Five of the Best Canadian Poker Players


Canada has already established a proficient reputation within the casino industry. Having been the talk of the town involving buying landmark renowned casinos, it is no wonder the country holds some of the most reputed poker players. With 2019 fast approaching and new poker tournaments on the way, it’s a question weighing on all casino enthusiasts minds if any competitor will be of Canadian descent.

It may come as a surprise to some to know many famous poker players began their careers playing through online poker sites, allowing them to enter tournaments and familiarize themselves with various poker strategies. Although most, by now, have their own strategies and winning quirks, it all began somewhere and arguably one of the best places to gain knowledge is through online poker forums. Here are 5 of the best poker Canadian poker players.

Daniel Negreanu

The 44 year old Canadian is a professional poker player with 6 WSOP bracelets and 2 WPT championships beneath his name. Daniel Negreanu has been internationally recognized by the Global Poker Index as the best poker player in 2014, being introduced into the Poker Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. At the tender age of only 23 the Canadians poker career took off, Daniel won the Pot Limit Hold’em event at the World Series of Poker, making him the youngest player to win the much coveted WSOP bracelet.

Since 2018 he is the second biggest live tournament poker player, totalling up a whopping sum of close to $40 million in winnings.

Sam Greenwood

2018 proved to be a sensational year for the Canadian professional poker player who has raked in over $4 million in winnings. In just this past year alone he has won the EPT Monte Carlo Super High Roller championship, he has won at the WPT Amsterdam High Roller and he has raked in over $1 million in winnings at the Party Poker Millions Grand Final Barcelona Super High Roller. Sam has also finished third in the APPT Macau Super High Roller and pulled in just below $350K at the PCA.

Some would claim 2018 couldn’t have gotten any better for the poker champion.

Jonathan Duhamel

The title moment for Jonathan was at the 2010 WSOP when he won the Main Event. He has since won 3 WSOP bracelets, making him the first Canadian to win the bracelet. The poker players live poker tournaments winnings have been cashed in at a grand total exceeding $18 million.

Ari Engel

Another Canadian poker player who had the greatest luck in 2018 is Ari Engel, WSOP gold ring champion. Holding 9 WSOP Circuit golden rings, it has been rumoured the poker star is chasing after the golden bracelet. His fame hit when he won the Aussie Millions and was paid over $1 million in winnings back in 2016. The card champion has also won 3 other massive poker championships including the Barcelona High Roller, the Punta Cana Poker Classic and Party Poker Million.

Back in 2012, Ari also won the Empire State Poker Championship alongside 2 other coveted events, paving his road to success in the gaming industry.

Kristen Bicknell

Only 31 years of age, the talented Miss Bicknell has managed to make a name for herself amongst some of the biggest poker legends. From Ontario, the Canadian poker champ began playing online in 2006 and has since taken the world by storm.

In 2013 Kristen won the Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship, a widely followed event of WSOP. Then again in 2016 No-Limit Hold’em Bounty Event and won nearly $300K, the year she signed with partypoker.

In 2017 the female poker champion ranked highest after her WPT Five Diamond Series at Bellagio first place win. 2018 has also proven to be a rewarding year for Kirsten as she has become familiar to more famed opponents, defeating David Peters, an accomplished poker player famous for his skill.

Massive gaming platforms such as the renowned 888 Poker have been used to hone skill and create knowledge that has led poker stars to where they stand today in the gaming industry creating an opportunity for any poker enthusiast to test their skill and see if they have what it takes.