Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel Wins World Series of Poker, $8.9 Million Prize

November 9, 2010

Jonathan Duhamel became Canada’s first World Series of Poker main-event champion, knocking out John Racener to claim the $8.9 million first prize.

Duhamel won the No-Limit Texas Hold’Em world championship after two hours of heads-up play that began late Monday at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

The 23-year-old Boucherville, Quebec native ran over to a group of friends, wearing red Montreal Canadiens jerseys, after the winning hand and was lifted into the air in celebration…

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Congratulations to Jonathan Duhamel! 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion!

“Ole! Ole! Ole! Ole!” Those were the chants ringing loud and proud from Jonathan Duhamel’s cheering section as his pumped two large bricks of cash over his head and into the air while posing for photos behind HIS pile of cash topped with HIS World Series of Poker Main Event championship gold bracelet! The chanting rang on and on for several long minutes while the champion soaked it all in, making sure to embrace with John Racener and have a few words with him as well.

Back on July 5, the first group of runners packed into the Amazon Room here at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to embark on their 2010 WSOP Main Event run. After all four days of registration was complete, the field grew to 7,319 total entrants and became the second largest Main Event ever. Four months later, a champion has been crowned and it is Canadian Jonathan Duhamel who stands atop them all!

Duhamel walked into the Penn & Teller Theater on Saturday morning as the man to catch with a big lead. He eventually got a little short, then went on a tear to take an even more monstrous chip lead into this final showdown. Now, he holds a lot more than just chips with $8,944,310 in his pocket!

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