Dan Idema went from runner-up in 2010 to bracelet winner in 2011.
Growing up in Canada Dan Idema
was going to be, like so many other Canadian kids, a professional hockey player. Playing at the highest level through his late teens it was around this same time his brother Adam introduced him to poker.
The hockey career hit a bit of a snag due to an injury but Idema’s done okay for himself since on the felt. In 2007 Idema won the BC Poker Championship for $330,000 and just last year he finished second in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. Early Saturday morning Idema did one better – he beat the 152-player field to win the event.
“I felt very fortunate to get there last year and this year, as well. Last year, I got very unlucky when we got heads-up. Mind you, I ran very well to get heads-up,” said Idema just minutes after winning his bracelet. “I would say it is a surreal experience. It really hasn’t all sunk in yet.”
The win put Idema’s career earnings over the $1,000,000 mark and put him into an exclusive club of WSOP bracelet winners.
“It’s a tremendous honor. A lot of great players have gold bracelets and it’s such an honor to be part of that world,” said Idema.
Name: Dan Idema
Hometown: Delta, BC
Occupation: Professional poker player
Learned poker: From his brother Adam Schwartz
Lifetime tournament earnings: $1,120,203
Notable poker achievements: In 2010 Idema finished second in the $10,000 Limit Hold’em Champion, 2007 BC Poker Championship Main Event winner
Memorable quotes: (on if Limit is his best game) “I would think so, I would definitely say yes. I feel pretty comfortable in No Limit tournaments but I’d say for sure I feel a lot more comfortable playing Limit Hold’em and the results show that.”
(on why so many good players come from Vancouver) “I started playing poker with my brother Adam. Then, there’s Shawn Buchanan, who I think is one of the best players in the world, and he’s from Canada on the West Coast. Greg Mueller is another. Zach Fellows, Matt Jarvis – there are just so many good players. There are so many great players from Vancouver. I think that makes all of us better, in the end.”