Erik Cajelais has one World Series of Poker bracelet in his poker trophy collection along with a first place finish in the World Poker Tour's Five Diamond World Poker Classic event.
Erik Cajelais is a Canadian poker player best known for winning the WSOP bracelet in 2009 at the World Series of Poker Europe £2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha event. He has the record of making four WSOP final tables and cashing in 12 events. He also won a WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em tournament back in 2006.
Before Erik Cajelais took to the poker circuit, he worked as a bartender. After picking up poker in some home games with his brother and friends, Cajelais realized he was getting pretty good at the game. Soon enough, his skill level built up high enough that he decided to try and make himself into a professional player.
World Series of Poker
In 2006 Cajelais began to blow up. He cashed in his first WSOP event that year finishing in 19th place at the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em event for $14,617. His next World Series was way more successful, in the summer of 2007, Erik battled all the way down to heads-up play in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event against Burt Boutin. Boutin took down the event and Cajelais won second place for $483,755. Two years later Cajelais improved his achievement by winning the £2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha event at the WSOP Europe in London collecting his first bracelet and a cash prize of £104,677.
Erik Cajelais' Top 5 WSOP Results
|2009||WSOPE £2,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em/Omaha||1st||£104,677 ($172,572)|
|2007||$5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||2nd||$483,755|
|2012||$2,500 Mixed Hold'em||2nd||$129,766|
|2011||$1,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Shootout||5th||$79,315|
|2010||$2,500 No-Limit Hold'em - Six Handed||15th||$23,537|
World Poker Tour
In 2005, Cajelais put up a nice result for over $11,000 at the Borgata Poker Open. He also cashed in the WPT World Poker Finals at Foxwoods that year. In 2006 he scored another WPT money finish in the World Poker Finals, but one month later, things got really, really awesome for Cajelais. In December of 2006, Cajelais found himself at the final table of the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the Five-Diamond World Poker Classic. Erik Seidel, Justin Bonomo, Shannon Shorr, Steve Sung, and Joe Tehan were also at the final table to give Cajelais all the trouble he could handle. When it was all said and done, Cajelais came out on top and earned the $430,730 first-place prize. A few more solid performances followed in 2007. Erik cashed in the Borgata Poker Open and ran deep in the Turks and Caicos Poker Classic, finishing second for $225,000.
Erik Cajelais' Top 5 WPT Results
|2006||Five Diamond World Poker Classic $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em||1st||$430,730|
|2007||Turks and Caicos Poker Classic $7,500 Championship||2nd||$225,000|
|2012||Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,500 Championship Bounty||4th||$256,300|
|2012||Merit Cyprus Classic $4,000 Main Event||7th||$43,690|
|2005||Borgata Poker Open $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em||8th||$11,070|
European Poker Tour
Cajelais has the record of cashing in three EPT event. His first and so far the most successful money finish was the £326,000 he received for placing second at the EPT London £20,000 High Roller event. He came back to the EPT tables in 2012 and cashed twice at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Cajelais finished third in the $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event and then placed 43rd in the Main Event. He took home a total of $75,000 from the PCA that year.
Erik Cajelais' Top 3 EPT Results
|2009||London £20,000 High Roller||2nd||£326,000|
|2012||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||3rd||$38,020|
|2012||PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10,000 Main Event||43rd||$37,500|
In 2006 Cajelais cashed in the United States Poker Championship where he received some quality television coverage. Later on that year, at the North American Poker Championships, Erik took tenth place for over $55,000.
Did you know?
- Along with poker, Erik enjoys playing sports, having played both baseball and hockey for many years during his life.
- He’s also participated in bodybuilding and regularly keeps himself in good shape.