Most poker fans remember the name Matt Jarvis from his incredible play at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event. However, the Full Tilt Poker pro may now receive a little more recognition, due to his first place finish in this year’s $5,000 Six-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event.
Battling a field that was littered with some of the most threatening online and live tournament professionals, Jarvis was able to withstand strikes from 731 other players to finally capture a bracelet at the WSOP. In what seemed to be a missed opportunity in 2010, the resilient 26-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia earned a sense of redemption by coming out on top of a formidable field. He emerged with an additional $808,538 in his bankroll, on top of a gorgeous piece of wrist wear.
In retrospect, to say that the tournament field was tough, could be a severe understatement. Not only did the 732 entries topple last year’s statistic (568 players), but in clockwork fashion, Jarvis had to combat pro after pro on his way to his first WSOP title. Likely due to the increasing popularity of the six-max format both online and live, whether it was Michael Mizrachi or Daniel Negreanu, it seemed as though Jarvis had the misfortune of always being across the table from a worthy adversary.
“This has been a really tough four days,” Jarvis mentioned, in the aftermath of his very important victory. “I had to compete with players like Vanessa Selbst and Michael Mizrachi at my table. It was just one tough opponent after another.”
One of the benefits of playing against such steep competition however, is the level of satisfaction you intake from overcoming such odds. Although Jarvis’ 2010 November Nine appearance certainly earned him a good deal of respect, there’s very little that can instill more dignity than by coming back the next year, and winning your first major tournament title.
“I think the November Nine put me on the map, but this secures me as a player,” said Jarvis. “Especially in such a tough field, it shows that I can do it again and that I’m a capable poker player.”
In order to win his second-largest payday to date, he needed to defeat the 24-year-old Justin Filtz, whom also is enjoying his fair share of success at the World Series of Poker. Filtz, who has cashed six times on poker’s biggest tournament stage, came close to a win, but fell just short against Jarvis who proved to be a little too troublesome.
Although Jarvis’ play didn’t lack throughout the entire tournament, he was a little nervous about the layover during his heads-up battle against Filtz. After building a substantial 4:1 chip lead over his rival, the maximum amount of levels had expired, requiring play to resume on the next day.
Eerily familiar to his four-month delay after making the November Nine, Jarvis considered the pauses between both events a deterrence to his game.
“The break was tough. I had so much momentum, which was how I felt for the November Nine.”
While Jarvis seems to think the breaks are problematic, according to his results, he may need to remain patient more often.
In fact, since the introduction of the November Nine concept in 2008, only three players, Phil Ivey, Eric Buchman and Jarvis, have gone on to win another bracelet following the year that they made the Main Event final table.
But that’s not the only exclusive club that Jarvis has made himself a part of. He also is now one of five Canadian players to have grabbed a bracelet during the 2011 WSOP.
Canada continues to be a plentiful resource for professional poker talent, with new faces such as Martin Giguere, Shawn Buchanan and Johnathan Duhamel leading the way. In fact, Duhamel was also one of the few Canadian players still in contention for this title, despite his eventual finish in 15th place. Nonetheless, there are few more proud to be a part of such a distinct collection of talent than Jarvis.
“It’s unbelievable. There are so many great players coming out of Canada. It’s amazing to be part of that group that is doing so well here this year. There was a really good foundation for poker in Vancouver. A lot of us know eachother and kind of come up together. Look for more good things to come.”
We can only hope to see more of Matthew Jarvis, as the Main Event is currently underway.
Can he make another deep run at a Main Event title?
Only time will tell.
Stay tuned for more info from us here at High Stakes Report.