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2010 November Nine: Matthew Jarvis
Matthew Jarvis might fly under the November Nine radar, but it’s obvious he’s living the poker dream.
The 25-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada will enter the 2010 WSOP Main Event final table in November as one of the middle-stacks with 16 million chips.
"I'm so excited to be a part of it," said Jarvis. "It's pretty amazing."
Jarvis did not take the easiest road in securing his final-table seat and after building up a huge stack of 30 million he saw more than 50% disappear over the arduous 6-hour final-table bubble.
"The bubble is almost like something you could never even imagine," said Jarvis, a former business student. "It's like a super satellite but the winner gets into the November Nine and lives every poker player's dream."
Despite his frustrations about his last few hours of play, Jarvis has already outlasted 7,319 players and will enter the final table with more than 30 big blinds and a shot at the $8.9 million first-place prize.
Born in Richmond, B.C., Jarvis has a competitive nature in his genes as his father, Norm Jarvis, was a professional golfer.
Jarvis picked up poker after playing small games at a sales company where he used to work. Eventually he ended up in a casino and from that he moved on to playing poker tournaments online as well as sit-and-gos.
"I've always been really good at math and I'm also a really competitive guy," he said. "I think between those two things... well, that's poker."
Jarvis integrated himself into a strong poker community in Vancouver and after learning from his mistakes his game started to improve.
Professional poker was initially a tough sell to his family and friends but with Jarvis on the verge of winning the most prestigious tournament in the world, they're starting to come around.
"They're pretty excited about it now," he said. "I've gotten messages from 40 or 50 people I honestly don't even really know."
Jarvis and Jonathan Duhamel are the only two Canadians at the 2010 WSOP final table. Both have a chance at becoming the first player from the country to win poker's biggest prize.
"The next four months I'm going to let the world get to know me and know who I am," said Jarvis. "I'm just going to try and represent Vancouver and Canada as best I can.
The 2010 WSOP Main Event final table begins Nov. 6, with a winner crowned on Nov. 8 and ESPN airing the final table on Nov. 9.