List of Top-Ranked Canadian Poker Players May Surprise You!

There are many top Canadian poker players, although some of their names may not be quite as familiar or as popular as Daniel Negreanu? The 6-times WSOP bracelet winner may have spent most of his adult life living in Las Vegas, but he proudly claims Canada as his birthplace and remembers his youth in Toronto with fondness.

Online poker has been popular in Canada since the late 1990s, though it blossomed and grew during the time of the online poker boom. That era started with Chris Moneymaker’s World Series of Poker Main Event win in 2003 and continued through 2010. Live poker has grown in popularity as well, too. These days, some of the world’s top poker pros live in Canada or hail from Canada.

Let’s therefore take a look at Negreanu and some of the other Canadian poker players that rank highest on the Hendon Mob database for live tournament poker earnings.

Canada All-Time Earnings List

It is no surprise that Daniel Negreanu tops this list. As of the end of April, he has more than $39.8 million in lifetime live poker tournament winnings, second only to Justin Bonomo of the United States, with less than $5 million separating the two.

Second is Jonathan Duhamel of Boucherville with more than $18 million. He has played poker – online and live – since 2006. However, he is best known for his WSOP Main Event victory in 2010, for which he won $8.9 million and the title of world champion.

Sam Greenwood comes in third with more than $15.7 million. The Toronto native is a regular on the high roller tournament circuit, but he has numerous other event wins to his credit.

Rounding out the top five is Timothy Adams in fourth with $14.1 million, and Waterloo-born, Calgary-residing Mike McDonald in fifth with $13.2 million.

Top 2018 Canadian Poker Players

In just the past full year of 2018, Sam Greenwood ranks first with more than $5.7 in that year alone. He made three final tables at that year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, won a high-stakes tournament at the Aussie Millions, won the PartyPoker Millions Super High Roller in Barcelona and the WPT Amsterdam High Roller, as well as the EPT Super High Roller in Monte Carlo. It all added up quickly to a put him atop the Canadian list in 2018.

Daniel Negreanu took second on this list with $4.5 million. In 2018, he made final tables from the PCA to US Poker Open, taking second in the Super High Roller Bowl in Las Vegas, cashing several times at the WSOP that summer, and final tabling two events at the Poker Masters.

Peter Jetten of Toronto came in third with more than $2.5 million. Furthermore, all that money was won playing high roller tournaments at the Triton Super High Roller Series in Asia.

Tim Adams sat in fourth in 2018 with $2.4 million from playing a mix of high rollers and regular buy-in events. Meanwhile, Pascal Lefrancois of Rosemere took most of his $2.2 million at the PartyPoker Millions in Barcelona.

Kristen Bicknell Tops Lists

It is rare to see a woman at the top of these lists, as they traditionally haven’t played the high rollers nearly as often as male players. But Kristen Bicknell is different.

Born in St. Catharines and currently calling Nepean home, the Ontario woman started her poker career primarily playing online poker. However, she has taken more to the live circuit in recent years. She is currently an ambassador for PartyPoker and plays online there as well as live around the world. She has even been venturing into the high rollers of late.

Her last few years of live winnings speaks volumes:

  • 2016: $457,777
  • 2017: $551,906
  • 2018: $1,095,611
  • 2019 through April: $962,589

She is currently eighth on the all-time women live earnings list with nearly $3.3 million. She is also not far far behind Maria Ho and Vanessa Rousso. It might take her a bit to catch up to the $11.8 million of Vanessa Selbst, though, but she has no plans to stop anytime soon.

Bicknell was eighth overall in Canada in 2018 alone. Moreover, she was the top female player in the world in 2018. In fact, she repeated that feat from 2017. For those two consecutive years, she won the GPI Female Player of the Year award.

Canada may know Daniel Negreanu as the most popular Canadian poker player in the world. However, Kristen Bicknell is currently working her way into the history books.

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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