Vancouver’s Idema Wins WSOP Bracelet

Dan Idema
Dan Idema

Vancouver may not have a Stanley Cup, but thanks to Dan Idema the city is home to another WSOP bracelet winner.

Just two days after the local Canucks hockey team lost the Stanley Cup Finals and the city spun out into a violent riot, Idema finished off three days of hard-fought poker with a $378k victory in the $10k Limit Championship at the 2011 WSOP.

It was a slightly bittersweet victory for Idema who had hoped to see his favorite team bring home the hardware in addition to his own personal victory. 

“Yeah it was a little bit of redemption I guess,” he said. “It’s really tough. Obviously Vancouver is a tremendous hockey city.

The 26-year-old overcame one of the toughest final tables at this summer’s WSOP with noted pros Barry Greenstein, Steve Landfish, Justin Smith, Isaac Haxton, Matthew Gallin, Dom Denotaristefani, Richard Brodie and Nick Schulman.

Incredibly Idema nearly won the same event last year, when he finished runner-up to eventual winner Matt Keikoan.

Organizers joked they should rename the tournament the “Dan Idema Benefit Tournament” but Idema was modest when he accepted his bracelet.

“It’s a tremendous honor to even have those results,” he said. “Winning it is obviously a lot better than coming second but I felt very fortunate to even come in second place last year.”

Idema also won the British Columbia Poker Championship at his local casino – the Red Rock – back in 2007 for $409,890. He now has more than $1 million in lifetime tournament earnings.

Primarily a Limit Hold’em player, Idema was first introduced to poker through Limit Hold’em and most of his early training was through that particular variant of the game.

“After I got a feel for Limit I branched out into other games,” he explained.

Idema joins a long list of Vancouver-based WSOP bracelet winners including Greg “FBT” Mueller, Duncan Bell, Jason Warner, Robert Cheung,

Idema had an optimistic message for fellow Vancouver Canucks still smarting from losing their third shot at a Stanley Cup title.

“You just gotta get back up and hopefully the Canucks will have another chance next year,” he said.

The 2011 WSOP continues through July 19. For comprehensive coverage live from Las Vegas be sure to check PokerListings’ Live Updates and News.

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