Ex-WHL Defenceman Dan Idema wins Canada's 9th WSOP Bracelet
Vancouver pro Dan Idema had a great night. He had a rail full of WSOP bracelet wearing Canadians cheering him on at the $1,500 Stud Hi-Low final table, battled through the competition, got heads up, ordered some Jagermeister, then proceeded to win Canada's NINTH bracelet and $184,590.
The 28-year-old former hockey player joined the prestigious multiple bracelet club with his 2nd WSOP win from 5 final table appearances on top of 19 career series cashes. Entertaining Californian Joseph Hertzog lasted 92 hands and 3 rounds of doubles, before being eliminated in second place.
Idema was a standout stay-at-home defenceman before a nasty low knee-on-knee hit by current Detroit Red Wing Jordin Tootoo changed things in 2003. Four years on, Idema was a successful limit hold 'em specialist playing big live games in California. Then, one night at the River Rock Resort in Vancouver everything changed when he won the BC Poker Championships for a $410,000 payday. He's been touring the world winning cash ever since, with $1.7 Million in tournament earnings so far.
The final table began with 3 Canucks aboard, Mike "GoLeafsGo" Leah (from Ontario obviously) and Vancouver's Tony Gill finished 5th and 6th, for $37K and $27K respectively.