Canada’s Top 5 Tournament Pros

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Canada’s Top 5 Tournament Pros
12 Feb

With five players inside the world’s top 50 winning tournament players, Canada can rightly be proud of its achievements in the poker world, with Timothy Adams adding to that list by taking down the Super High Roller Bowl in Australia just last week.

Here’s what you need to know about the Maple Leaf nation’s best players…

1.   Daniel Negreanu

Not only Canada’s best-ever poker player, but an instantly recognisable name in the poker industry, Negreanu was born in Toronto and learned poker as a teenager.

Already itching to test himself against the best, he moved to Las Vegas aged 22 and became the youngest bracelet winner in WSOP history at the time when took down the $2k PLO title in 1998.

He would go on to bag another 5 gold bracelets, as well as WPT titles and many, many more successes – including a long run at the top of the all-time career earnings rankings, eventually overtaken recently by Justin Bonomo and Bryn Kenney.

For many years the face of PokerStars, Negreanu recently split from them and joined GGPoker, and he can boast one of the largest social media followings in the game.

2.   Sam Greenwood

Greenwood is one of three poker-playing brothers, twin Luc and elder brother Max showing Toronto once again producing top-quality players, but they don’t come much better than Sam.

With Canadian online gambling and poker laws such as they are, Sam has amassed a fortune not only in the live game, but also as an online crusher.

More than $6million in winnings across various sites, added to his $21million+ in live tournament earnings, puts Sam Greenwood in the top drawer of highstakes legends.

3.   Timothy Adams

Adams, another Ontarian, is firmly established among the world’s elite, almost $20million in tournament earnings, a WSOP bracelet and many other wins on his resume in a 13-year poker career.

The 34-year old is a globetrotter, his Hendon Mob listing showing cashes as far apart as Panama City, the Bahamas, Monte Carlo, Russia, South Korea and his most recent victory in Australia.

It’s been 6 years since he last won anything in his native Canada, however, but the country can still be proud of him flying the flag around the world.

4.   Jonathan Duhamel

Quebec-born Duhamel sprang to fame and fortune when he took down the 2010 WSOP Main Event, cashing for close to $10million when he defeated John Racener heads-up in a classic poker finale.

That notoriety proved bittersweet when we attacked and robbed in his home the following year, his winner’s gold bracelet among items stolen, along with $150,000 in cash.

Duhamel would recover and go on to bag two more WSOP titles, one in Europe, and has since almost doubled his career earnings, only recently toppled from 3rd spot in the all-time Canadian rankings by Tim Adams, above.

5.   Daniel Dvoress

Russian-born Dvoress is the youngest player among the top five Candian pros, now living in Toronto but plying his trade worldwide like the others.

A 3rd-placed finish in the EPT Malta High Roller in 2015 brought him some attention, and soon he would become a regular at the highest level of competition.

Remarkably, it wasn’t until last year, 2019, that he landed his first big win, a $4million score taking down the Super High Roller Bowl in Nassau, Bahamas, as part of the partypoker MILLIONS festival.

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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