After the closure of the top 3 US poker sites, American poker players seem to have disappeared from the scene. Also, since Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars are closed to US players, all the seats for the major tourneys are left open to other players – such as those from Canada. And now, recent reports confirm that it is the Candfaian players whoa re making money at the online poker games.
Jonathan Duhamel has bceome well known in Canada after Black Friday; he is one of the many Canadians earning big paydays by playing poker. Jonathan Duhamel won the World Series of Poker Main Event last fall and his fellow Canadian Daniel Negreanu, who was also a contestant, was very excited about it.
Daniel Negreanu, another top poker player, has earned the most during his career as a professional US poker player although poker was not his first love. He has a total of more than $14 million and since last November Jonathan’s bankroll shows more than $9 million in his earnings.
Vancouver’s Ben Wilinofsky won nearly $1.2 million at a European Poker Tour event in Berlin. Poorya Nazari of Richmond Hill, Ontario, won the top prize of $3 million at the 2009 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), and Will Molson from Montreal earned more than $1 million at this year’s PCA. Apparently, Jonathan’s victory has inspired many more Canadians to play poker whether for real money or play money. Jonathan has been tweeted regarding his influence many number of times. Due to this many Canadians will do well internationally in the future.
Some players have already enjoyed constant international success, players like Gavin Smith, Isabelle Mercier and Greg Mueller but most of the poker influence in Canada is due to Daniel Negreanu. Daniel Negreanu became a regular at Toronto’s charity casinos by the age of 16, and at that time poker was legal in Toronto. Charity casinos at times would have waiting lists.
Another regular player from Toronto Greg DeBora recalls that earlier poker rooms used to be busy but were still hidden and had a more underground feel to them, while now everything happens out in the open. Online poker has made poker accessible to everyone. Due to online poker young players have played more hands than older ones who have still played every single day of their life.
The new generation of poker players, most of which consists of people from Canada is dangerous. DeBora won as the Canadian Captain in the 2010 Americas Cup in Lima, Peru. This enhanced Canada’s international reputation. DeBora says that when in States, people joke about Canadians being there to play poker since most Canadians who travel end up winning.