Canada being United States’ northern neighbor always boasted of having a flourishing population of poker players. However at present due to stringent laws, poker is confined to unlawful card clubs and the restaurants and bar’s backrooms. Even as there are several casinos spread across the Canadian tundra, various provincial administrations legislate and control their trades from region to region. Hence the openness and quantity of poker games differs on the basis of where you stay in Canada.
Toronto and Vancouver persists to be the major poker hotbeds. Now King Edward has also joined the list of poker hot spots. It has a casino with a poker room, appreciation to the constant interest shown to the sport following the poker boom that happened in 2003.
Both Canada as well as America got acquainted with poker almost at same time. In Canada, the game got developed due to the presence of a strong French population. Poker on its own got developed from opaque, a French game that was played in Louisiana’s French district.
Some of the prominent Canadian player who made it big in the poker arena are 2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel, Daniel Negreanu, Sorel Mizzi, Mike McDonald, Isabelle Mercier, Kara Scott, Evelyn Ng, Nenad Medic and Gavin Smith, in addition to some latest WSOP major Event final table members Scott Montgomery, Darus Suharto and Matt Jarvis.
A glance at few of the eminent poker players and their career achievements:
Daniel Negreanu: This leading Canadian poker player has earned in his career an amount of $14.6 million. He has also had the credit of being two time WPT champion and four WSOP bracelets. He is the frontman for PokerStars Pro team.
SorelMizzi: Another popular poker player fromCanada, who made $3.7 million as career tournament earnings. He is an online poker celebrity, who has 2FTOPS titles. At the FTOPS XX, he has made 17 cashes out of the 45 events
Mike “Timex” McDonald: This prominent Canadian has made a total of $2.8 million dollar as career earnings. He is on 22 years of age and has won the EPT German open. Mike has secure the 2nd place in the Aussie million held in 2008. He has to his credit one WPT Final Table & Three EPT Final Tables.
Jonathan Duhamel: He is the first Canadian to succeed in WSOP main event bracelet. He is a team Poker star pro and has earned an impassive amount of $9.5 million earnings in live winnings. Jonathan is the champion of the 2010 world series of Poker event.
Gavin Smith: He has made career earnings of about $5.6 million. He has won the WSOP bracelet in the year 2011, and has completed first, second, third and fourth in WPT events. He is season 4’s WPT Player of the Year.
The Government of Canada has passed legislation on Poker. Presently many provinces in Canada have legalized online poker and even endeavored to step up their online poker sites.