You might call it the ‘Canadian Invasion!’
The land of the ‘True, North, Strong and Free,’ has posted “10” bracelets in the first 55 events at the 2013 World Series of Poker. Considering Canada only represents five per cent of the entries, this is impressive stuff to say the least. Many pundits are attributing Canada’s success this year to the fact Canadians can still play online poker and were at a distinct advantage over other countries, including the US, where players cannot play for money an that the fine tuning played a huge role in this so-called Canadian Invasion. Canucks jumped out of the gate early:
Charles Sylvestre, a real estate broker from Saint Bruno, Quebec, outlasted more than 3,000 runners in Event #3 to take home his first bracelet and $491,360.
Sylvestre recently pocketed a six-figure score in the Spring Championship of Online Poker and decided to accompany his friend, 2010 world champ, Jonathan Duhamel, who was on the rail for Sylvestre’s victory.
The Millionaire Maker
(Photo courtesy Canada Poker)
Benny Chen may not return to the restaurant he manages in Stratford, Prince Edward Island, after winning his 1st bracelet and $1,199,104 in Event #6, the highly popular $1500 buy-in tournament dubbed ‘The Millionaire Maker” because it guaranteed a million dollar first place prize. Chen navigated the largest same-day field in WSOP history, 6,343 runners.
Note:Organizers say because of its huge success, the Millionaire Maker will be an annual event.
Michael Malm tood down Event #8, a $2500, 8-game mix event, for $225,104 and his first piece of WSOP gold. The 29 year old saleman resides in Coquitlam, British Colmbia.
Levi Berger, a 22 year old Ottawa poker pro who currently resides in Los Angeles, proved victorious in this $2500 Limit Hold’em event.
Guelph, Ontario’s Mark Radoja captured his 2nd bracelet, winning Event #16, the 10k Heads-Up Championship, for $333,190. In 2011, Radoja won a shoot-out event for more than $400,000.
Victoria’s Calen ‘Big Wheel’ McNeil had to come back for a second day of final table play to finish off Cam Kim Hua in the $1500 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8 or Better and capture his first bracelet, plus $277,000, a nice little chunk of change. After collecting his prize, McNeil quickly hopped into the 5k Omaha event…poker players!
Jason Duval, of St. Geeorges, Quebec, is a well-known online player and has now won his first gold bracelet, taking down Event #28, a $1500 NLHE Event, a tournament with 2115 runners. He collected a whopping $521,000, his second six figure score lifetime.
Toronto’s Justin Oliver fulfilled a life-long dream by winning a WSOP gold bracelet. He also pocketed $309,000 after winning Event #38, the $2500 four-handed event. One tough tourney to win.
Just one event after Oliver banked another one for Canada, Daniel Idema of Vancouver, British Columbia followed suit with a wwin in the $1500, 7-Card Stud Hi/Low 8 or Better. He outlasted 555 runners for a cool $184,000. Well done sire.
Nepean, Ontario’s Kristen Bicknell best a field of 954 women in Event #51, the $1000 Ladies Championship. Her first bracelet in her first WSOP cash, ($175,000). Talk about making it a memorable one.
High Roller Radio has had a number of talented and successful Canadian poker players on the show. Check it out:
Gavin Smith: The Clown Prince of Poker has had great success playing the tournament trail, with two victories on the World Poker Tour, he was named WPT ‘layer of the Year’ in 2006, and a World Series of Poker bracelet. It was a dynamite chat!
Greg Mueller: The man they call ‘FBT’, which stands for Full Blown Tilt, is one of the best poker players on the planet, period! He kills the cash games, owns two WSOP bracelets and made three WSOP final tables in 2013.
Ben Wilinofsky: A young gun, with a load of ability and confidence. He pocketed $1.2 million for winning the EPT Berlin and promptly called his mom. Excellent talk, young but smart and grounded. You’ll enjoy this.
