Canadian Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2010 WSOP Main Event

by Lou on November 9, 2010

In a two-hour, heads-up match for the WSOP’s main event championship, the compelling feature was Jonathan Duhamel’s 6-to1 chip lead that he wielded like a club over Floridian John Racener to win poker’s signature event.  It was an $8,944,310 payday for the 23-year-old who became the first Canadian to win the main event at the World Series of Poker.

Duhamel’s chip lead meant that Racener had to keep one step ahead of the large blinds and antes, while Duhamel had time on his side.  Racener moved in early on with pocket queens and doubled up when Duhamel called with K-4.  While Racener could exhale momentarily, Duhamel still had big edge in chip count and raised consistently from the button.  With a short stack, Racener folded much of the time, patiently waiting for another chance to double through his opponent.

Racener finally called for his last 15 million when Duhamel shoved all-in from the big blind but Duhamel’s As-Jh was a 3-to-2 favorite over Racener’s Kd-8d.  The flop was 4c-4d-9s; the turn was the 6c, and the 5c on the river was a blank too, and Duhamel’s ace-high made him the 2010 WSOP champion.

Duhamel’s road to victory began Saturday, November 6 at noon when he came to the November Nine table with the chip lead.  He left with the chip lead too, though the road was rocky at times.  Sometime in the middle of the night, Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi seized the chip lead, only to lose it as he wound up finishing fifth.  Joseph Cheong then took over the chip lead but a big hand against Duhamel crippled him and he exited in third-place.

Duhamel and Racener duked it out Monday night, November 8, on stage at the Rio’s Penn and Teller Theater before a packed house of nearly 2,000 spectators, with numerous viewers across the world watching a near-live internet feed or following live hand-by-hand blogs.

When it was all over, Duhamel’s fans, all clad in Montreal Canadiens jerseys, hoisted him into the air above a mountain of cash on the final table. His victory celebration literally put him on top of the poker world.

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