Canadians continue to kick butt and take names at virtually ever major buy-in NLHE event. Most recently a full 1/3 of the Final Table of the $5,000 buy-In World Series of Poker Circuit Championship Event at Harrah's Rincon casino in San Diego hailed from the Great White North. Davidson Matthew, Eric Cajelais and Gavin Smith all advanced to the final 9 finishing 2nd, 5th and 7th respectively. While the lovable Gavin Smith - originally from Guelph-Ontario, has become a household name, both Matthew and Cajelais are adding to their impressive big buy-in tournament resumes.
Matthew, a 47-year old from Toronto made a big splash when he finshed runner up to Joe Batholdi at the WPT's biggest event of the year, the $25,000 buy-in Championship Event, taking home $1.9 million. Yes $1.9 million. Enough for Matthew to join the circuit full-time. Matthew who has never been spotted without a big ol' grin on his face laughing about something, has since cashed in 13 events including a win in the famous Saturday $1,000 buy-in at the Bellagio and a 10th at the Borgata Winter Classic just 3 weeks prior to his runner-up in San Diego. His tournament winnings in the past 10 months now total nearly $2.3 milliion.
Erik Cajelais, from Montreal, is considered an up-and-coming superstar. Young, brash and confident, the 22 year-old tears up the cash games as much as the tournament trail. His biggest moment came last December when he won the $5,000 buy-in event at the Five Diamond Poker Classic at the Bellagio taking down a powerhouse final table that included Joe Tehan, Eric Seidel and two of his young gun contemporaries, Justin Bonomo and Shannon Shorr. Cajelais seems more interested in taking down big pots than making friends, judging by a reported run-in with Phil Gordon. According to several reports, the following exchange took place after Gordon was eliminated by Barry Greenstein.