Canada's poker scene lost one of its most recognizable faces on July 18th, 2015. Atlantic-Canadian Norman Overdijk has passed away in a tragic powered-parachute accident.
Not many details are available at this time, but it appears Overdijk and a 26-year-old man crashed shortly after takeoff in a two-seater paraplane somewhere in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Overdijk was pronounced dead at the scene while the other occupant was rushed to a Halifax hospital by an emergency helicopter with life-threatening injuries.
If you’ve played poker in any main event in Canada, Overdijk may have been at your table. From Halifax, Nova Scotia to Richmond, B.C., the 54-year-old Overdijk travelled coast to coast playing Canada’s biggest tournaments. Overdijk’s Hendon Mob page shows $121,952 in career tournament earnings with his largest cash coming at the 2011 $5,000 B.C. Poker Championship High Roller where he placed fifth for $24,028.
One of Overdijk’s proudest poker moments came when he was featured on the cover of Canadian Poker Player Magazine for winning the 2011 Canadian Poker Tour Player of the Year. Overdijk won the honour on the back of a third-place finish in the 2011 $2,200 CPT Championship in Calgary, Alberta on February 5, 2011. Another career highlight was a deep run in the 2013 $3,850 WPT Montreal Main Event worth over $16,000. Overdijk's final cash was just last month when he narrowly missed the final table of the $330 Main Event at the P.E.I. Poker Challenge in Charlottetown on June 12.
We at PokerNews Canada would like to extend our deepest condolences to Norman’s family, friends, and all the people throughout Canada who may have have crossed paths or pots with him. Norman was an adventure-seeker who could usually be found on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, scuba-diving in the ocean, or jumping out of a plane. The man died while doing something he loved. He will be missed.
Image courtesy of Canadian Poker Player Magazine.