Canada's Kirk Caldwell Turns $150 into $688,000 at the WSOP

Kirk Caldwell WSOP Winner
Caldwell is the eighth bracelet winner this summer without a previous WSOP cash.

Starting with a $150 mini-satellite at his home game in Orangeville, Ontario Kirk Caldwell is taking home $668,276 and his first gold bracelet from the World Series of Poker.

Caldwell, an amateur poker player who sells auto parts by day, defeated a massive field of 2,828 and became the fourth Canadian bracelet winner at the 2011 WSOP.

“This win means the world to me,” Caldwell told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.

“I’ve accomplished a feat that so many people try for but it was definitely a hard road,” he said.

When a few members of Caldwell’s home game decided to travel to the World Series of Poker, the rest of the group decided to organize a satellite for those who couldn’t otherwise afford the buy-in and travel costs.

They each put up $150 and pledged 15% of the winner’s equity to those who participated in the satellite.

That 15% is now worth over $100,000.

Caldwell defeated a final table that included three other Canadians. Canada is now second in total bracelets behind the US.

Caldwell is the eighth bracelet winner this summer with zero previous WSOP results. A purely recreational player, Caldwell told us his only poker experience is the home game he’s played in for the last three years.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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