Mark Radoja Scores Second Canadian WSOP Bracelet of 2011

Mark Radoja
Mark Radoja increases his total live tournament earnings to $832,000.

We’re beginning to see a trend at the WSOP: Drop out of college, become a poker pro, win a WSOP bracelet.

That’s the basic premise of Mark Radoja’s $436,568 victory in the $5k Shootout at the WSOP, although he’s quick to caution that it doesn’t work out this well for everyone.

“I don’t recommend it,” he told of his decision to pursue poker full time as a young adult.

“It’s not like you’re interviewing the players who drop out of school and don’t win a WSOP bracelet,” he said with a laugh.

But considering where Radoja comes from, Southern Ontario, he’s not exactly blazing a new trail for poker players from that part of Canada.

An extremely disproportionate number of successful players have come out of the region, including Michael “Timex” Macdonald, Nenad Medic, Steve Paul-Ambrose and Peter Jetten to name just a few.

According to Radoja there’s a reason for the trend.

“We’re all friends,” he said of the young poker community in Southern Ontario.

“We all hang out together and we all talk strategy together and I think we all play remarkably similarly,” he continued.

“I think we have a very challenging style to play against and I think a lot of that comes from all of us helping to expand each other’s games.”

While this victory was Radoja’s biggest score, it wasn’t his first significant payday at the WSOP.

He had cashed eight times previous to this event, highlighted by a third-place finish in the $5k six-max event last year for over $262,000.

While the money is paramount to continuing to play poker professionally, Radoja told us that the bracelet means so much more.

“For me it’s all about the game,” he said.

“I think it’s the most prestigious prize in poker and I respect everyone that has one so I hope now that feeling is mutual.”

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