WSOP November Nine Profile: Matthew Jarvis

Posted at 17:34 2010-11-01

PokerNetwork continues to take a closer look at the men of the "November Nine" as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!

Seat 6: MATTHEW JARVIS (Surrey, British Columbia, Canada – 16,700,000 in chips)

Like Jonathan Duhamel, 26-year-old Canadian Matthew Jarvis was a former college student who moved into working odd jobs before becoming a full-time poker player. Jarvis has always had a competitive streak, playing several sports while he was at school, taking after his father, who was a professional golfer.

Unfortunately, Jarvis’ father was diagnosed with cancer shortly before he was due to leave for this year’s WSOP. Jarvis initially changed his plans and was not going to go to Las Vegas this year, but his father insisted – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jarvis mostly plays online poker and recorded his biggest cash to date when he won more than US$100,000 in a tournament, while his largest live tournament cash was when he bubbled the final table of the 2009 British Columbia Poker Championship, finishing US$20,000 to the good. However, this result is Jarvis’ first ever WSOP in-the-money finish, having entered six events previously without success.

And even though he’s guaranteed to walk away with his biggest tournament payout in his career, Jarvis still remains uncertain about his future in the game and doesn’t consider himself a professional player, despite playing full-time and having earned the respect of his peers, including fellow Canadian poker pro Zach Fellows, who won a gold bracelet in the 2009 WSOP $3000 H.O.R.S.E. event.

Jarvis will return to the Rio Casino and Hotel in November and unbag 16.7 million in chips, putting him fifth overall.


Regardless of Jarvis’ performance come November, there will be at least one person who will remember his name forever – the November Nine “bubble boy”, 35-year-old American amateur poker player Brandon Steven.

In the last hand of Day 8 of the WSOP Main Event, the action folded around to Jonathan Duhamel, who raised to 1,225,000 before the flop before Steven snap-shoved for 4,475,000. Jarvis insta-called, Duhamel got out of the way and Steven showed down {Ac}{Ks} and was flipping for his tournament life against Jarvis’ {Qs}{Qc}.

However the board ran out {4h}{3d}{Tc}{4c}{5h}, Jarvis’ queens held up and the November Nine was thus decided at 5.45am on Sunday, the 18th of July, 2010. Steven had to settle for 10th place and US$635,011 in prize money.

Jarvis was also responsible for the elimination of two more American players earlier in the day – two-time WSOP bracelet winner Scott Clements fell at the hands of Jarvis in 18th place after moving all in for his last 4,905,000 in chips after a raise of 485,000 from Michael ‘The Grinder’ Mizrachi. Jarvis re-shoved, forcing Mizrachi out of the way and Clements revealed {Ad}{Qs}, but found himself behind Jarvis’ {As}{Kc}. Both made a pair on the board of {Ac}{7h}{5c}{6h}{8s}, but Jarvis’ kicker was best and Clements collected US$396,967 from the cage – his 18th WSOP in-the-money finish.

A short time later, 32-year-old New York stock trader Benjamin Statz moved in all in pre-flop with {Ah}{5h} after the Canadian raised with {Kd}{Qh}, but Statz was crushed after the board came down {Kh}{Ks}{Qd}{5c}{Kc}, giving Jarvis quads and Statz his marching orders in 16th place.

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