– General Introduction –
Daniel Dvoress is a Soviet-born Canadian professional poker player. He was born on July 12th, 1988 in the Soviet Union.
Dvoress is both a prolific live and online tournament player. Online, he’s amassed over $2.7 million in MTT cashes on PokerStars and Full Tilt, mostly playing on PokerStars under the screen name “Oxota”. On the live felt, he’s been even more successful. He has over $15 million in live tournament earnings.
In 2020, when the Coronavirus pandemic forced all WSOP events to be played online, he won his first bracelet after taking down the $1,500 WSOP Millionaire Maker for $1.489 million.
– Key Career Dates –
- 2006: He starts playing online poker in his senior year of high school.
- c. 2012: A few years after graduating from college, he starts playing poker professionally.
- 2014: He wins a $2,100 NLHE SCOOP event on PokerStars for $399,600.
- 2019: He wins the $250,000 partypoker LIVE Super High Roller Bowl in the Bahamas for $4.08 million. That is the biggest single live tournament cash of his career to date.
- 2020: He wins his first WSOP gold bracelet. He comes in first in a 6,299-player field in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $1.489 million. That is the biggest single online tournament cash of his career to date.
– Daniel Dvoress’ Career –
→ Beginnings ←
Dvoress was born in the Soviet Union. He moved to Canada with his family at the age of 8.
He discovered poker during his senior year in high school and started playing online. However, when his parents found out about his new hobby, they made him quit.
He told this on the ‘I am High Stakes Poker” interview series on Paul Phua’s poker YouTube channel. Dvoress went on to explain how poker “crawled back” into his life again, and how the card game eventually became his profession.
“I went to university, kind of the normal thing you’re supposed to do: you go to school, you study. Then I had no money, and I had student loan, and I kind of semi-secretly started playing poker again, and started doing very well eventually, not immediately.
And I think after two or three years of that, when I was gradually just getting better and better, that’s when I started to realize it’s something that I wanna stick with.”
→ Live Tournaments ←
Dvoress’ Hendon page shows an impressive $15.6 million in live tournament earnings. That puts him in the top50 on the site’s famous all time money list.
He’s cashed in 82 different events over the course of 6 years.
The first recorded score on his resume is from January 2013. He came in 39th for $2,700 in the $1,100 NLHE Re-Entry event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
The first time he cashed for over $100K was in March 2015, at the European Poker Tour held in Malta. He finished 3rd in the €25,000 Super High Roller for €263,000, which equaled $278,454 at the time. That final table featured such elite players as Dzmitry Urbanovich, Nick Petrangelo, or Sam Greenwood.
Dvoress is a regular in the Triton high roller series’ events. He has made it into the money in 7 of them.
His biggest scores are from the Montenegro stop of the series held in May 2019 – he racked up 3 money finishes there, all for over $400K.
First, he got a runner-up finish in the HK$ 250,000 Short Deck No Limit Hold’em event for $402,000. He lost to Indonesian poker legend John Juanda heads-up for the title. Then, he came in second again, this time in the HK$500,000 NLHE 6-handed event for $947,028, losing to Bryn Kenney at the end. And finally, he finished 4th for a whopping $1.156 million in the $HK1,000,000 NLHE Triton Main Event.
However, his biggest score isn’t from a Triton event. It’s from the $250,000 partypoker LIVE Super High Roller Bowl in the Bahamas in November 2019. Dvoress finished first in the 37-player field there and won no less than $4.080 million after defeating the Malaysian Wai Chan heads-up for the title.
Dvoress’ other major live tourney scores include: a 2nd place finish for €652,000 in the €50,000 No Limit Hold’em – Eight Max Shot Clock event at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo from April 2017; a 3rd place finish for €832,800 in the €100,000 NLHE Super High Roller at the same series in the same month; as well as a 4th place finish for $766,113 in the HK$800,000 NLHE Super High Roller at the Asia Championship of Poker from October 2017.
→ World Series of Poker ←
Daniel Dvoress has won one WSOP gold bracelet so far.
In 2020, the year where all the WSOP events were forced to be played online due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Dovress took down the $1,500 WSOP Millionaire Maker. The “Milly Maker”, which is usually a live poker event, is the World Series’ famous tournament which guarantees at least $1 million first prize money every year – hence its name. Usually, this event draws massive fields that rival the Main Event.
Dvoress was able to top a 6,299-player field and won the $1,489,289 first prize along with his first bracelet.
Dvoress is yet to cash in any live WSOP events. His only other ITM finish from the World Series is also from 2020, when he came in 251st in the $100 The Opener event on Natural8 – GGNetwork.
These two cashes were enough to put him into the lead in the 2020 WSOP Player of the Year race.
→ Live Cash Games ←
Dvoress isn’t much of a live cash game player. He’s never appeared on any poker TV show or online live stream where they play live cash games publicly.
→ Online Poker ←
Daniel Dvoress plays under the screen name “Oxota” on PokerStars, and “Oxotaments” on the now defunct poker site Full Tilt. On these two accounts, he’s amassed over $2.7 million in online MTT cashes – the vast majority of these cashes are from Stars.
The first recorded score on his PocketFives profile is from November 2006, during his senior year in high school. He came in 18th in a $16 tourney on PokerStars for $147. The first time he cashed in an online event for more than $10K was in May 2009. He won the $55 buy-in Nightly Seventy Grand event, named after its $70,000 GTD prize pool, on Stars for $13,018.
On PokerStars, in September 2017, he finished first in a $10,300 NLHE Twin Turbo event for a massive $166,500. In May 2020, he came in 5th in the $10,300 NLHE SCOOP (Spring Championship of Online Poker) Main Event and won $303,273.
At the 2014 SCOOP, he won a $2,100 NLHE event for $399,600, which is the biggest single online MTT score of his career to date outside his online WSOP victory.
Dvoress’ Stars account also has a 30,000-hand sample tracked by the online high stakes cash game database. In that sample, he’s up $20,490. He’s mostly played $50/$100 No Limit Hold’em cash between February 2013 and November 2014.
Also, as we wrote earlier, his WSOP gold bracelet was won in an online event in 2020, in the $1,500 Millionaire Maker for $1.489 million on GGPoker.
→ Sponsorships ←
Dvoress was a coach for Phil Galfond’s poker training site – which since has become an online poker room as well – RunItOnce Poker.