Russell “rdcrsn” Carson finishes 2nd at EPT Snowfest 2010

Russell Carson, or better known for his online nickname “rdcrsn”, from Powell River British Columbia, just finished 2nd at the EPT Snowfest 2010 in Austria.  Snowfest – a European Poker Tour poker tournament taking place at the Alpine Palace in Saalbach-Hinterglemm, Austria last 6 grueling days, was finally won by Allan Baekke, from Copenhagen, Denmark.  There were 546 entries over two days, each paying €3,500 a pop. After deductions, that created a prize pool of €1,853,680.  The final hand headsup was Baekke’s pocket 7s holding up vs the KJs of Carson.

Russell is still searching for his first big live win.  He has had multiple big online wins including the ongame Grand tournament for $121,000, Sunday 500 tournament for $89,000, and various almost victories in big events such as the stars million.  He is current ranked as the 2nd top player in Canada behind Casey “bigdogpckt5s” Jarzebek, and #10 overall in the world overall so far this year.

Congrats to Russell Carson and his 2nd place finish and hopefully he will have even more fun enjoying his €296,000 payout prize!

Canadian Pro Jason Lavallee signs with Victory Poker

Montreal poker pro Jason Lavallee becomes the newest addition to the ever-growing Victory Poker roster. The 23 year old Canadian has various big live and online tournament cashes including taking 2nd in the 2009 Festa al Lago Classic for $795,000 and recently winning a $200k $100rebuy tournament on pokerstars (statusup). Jason now joins the VictoryPoker team which already consists of various big name pros including:

  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Keith Gipson
  • Brian Rast
  • Andrew Robl
  • Dan Bilzerian
  • Sara Underwood (Playboy playmate of the year)
  • David Chicotsky
  • Lee Markholt
  • Sander Lylloff
  • Paul Wasicka
  • Alec Torelli
  • Danny Wong
  • Steven Weusten
  • James Obst
  • Adam Hourani
  • Jonathan Little

Congrats once again to Canadian Poker Pro Jason Lavallee on his sponsorship deal.

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Mike “Timex” McDonald retires from poker at age 20!

Arguably the best tournament poker player who is till not legal to play in most U.S. casinos has stated on his cardrunners blog that he is now retiring from poker. Mike “Timex / Hit21Hit” McDonald, a canadian poker pro, at age 20 has a huge poker resume. At 18 years of age, McDonald won the EPT German Open in Dortmund, Germany in February 2008 winning €933,600 ($1,370,161). Earlier in January the same year, he also won the A$1,000 PokerPro No Limit Hold’em preliminary event at the Aussie Millions and coming runner up in another preliminary event. Earlier this year he won a $1500 NAPT Caribbean Poker Adventure PokerStars EPT/ Season 6 LAPT/ event $146,804.

Here is some of his blog posts which can be found on the online poker training site Cardrunners in which he is a featured coach there.

Poker came along and fairly quickly I was successful at it, and not too long after that I started to get good. I went to university for a year and really put many other aspects of my life to the side. I went from playing sports 4-10 times a week to maybe once or twice, didn’t really participate in any extracurricular activities, focussed a lot less on school but in spite of all that I think it was most definitely the right thing to do. I had a fantastic opportunity to do something I enjoy, make lots of money and finally have an opportunity to truly excel at something.

After I turned 18 and could play the live circuit I did that, and I really enjoyed the free time, the opportunity to meet lots of people with the same common interest, the ability to see lots of new places. I started to get really good and fortunately after only ~5 months on the live circuit I won EPT Dortmund. I got to the point where I thought I was better than pretty much everyone and along with the success I had in tournaments I was doing extremely well in HU/shorthanded cash. After the 7 figure score I lost a fair bit of motivation to grind and went through a phase of playing very little poker. I was kind of at the point where I had made enough money that unless a couple really bad things happened, I had set myself up to be in a comfortable position for life. At this point I had more or less realized I would never be the best poker player since there were plenty of people who were smarter than me, had bigger egos than me and just legitimately enjoyed playing and learning poker more than I did. I still was very good but probably ~2 years ago is when I came to terms with the fact I would never be viewed as the #1 poker player in the world.

So anyways… at this point I arrive at the “where do I go from here” question that I asked in the title. I honestly don’t know but I think at least setting myself up to be in positions to find things I’m passionate about is probably the right approach. I recently began talking with a friend about a business idea that we’d consider starting in the next few years and although I was originally just thinking my involvement would be limited to investment, I’m now realizing that this is the type of thing that could highly interest me. I think returning to school and trying out a super wide variety of courses, learning new things, meeting new people and just beginning to live a life that is more in touch with everyone else seems aligned with my interests. I currently am trying to get in touch with the university of Waterloo about possibly taking some classes this summer, and depending on how that goes may return to Waterloo or another university in the fall.