Pascal LeFrancois: A fan of his beloved Montreal Canadiens, Pascal LeFrancois is accustomed to making BIG SCORES. In 2010, the year fellow Canuck Jonathan Duhamel won the main event, LeFrancois finished 11th for $600,000. A few weeks earlier he won his first bracelet and another half-a-million dollars. In 2012, at the WPT Montreal, LeFrancois placed second for a cool $500,000.
Ever heard the story of… CANADA BILL?
Did you know?
Did you know? Jonathan Duhamel is the first and only Canadian to win the main event of the World Series of Poker. The Quebec native claimed the world championship and close to $9 million in 2010.
Did you know? Daniel Negreanu, a Toronto native, has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and two title on the World Poker Tour. As of 2012, he has amassed $16.1 million playing tournament poker. He has 52 cashes at the WSOP and won the main event of the Word Series of Poker-Asia Pacific.
Did you know? Canadian actress/poker player Jennifer Tilly is an academy award nominee and a WSOP bracelet winner. She won the Ladies Championship in 2005 to go along with her 9 WSOP cashes. She is in a relationship with fellow pro Phil ‘Unabomber’ Laak.
Isabelle ‘No Mercy’ Mercier is from Quebec but has made it on a global stage. She won Ladies Night on the World Poker Tour and more than a million dollars lifetime. Her biggest score coming at the 2004 WSOP, Event #9 where she cashed for $175,000. She is represented by Team PokerStars.
Evelyn Ng learned how to play poker when she was dating Daniel Negreanu. Ng is represented by Team Bodog and was featured on the King of Vegas show on Spike TV. Certainly easy on the eyes.
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Internet Gambling in Canada
Prevalence: • 70.7% of Canadians gamble. • 3.2% are affected by problem gambling (3.5% in Ontario). • 2.1% engage in Internet gambling (not including using the Internet to buy/sell high-risk stocks and day trading).
• Internet gambling has increased since 2004 but it is the least common form of gambling.
The three most common forms of gambling among adults who gamble include: – 92.9% lotteries – 67.5% instant-win tickets – 33.9% electronic gaming machines.
• In Canada, the most commonly engaged in forms of online gambling are playing skill games (mostly poker) and playing lotteries (59.7% and 23%, respectively). • Males prefer sports betting and games of skill while females prefer online bingo. Moving to Canada to Play Online Professionally? 10 TTIPS FOR YOU…. 1) Hire a lawyer located in the city in which you wish to relocate – consider engaging a lawyer who understands the online nature your work because ultimately that lawyer will have to prepare your submission to Citizenship and Immgration Canada and they should understand the business. 2) With your lawyer, explore the immgration category that best applies to your special set of poker playing skills. The likely categories will be business class and provincial nominee program. 3) If your partner or spouse is likely to be a stronger immigrant applicant, have your partner be the primary applicant for immigration purposes. 4) Visit Canada as a business visitor a few times to meet with your lawyer and familiarize yourself with the culture and your future working environment. 5) A criminal record will have to be dealt with long before you immigrate to Canada – if it involves a DUI, get it resolved in conjunction with your immigration process. 6) Do not misrepresent any facts on your immigration application or at any time while entering Canada to visit. 7) Do not publicly comment about your intended immigration to Canada at any time. 8) Do not negatively comment about U.S. and Canadian laws that criminalize the online poker sites that offer their services to American or Canadian residents. Immigration officials will conduct an online search of you and any indication that you do not respect the rule of law will not be well received. 9) Make sure you understand tax advice you receive for your prospective activities in Canada. Generally speaking, gambling wins in Canada are tax-free unless the wins are professional income. The distinction appears to be whether you are a casual player or whether you play as your primary occupation. 10) Do not tweet that you are immigrating to Canada and without applying in advance, show up at the border expecting to receive a green light to enter. Unless you qualify as a refugee, you must apply to enter Canada in advance if you wish to work, relocate or immigrate here.
(These tips from Christine Duhaime, who can be followed on twitter @cduhaime)