It’s always great to be able to get behind someone from your own country when it comes to big competitions. We’ve had some great successes at the Olympics already this year, but it’s almost time to start looking to the next big events. The World Series of Poker is a brilliant opportunity for the best brains in the business to come together and battle it out to see who truly is the best. This year it’s still not finalized exactly who will be attending, but if any of these Canadian names are playing, then the rest of the world had better watch out.
First on the list is Timothy Adams, from Burlington, with a staggering poker live tournament record of $24,300,000 to date. He’s had a relatively long time to perfect his strategy, having started playing poker at just eighteen years old. Before making the leap into online tournaments, Adams won an incredible amount of money playing solely online, around $2.5 million. It wasn’t until 2007 that he appeared at the World Series of Poker for the first time and although he didn’t win, it lit a spark in him. It took him five further years to win his first WSOP bracelet, which he achieved in the $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2012 WSOP. His largest wins have come at the Triton Super High Roller Series event in Jeju where he took home more than $3 million and in the Super High Roller Bowl in Sochi, where he won a similar amount. Adams has a penchant for high roller events, so it would be no surprise to see him take home some serious prize money at the WSOP this year.
At just 32 years old, Sam Greenwood has already had an incredible poker career. He plays regularly online at many different sites and of the names we’ve mentioned his online winnings are by far the most impressive. To date, he has won more than $6 million in online-only poker tournaments, but with his earnings at more than $22 million, it’s clear to see that his big wins have all been real-life tournament-based. His career started online in 2006 and it took him just two years to make the jump to live tournaments. During the 2008 WSOP, he made his presence felt at the table, but it wasn’t until 2015 that Greenwood took home a bracelet for the $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event. One of his most notable wins was in 2019 at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Event where he was the overall winner and took home just shy of $2 million. He is currently the third most successful Canadian poker player in terms of gross tournament winnings, so it would be no surprise to see him storm the main event this year. Of course, it’s not only the main event that these players could be appearing in. There are dozens of WSOP satellites that offer thousands of players the chance to join in on the action.
Jonathan Duhamel is the final name on the list and although he only gets a short mention, he’s still a serious contender. He’s won several big events, including the High Roller at the European Poker Tour in Deauville in 2011 and several of the High Roller events at various World Series. His winnings don’t rank at quite the same level as the previous two players, with much of them coming from his win of the 2010 WSOP Main Event. However, the fact that he’s already got one main event win under his belt, means that he is certainly one to watch out for.