My guess is that Mike is just taking an extended break and will come back strong in time for the 2011 WSOP where he will be eligible to play. He’s got money now, is already a smart guy, and will look to find other ways to build his bankroll. Best of luck Mike, and we’ll see you again soon!

Canadians dominate the 2010 WSOP

The 2010 World Series of Poker has been great for Canadians. With all events except the main event complete, it total Canadians won 5 bracelets, 511 wsop cashes, and a total of $12,820,047 in prize money won, good for 2nd place overall. Complete standings by country here. This also does not include the 2 Canadian November 9 players: Jonathan Duhamel of Boucherville Quebec and Mathew Jarvis of Surrey British Columbia. Jonathan Duhamel goes into the final table as the chip leader with 65,975,000 and Matthew Jarvis is 5/9 with 16,700,000 chips. Pascal LeFrancois of Rosemere Quebec just bubbled the wsop main event final table busting out in 11th, while trying to win his second bracelet of the 2010 wsop.

The Canadians winning a bracelet in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) include:

Aadam Daya winning event #3 – $1000 NLH
Pascal LeFrancois winning event #8 – $1500 NLH
Miguel Proulx winning event #28 – $2500 PLO
Scott Montgomery winning event #36 – $1000 NLH
Gavin Smith winning event #44 – $2500 mixed event

Well done to all Canadians who played in the 2010 WSOP, you made us Canuck poker players proud. Good luck to Pascal and Matthew in the final, 1-2 finish… Ship it North!


Matt Jarvis wins the 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships Heads Up Title

Matt Jarvis is on one sick run. The 2010 november nine member just captured the $5k headsup tournament at the 2010 Canadian Open Poker Championships (COPC). This bodes well for him if he intends to go up against Jonathan Duhamel headsup in the 2010 wsop main event to be crowned the first ever Canadian WSOP main event winner.

Matt Jarvis defeated Christopher Bush to take home $100,000 for his efforts.

Congrats Matt on a job well done, and good luck in November!

The other COPC marquee event – $2200 main event is still happening number. Notable players still in the tournament include Mike “Timex” Mcdonald (sitting in 5th), Brad Booth, and Gavin Smith

World Team Poker Team Canada

The World Team Poker Championships returns this fall, and Team Canada is looking very strong. Team Canada entry is lead by captain Greg “FBT” Mueller. Other team canada poker members include Terrence “unassigned” Chan, Kyle Wilson, Owen Crowe, Daniel Peter Idema, Eric Cloutier, and Shawn Buchanan.

Canada was one of 19 countries added to the World Team Poker Championships, making it a total of 30 teams. Last year’s champions were China a team which included successful professionals Johnny Chan, Chau Giang, David Chiu, and others.. The 2nd season will begin sometime next month at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas. Season 1 will air on Fox Sports Net starting Sunday January 2, 2011 and will run for 13 consecutive weeks.

Vote for AceTenBomber in the Victory Poker Contest

Victory Poker is holding a contest where players submit videos and the winner as chosen by the public and a panel of judges will win a free $100,000 poker player sponsorship.  One lucky male or female out there will win $100,000 in tournament buy-ins, a fully furnished condo on the Las Vegas strip, a new car, a watch, and more!  This contest ends on October 31, 2010 and one of the current leaders in the contest is none other than Canadian Jeff “AceTenBomber” Burnett.  The Acetenbomber has his own clothing line, website, and a poker crew named the bomb Squad.  Wouldn’t it be great if you helped a fellow Canadian win this contest.  Head over to victory poker and vote for Jeff Burnett now.

Canadians in the 2011 WSOP

Summer is almost here, but the WSOP doesn’t wait for summer to arrive before getting started.  The 2011 WSOP started on a sour note on the heels of “black friday” but this did not stop players from across the world to begin their trek in Las Vegas with their ultimate goal in winning a world series of poker bracelet.

Canadians will once again try to dominate the WSOP, headed last year by main event winner Jonathon Duhamel.

Tyler Bonkowski of Regina Saskatchewan has lead the charge becoming the first Canadian to win a WSOP bracelet in 2011.  By taking down event #14 the $3000 Limit Hold’em event, Tyler took home a hard earned $220,817, the largest cash of his career.

Mark Radoja of Guelph Ontario has won Canada’s second bracelet in Event #24, the $5000 No Limit Hold’em Shootout.  Mark bested 386 opponents to take home $436,538, also the biggest cash in his career, and his 9th career WSOP cash.

Daniel Idema from British Columbia has just made it back to back bracelet wins for Canadians by shipping Event #27, the $10,000 Limit Hold’em event for a $378,472 earning.  This is definately his marquee event as he narrowly missed winning a bracelet in the same event last year losing headsup.

Kirk Caldwell from Orangeville Ontario became the biggest Canadian winner so far taking home $668,276 for his win in event #32, the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. With 2,828 entries and an overall prizepool of $3,817,800 this was a huge event. Not too bad for a guy who won a private home game satellite in the Orangeville Poker Tour for $150. Event #32 was special for Canada Poker as 4 Canadians made the final table! Canadians came 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 10th.

