Fifth Canadian Bracelet Winner at 2011 WSOP

June 26, 2011

In 2010, Canadian poker pro Matthew Jarvis made the final table of the Main Event at the World Series of Poker, and while he didn’t win the Main Event (fellow Canadian Jonathan Duhamel did), he’s back at the WSOP tables this year and has won his first WSOP bracelet in the $5,000 6-Handed No Limit Hold ‘em event, which came with an $808K pay check, event #40.

Twenty-six-year-old Jarvis placed 8th in the 2010 WSOP Main Event, but withstood 7,311 other players and still took home more than $1 million in final table winnings. This year, he’s one of five other Canadians to win gold bracelets winners. This is Jarvis’s second final table appearance, third cash finish, and first bracelet. This was his 10th WSOP event, though he almost skipped the WSOP this year when his father was diagnosed with cancer. His father, who is doing well, talked him into going to Vegas to play, and it’s a good thing he did.

According to, on winning his first bracelet, Jarvis said, “You dream of a moment like this from the first time you start playing poker. To win an event like this with as tough a field as this was, is an amazing feeling.”

It’s only been eight months since the final table of last year’s series was played out. Jarvis said, “It’s been a really crazy. I did win two (live) tournaments. I also won a major tournament online. It’s been a really good year for me, so far. I just hope it keeps going.”

He is also extra proud of his fellow Canadians who have really done very well at the WSOP this year. He said, “There are so many great players coming out of Canada, especially in Vancouver. It’s amazing to be a part of that group that is doing so well here this year.”

Jarvis is definitely one to watch. His skill and sheer determination have got him pretty far and will undoubtedly carry him even further.


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