Plus, after all, he is Canadian. As is 50% of the PL.com tournament reporting team, but by now 100% of it understands that Canadians have come to dominate this great game.
It started back when the poker boom began and the new face of the game became none other than Canadian Daniel Negreanu. Given his almost $10 million in career earnings to date, those who would argue the Team PokerStars Pro is not one of the game's greats are few and far between.
Although Gavin has yet to take home any jewelry from the WSOP he's helped cement the idea that those really polite people from up north who speak funny can play the game. His WPT win, 2006 WPT Player of the Year award and close to $4 million in career winnings certainly do that.
But Canada, and Canadian poker, has become much more than just Birdguts and Kid Poker. In fact, in the past year Canadians have gone about hell-bent on world domination, flying wherever poker is played and winning!
Things really got rolling back in February when an 18-year-old math whiz from Waterloo, Ontario took on Europe's best and won.
Mike "Timex" McDonald had been clandestinely killing online for years and jumped onboard the European Poker Tour's fourth season because the locales on the other side of the Atlantic include the only places in the world they'll let someone that young hop on the felt.
One EPT Dortmund title and €933,600 later and some people are starting to peg this Canadian as the future of the game.
If the EPT didn't get the Canadian message then, it was delivered at the Grand Final in April when 22-year-old Glen Chorny packed a suitcase full of the richest prize in European Poker History to take back to Waterloo. More than €2 million should go a long way to proving that as a Canadian, Chorny comes from good poker stock. Plus, another Canadian, Maxime Villemure, took third in the Grand Final as well.
The incredible start to 2008 for flyers of the red-and-white maple leaf flag did not stop there, though, as no fewer than four Canadians made the final eight of the 888.com World Poker Crown, and Jack Hinchey, a plumber from Oshawa, Ontario, took home the $1 million first-place prize.
That roughly brings us back to the 2008 WSOP and with Medic's massive win in just the first event there's no telling how many of the 54 other bracelets up for grabs could end up in Canadian hands.
In the eyes of Americans, Canadians are generally known as an affable group, polite, friendly, easygoing people who say "aboot" instead of "about" and live in igloos for most of the year!
But I'm here to tell anybody who will listen that the majority of Canadians are so much more. They're smart as a whip and, thanks to some lax immigration laws, live in a country that's so incredibly multicultural most can't help but gain a great understanding of other people and cultures. It may not be the whole story, but that ability to read and understand people from all over the planet is certainly a part of what makes Canadians so good at the game.