As 2015 comes to a close, we look back on the 10 most popular stories of the year on PokerNews Canada. It’s like a “Greatest Hits” album for Canadian poker in 2015. One by one, we count down the top stories of the year until New Year’s Eve.
The second-most popular story of the year featured one of Calgary, Alberta’s poker pros taking his skills to a new game. Kevin Martin made the cast of Big Brother Canada Season 3 to try to win $100,000 for being the last housemate standing.
Martin was making his living playing live cash games and had recently delved into playing online tournaments, though he admits online games are not his forte and his focus there is more on having fun. He began streaming the action on Twitch and had built a modest following.
His poker life was put on hold as he joined 15 other contestants for the reality show that sees them locked in a heavily-surveilled house for several weeks. He entered with a strategy to lay low until late stages by throwing all of the competitions and to hide the fact that he is a professional poker player — something he felt might make him a target.
Ultimately, Martin’s demise was an unfortunate one. He did not win the $100,000, but seemed to be on course to be in strong contention for it. He was the victim of an unprecedented triple eviction that shocked the household and viewers alike. He went from Head of Household to eviction nominee in mere minutes and was quickly sent out the door after seven weeks of great play.
Martin is back in Calgary now, playing poker and living with Team PokerStars Online Pro and Twitch sensation Jaime Staples, along with Staples’ brother Matt who has also begun his own Twitch stream.