Flashback Friday: Jonathan Duhamel Wins the 2010 WSOP Main Event
The year was 2010 and the poker boom was starting to tail off. The WSOP Main Event that year saw 7,319 players put $10,000 on the line looking for poker immortality.
After the Main Event saw 8,773 players in 2006 when Jamie Gold captured the biggest first prize in World Series of Poker Main Event history, attendance dropped in the best valued poker tournament in the world in 2007 and 2009.
The final table saw the likes of well known players Michael Mizrachi, Joseph Cheong, and John Racener. Matt Jarvis and Jonathan Duhamel were the two Canadians that made the final table. The second year in a row that featured two Canadians at the WSOP Main Event final table.
Duhamel had only four cashes in his poker career up until the 2010 World Series of Poker. One of them was a 10th place finish in the EPT Prague Main Event in 2008 for € 42,800. Duhamel managed to cash twice more during the 2010 WSOP leading up to the main event.
Duhamel's friends and family packed the Penn & Teller theatre with Montreal Canadiens sweaters and Canadian flags to cheer on the start of the final table chip leader.
Soi Nguyen was the first one to leave the final table, getting $811,823. His were no match for Jason Senti's when the board ran out when the two players got all the chips in preflop.
Matt Jarvis started the final nine players in fifth place, but lost over half his stack early doors trying to bluff out Joseph Cheong from a pot ended up falling out in eighth place, making over a million dollars with a $1,045,743 pay day. Jarvis shoved over Jonathan Duhamel opening raise and Michael Mizrachi's call. Jarvis had while Mizrachi had . Mizrachi outflopped Jarvis on the board. Jarvis retook the lead in the hand on the turn. Mizrachi made a bigger full house on the river though when the fell to eliminate Jarvis.
Short stack to start the final table, Jason Senti, managed to ladder up a couple spots to seventh place for $1,356,720. Senti and Joseph Cheong clashed getting all the chips into the middle with Senti holding while Cheong was a slight favourite with . Senti moved into the lead after the flop. The turn brought hope for Cheong with a , giving Cheong a straight draw. The river was the , giving Cheong a straight to eliminate Senti.
Duhamel gained some chips back after slipping to third place in chips by eliminating John Dolan. Dolan started the day second in chips, but exited the Main Event next, falling in sixth place for $1,772,959. He was down to 13 big blinds when action folded around to him in the small blind and he shoved . Duhamel called in the big blind with . The flop was no help for Dolan. The gave Dolan some help. The on the river gave Duhamel the pot and eliminated Dolan.
Michael Mizrachi, who started the 2010 World Series of Poker winning the $50,000 Poker Players Championship event held the chip lead for a while at the final table ended up doubling up Duhamel back up to 53.9 million chips and back into second in chips while making Mizrachi the short stack. Duhamel ended up finishing off Mizrachi a little later on when he limped with in the small blind and Mizrachi checked in the big blind. Mizrachi flopped top pair on the flop. Duhamel checked and Mizrachi bet. Duhamel check raised and Mizrachi snap raised all in. Duhamel called and the board ran out true for Duhamel who eliminated Mizrachi in fifth place for $2,332,992. Duhamel also gained the chip lead back as a result of the hand.
Italian Filippo Candio was next to depart the final table collecting $3,092,545. He doubled up early in the final table when his pocket aces held against Jonathan Duhamel's ace-king but ended up moving all in with in the small blind and Cheong looked him up with having Candio covered. The gave Cheong top pair. The came on the turn to lock up the hand for Cheong. The dealer placed out the on the river to make the hand complete and eliminate Candio in fourth.
Joseph Cheong, who catapulted to third place early going in the final table fell in third for $4,130,049. Cheong ended up getting severely short stack after he and Duhamel ended up getting into a raising war blind on blind. After a six bet, Duhamel was at risk with while Cheong held . Duhamel survived and held a commanding chip lead while Cheong exited in third a little later.
Duhamel just had one more player to outlast, John Racener. The Canadian entered heads up play with 86% of the chips in play. While all in and at risk of elimination many times throughout the tournament, including the final table, Duhamel ended up grinding Racener down to 9 big blinds.
Then history was made.
Duhamel raised all in on the button, putting Racener at risk while holding . Racener called with .
The turn brought no additional outs for Racener as he was drawing to only six outs, three kings and three eights.
The river was a blank, giving Duhamel the hand, eliminating Racener in second place for $5,545,955, and making him the first, and still only Canadian Main Event champion. Duhamel took home the $8,933,310 prize money and his first of three WSOP bracelets to date.