Dvoress Captures WSOP 2020 Online Win for Canada

Canadians have a long history of shining brightly in the World Series of Poker. In fact, Canada is second only to the United States in the number of players winning WSOP bracelets.

  • US all-time bracelets = 1,237
  • Canada all-time bracelets = 67

The same goes for earnings in official WSOP tournaments.

  • US all-time WSOP earnings = $2,855,118,000
  • Canada all-time WSOP earnings = $223,360,600

When the World Series of Poker took its action online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, it opened action to many more countries. Players who never had the time or means to travel to the US for poker each summer suddenly had the opportunity to play from their home countries. More countries are now climbing the WSOP leaderboards.

Canada remains a solid player in the WSOP 2020 Online, however. And the latest Canadian to win that coveted WSOP gold is often ranked as among the top players in the world. He was also one of the best players to have never won a WSOP bracelet…until this year.

Daniel Dvoress finally did it.

Years of Putting in the Work

Born in 1988 in Russia, Dvoress’ family moved to Canada when Daniel was eight years old. Toronto has been and continues to be home for him.

Dvoress began playing poker in his last year of high school online, though his parents redirected his focus to his education. When he went to university, though, his poker interests from 2006 returned without the watchful eyes of his parents. He slowly rose in the online poker ranks while also making money on which to live and to begin to pay his student loans.

Through the years, Dvoress accumulated more than $2.5 million in tournament cashes on sites like PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, usually playing as “Oxota.”

In 2013, Dvoress began accumulating cashes in live poker tournaments. He traveled to events like the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA), European Poker Tour events, and tours that played in Canada.

Through the years, his skills took him to higher levels of poker tournaments, such as high rollers online and live. But no matter what he played, he made many final tables but never claimed a win. He seemed to take it lightly, with a bit of humor even.

Winning a Big One

In January 2018, Dvoress shoved that monkey off of his back. He won a $25K buy-in NLHE tournament at the PCA in the Bahamas for $73,785. It wasn’t his largest score by any means, but it was the win he had been seeking.

The Bahamas must have been his sweet spot, as he captured two more wins there in late 2019. Dvoress flew there in November to participate in the PartyPoker MILLIONS World events. He won a $25K Short Deck Hold’em event for $375K, but he claimed the biggest win of his career by taking down the $250K buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. That was worth $4.08 million.

Not Much WSOP in Years Past

Looking through Dvoress’ live tournament accomplishments through the years, it becomes apparent that there were no World Series of Poker cashes.

He eventually revealed that it had nothing to do with the WSOP brand or the schedules or structures. In a 2017 interview with PokerNews, he said. “First of all, I really like Toronto, but I’m never actually in Toronto. Toronto is really nice in the summer. It’s kind of my time off poker where I just enjoy time with friends.”

The other issue pertained to taxes. He believed it was not a positive financial move to play and cash in the US. The extreme heat of Las Vegas in the summer months wasn’t appealing, either.

But when the WSOP 2020 Online offered the opportunity to play from home on GGPoker, he took it.

WSOP 2020 Online Event 48

By the end of 2019, Dvoress was the 41st top money-earner among poker players in the world, and he ranked fifth in Canada. He had earned $15.6 million in live tournaments alone.

That didn’t count the approximately $3 million he won through the years in online poker tournaments.

The WSOP 2020 Online presented an opportunity to play a variety of buy-ins and events, one of which was the $1,500 buy-in Millionaire Maker. The No Limit Hold’em event would draw a massive crowd, but Dvoress played along. And he kept playing…all the way to the final table.

That massive crowd produced these numbers for Event 48 of the 85-event series:

  • Total entries: 6,299
  • Prize pool: $8,976,075 (far exceeding the $5M guarantee)
  • Total paid players: 764
  • Minimum payout: $2,115

Dvoress not only made the final table but entered as the chip leader with 92,476,846 chips, far ahead of Alejandro Caridad in second with just over 64 million chips.

As the shorter stacks exited, Dvoress busted the sixth-place finisher and held a nearly two-to-one lead over Caridad with five players remaining. Short-stacked Anatoly Filatov doubled through Dvoress twice, and Michael Nugent did the same. Caridad then took a substantial pot from Dvoress to narrow the latter’s lead.

Caridad lost ground, and Caio De Almeida took over second place on the leaderboard, and Dvoress took more chips back from Caridad before busting him in fifth place. Dvoress then quickly busted Nugent in fourth and Filatov in third.

On the second hand of heads-up, Dvoress busted De Almeida to win the bracelet and a substantial first-place prize.

  • 1st place: Daniel Dvoress (Canada) $1,489,289
  • 2nd place: Caio De Almeida (Brazil) $1,072,428
  • 3rd place: Anatoly Filatov (Russia) $772,251
  • 4th place: Michael Nugent (Canada) $556,095
  • 5th place: Alejandro Caridad (Argentina) $400,412
  • 6th place: Neville Endo Costa (Brazil) $288,356
  • 7th place: Ronny Kaiser (Switzerland) $207,644
  • 8th place: Tomasz Cybulski (Poland) $149,523
  • 9th place: Aneris Adomkevicius (Lithuania) $107,671


Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell

Jennifer Newell has been writing about poker and gambling since 2004. From her days in the WPT offices to covering summers of WSOP tournament action, she also followed gambling legislation to Washington D.C. and women-only poker to the Bahamas. Meanwhile, she lived in Los Angeles and Las Vegas for many years before moving back to her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Now, Jen travels less, writing about poker and online gambling from her home with her two dogs watching her every move. In her spare time, she follows politics, works on her never-finished novels, and learns Italian in the hopes of retiring to Italy someday.

If you want to know more, you can follow Jen on Twitter @WriterJen


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