkable 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, which makes Aadam’s victory even more impressive given the field. This victory paid him $625,872 in prize money. Aadam also made a smaller cash of $3,433 for 157th place in Event #49.
8. Scott Montgomery’s multiple successes at 2010 WSOP
Ottawa’s Scott Montgomery, who first made a name for himself by finishing 5th in the 2008 WSOP main event, claimed his first bracelet in Event # 36, a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. While that huge cash for over 3 million in 2008 allowed Montgomery to travel and play poker full time in bigger games, he was still hungry for a WSOP victory. The victory came this in Event #36 a $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em event along with $481,760. Scott made 4 cashes in total at the 2010 World Series of Poker, though the other cashes were smaller being 28th place in Event #9 for $4,808, 31st place in Event #20 for $6,630, and 29th place in Event #47 for $11,232.
7. Miguel Proulx multiple successes at 2010 WSOP
Miguel showed his skills this summer with a first and second place finishes at the WSOP, both in Pot Limit Omaha events. Considering the field sizes and skill levels of the players at these events, this accomplishment is extremely impressive and rare.
The native of St. Charles, Quebec won $315,311 and 1st place in Event #28, a $2,500 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament. He then scooped up a whopping $482,265 for 2nd place in the$10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha World Championship event. Miguel proved that he is a world-class Pot Limit Omaha player.
6. Pascal Lefrancois’ sees multiple successes at 2010 WSOP
Hailing from Rosemere, Quebec, Pascal Lefrancois made waves at this summer’s World Series of Poker. Not only did he win a bracelet in Event #8, a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament along which paid him $568,974 in prize money for first beating out 2,341 players, but he also finished 11th at the WSOP Main Event, just missing the final table by a very narrow margin by going all-in with a pair of jacks against Joseph Cheong who was holding pocket kings. The 11th place finish actually paid him more than his bracelet victory, $635,001. Pascal is very talented and we can expect to see more successes from him in the future.
5. Gavin Smith multiple successes at 2010 WSOP
With a string of tournament victories and tournament cashes far too many too name but which total to well over $5 million, Gavin Smith, who has been an icon in the Canadian poker scene and widely regarded as one of the best poker players in the world without a WSOP bracelet shed that title by winning Event # 44, the $2,500 Mixed Hold’em event and adding a WSOP title too his long list of accolades. Gavin took $268,238 for first place.
The “Gavinator” (just invented that one) also had two other cashes at the 2010 World Series of Poker: a 9th place finish in Event #35 and $38,424 cash, and 730th place in the WSOP Main Event along with $19,263 cash.
Fun fact: After the USA, Canada was the nation with the most WSOP bracelets in 2010
4. Matt Jarvis Heads-Up Championship Victory at 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships
Matt Jarvis made poker news headlines in the summer being one of two Canadians who surpassed a field of 7,319 players to make the WSOP Main Event Final Table and guarantee himself at least an $811,823 pay day.
Along with the pressure that comes with playing on a Championship final table, poker players have the added pressure of demonstrating that their successes are not a result of some fluke. In preparation for the November Nine final table, and now a high profile player, Jarvis enrolled in several live tournaments. He managed to further prove that he was a consistent player by securing two victories, one at a side event at the WPT Festa Al Lago paying which paid him $71,895 in October, and the sweeter victory on home soil winning the COPC Heads Up in Calgary last August and the $100,000 top prize among his Canadian peers.
3. Governments announce collaboration to form online Canadian Poker network
The provincial governments made headlines early in the year with the announcement of plans to collaborate to form an interprovincial online poker network, later named the Canadian Poker Network. Each province would have its own online gaming brand but would share the much needed poker liquidity which would feed into a single poker network. At the initial stages, the following provinces were on board: British Columbia (PlayNow.com), Quebec (Espacejeux.com), and the Atlantic Provinces comprising of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Prince Edward Island (PlaySphere.ca). The move to the online gaming space has sparked a lot of public criticism and several of the provinces politicians decided to pull away from the venture.
The Canadian Poker Network is powered by software developed by Boss Media / GTECH G2 who have provided software and operated online poker rooms in since 2000.
With Loto-Quebec taking the lead on December 1st launching their online poker product Espacejeux for real money play, The Canadian Poker Network becomes the first government regulated online poker network in North America. British Columbia is expected to join in the Canadian Poker Network early in 2011.
2. Two Canadians make final table at WSOP Main Event
It was big news when eight days into the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, two Canadians managed to survive a field of 7,319 players who each shelled out a $10,000 buy-in, to make it to the final table of the most renowned tournament in the poker world. The two players, Jonathan Duhamel from Boucherville, Quebec and Matthew Jarvis from Surrey, BC achieved an instant celebrity status and during the three month break between the summer and when the final table was scheduled to resume, both men have done over a hundred interviews. By making the ‘November Nine’ final table, each player clinched a guaranteed prize of at least $811,823 which would go to the 9th place finisher.
1. Jonathan Duhamel’s WSOP Main Event Victory
History was made at the biggest poker tournament in the world, the No-Limit Hold’em World Championship, when incoming final table chip leader Jonathan Duhamel completed his quest for WSOP Gold by beating his eight remaining opponents who have been anxiously waiting since mid-summer to resume the much anticipated final table nicknamed the ‘November Nine’ .
The twenty-four year old Duhamel entered the November Nine final table with an impressive chip lead, but as we have seen in poker, anything can happen. Although Duhamel had a few minor ups and downs along the way, he managed to maintain his composure and emerge victorious to become the first Canadian WSOP Main Event Champion. Along with the coveted title, Duhamel won $8,944,138 and instantly ranked 14th on the overall tournament winnings list behind names like Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu.
Not only has Jonathan Duhamel defied the odds of winning in such a gruelling tournament, his journey has inspired Canadian poker players everywhere.