Shawn Buchanan just missed out on Canada’s 5th bracelet, losing heads-up to Frenchman Fabrice Soulier in the $10k H.O.R.S.E Championship.

Matt Jarvis has gone from November Nine member to bracelet winner! Matt beat out a strong field to win Event #40 the $5,000 NLHE 6max event and becomes the first Canadian to win over a million dollars in the 2011 WSOP by shipping $1,045,743 and the bracelet.

A bracelet near miss for Simon Charette finishing 2nd in Event #48, the $1,500 NLHE event. No WSOP for Simon but $404,235 should cheer him up.

Another near bracelet miss, this time Michael Yee places 2nd in Event #51 $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-low Split-8 or Better game. He took home $165,346 as a consolation prize.

Canadian Final Tables at the 2011 WSOP
Event #54 $1,000 NLHE: Ren Ho Zhang 4th for $213,539
Event #54 $1,000 NLHE: Sebastien Roy 9th for $53,333
Event #53 $1,000 Ladies NLHE Championship: Gloutnez Genevine 8th for $17,537
Event #51 $1,500 PLO 8B: Michael Yee 2nd for $165,346
Event #49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Lowball: Shawn Buchanan 9th for $13,897
Event #49 $2,500 2-7 Triple Lowball: Nicholas Verkaik 10th for $13,897
Event #48 $1,500 NLHE: Simon Charette 2nd for $404,235
Event #40 $5,000 NLHE 6 Max: Matthew Jarvis 1st for $1,045,743
Event #39 $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha: Jonas Mackoff 8th for $30,040
Event #37 $10,000 Horse Championship: Shawn Buchanan 2nd for $376,458
Event #35 $5,000 Pot Limit Omaha: Michael McDonald 5th for $73,965
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Kirk Caldwell 1st for $668,276
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Marc Mclaughlin 3rd for $292,634
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Gabriel Houle 4th for $211,353
Event #32 $1,500 NLHE: Michael Whitfield 10th for $38,445
Event #28 $1,500 NLHE: Owen Crowe 4th for $190,147
Event #27 $10,000 LHE: Daniel Idema 1st for $378,472
Event #24 $5,000 NLHE Shootout: Mark Radoja 1st for $436,568
Event #14 $3,000 LHE: Tyler Bonkowski 1st for $220,817
Event #13 $1,500 NLHE Shootout: Erik Cajelais 5th for $79,315
Event #11 $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split 8+: Guillaume Rivet 6th for $92,908
Event #8 $1,000 NLHE: Jonathan Driscoll 10th for $38,128
Event #7 $10,000 PLHE: Eric Cloutier 7th for $87,702
Event #4 $5,000 NLHE: Sean LeFort 3rd for $348,128
Event #1 Employees $500 NLHE: Jason Baker 2nd for $50,807

Congratulations go out to all Canadians who have cashed in the 2011 WSOP. Unfortunately there is too many to list here. For those who have cashed in the WSOP or any other poker tournament in Vegas and need help reclaiming the 30% withholding tax that has been stripped from your winnings, contact RMS it is the easiest and most painless way to get your money back.

Mike McDonald wins Epic Poker League Main Event

Mike McDonald, otherwise known as Timex in the online poker world, emerged as the champion of the Epic Poker League main event #2.  Mike the student from Waterloo Ontario bested out a tough final including runner up David Steicke, Erik Seidel, Isaac Baron, Fabrice Soulier, Dutch Boyd, and Nam Le, to take home the title and the $782,410.  Timex’s A4 held up against the might K2 of Steicke, and he became the first EPL champion from Canada.

Here is the final table payout of Epic Poker League Event #2

1. Mike McDonald $782,410
2. David Steicke $506,260
3. Fabrice Soulier $299,160
4. Erik Seidel $184,100
5. Nam Le $126,570
6. Isaac Baron $92,050
7. Sean Getzville $69,040
8. Dutch Boyd $57,530

The next event will take place on Dec 9 and will be a heads up tournament.  Congrats and way to represent Canada Mike!

Arrests made in Jonathan Duhamel Robbery

Just before Christmas, 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel was the victim of a home invasion robbery.  He was beaten up and amongst the items stolen from his home included his WSOP bracelet (worth around $50,000), his Rolex watch ( a present from Poker Stars worth around $20,000), and some Euro cash.

On December 24, a 20 year old female was arrested, along with 2 other men, and one other man was arrested on Dec 29.  The 20 year old female, Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, was in fact Duhamel’s ex-girlfriend!  Since everything was targeted, and the beating of Jonathan made it look personal, it makes absolute sense.  She must have been scorned with his recent wealth, and probably left her with what she deserves, nothing.

It is not known if Dumahel’s reward of up to $10,000 played a part in the arrests.  His Rolex watch was recovered, but the WSOP bracelet is still MIA.