A pretty long list of great things is found in Canada. There is the legendary moose, maple syrup, poutine, and Wolverine. That’s the comic book character we’re talking about, not actual wolverines. Yes, he’s Canadian, in case you didn’t know.
So when your list of great things includes the above, it just seems unfair that Canada is also home to some of the greatest professional Poker players too. In fact, as far as renowned players go, the country happens to be lucky enough to have some of the best in the world. That list keeps growing too, so keep your eyes peeled for more pros hailing from the Great White North in the future. Maybe if you put in the hours at a casino, you could see your own name on a list like this one day.
These are the top 5 ranked Poker players in the world that are proud to live under the red Maple Leaf.
Every list relating to playing pro is likely to have the name Daniel Negreanu on it. He has the nickname Kid Poker, which just about says it all. Some even argue that he is the greatest player in the world, hands down, not just one that also happens to be Canadian. He is widely regarded as having earned the most money from playing professionally, which is certainly a great achievement to have.
He has won the World Series of Poker bracelet a total of 6 times, giving him a grand fortune of around $17 million just from this tournament. Plus, he also happens to be the only player ever to snag the World Series of Poker Player of the Year twice. Once in 2014, and again in 2013. Not much more need be said to justify his high acclaim in the professional circles, and with a net worth estimated at around $50 million it’s easy to see why Negreanu is considered to be at the top of his game.
A notable aspect of Sam Greenwood is that much of his incredible success has been seen just recently. In 2014 he had a live tournament winning bank balance of around $92,000. Not too impressive as far as professional playing goes, though still nothing to sneeze at. Today, in 2018, he can proudly declare that he has earned $4,2 million. That’s a pretty impressive turn around, especially in the world of professional Poker. Let’s hope he keeps riding the wave of success as he’s currently at number 4 on the list of the top Canadian earners in the game.
Coming in at third is Mike Leah. He is renowned for being a consistently great player, raking in the cash, but never actively seeking the limelight as he does so. In terms of live tournament earnings, he has around $7 million under his belt. Earlier in 2018 he bagged the World Poker Tour Fallsview Classic, taking home $358,000 to add to his growing wealth.
Ari Engel is often referred to as a grinder. What this means in the professional world is that he all but refuses to settle down. Instead, he simply jumps from tournament to tournament, living out of a suitcase and never taking the time to rest. This is perhaps why he is so successful, having bagged the Aussie Millions in 2016, and walking away with $1,1 million.
Last we have Kirsten Bicknell, who is now a recognisable name after smashing the ladies championships in the World Series of Poker in 2013. She took home a cool $132,000, and it was the start to an ever-rising career. This was followed quickly by a $290,000 second victory in the NLHE Bounty, proving that the first success was no fluke, and the lady has what it takes to be a world champion.