Poker Stories: Daniel Dvoress

08.17.2020 - By Poker Stories

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Daniel Dvoress sits in fifth place on Canada's all-time earnings list, despite the fact that he only started concentrating on live tournaments in the last five years. Dvoress was born in Russia, but emigrated with his family to Toronto where he was raised. He picked up poker while in high school, and stuck with it through college before turning pro, focusing mainly on grinding online cash games.

After stringing some results together in 2015, he was pushed by his peers to take a shot on the high roller circuit, which proved to be a smart decision. In fact, of his top 20 cashes, only one has come in an event with a buy-in of less than $25,000. The Run It Once coach has now cashed for more than $17.2 million, including the $4.08 million he won for taking down the November 2019 Super High Roller Bowl in the Bahamas. Most recently, the 32-year-old won his first World Series of Poker bracelet and $1.489 million by topping a field of 6,299 in the 'Millionaire Maker' online.

Highlights from this interview include a rough childhood in Moscow, the lunchroom poker game, the variables of MTTs, being a bit of a bankroll nit, a nudge from Stephen Chidwick, super exploits of ICM outputs, what winning $4 million feels like, his plans for the WSOP bracelet, being prepared for the apocalypse, the $10-$25-$50-$100 game, his Screech phase, a puzzling lockdown, catching poker's second boom, turkey calls, and why you shouldn't whistle inside.

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