Jonathan Duhamel



 

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Jonathan Duhamel is a professional poker player who is part of the November Nine final table in the 2010 World Series of Poker Championship Main Event in Las Vegas. He is the chip leader with a massive stack of 65.98 million in chips, which is nearly 50% more than the second place John Dolan. It has to be said that he is in excellent shape to win the Main Event and win nearly $9 million for his efforts. The only problem is that he has to wait until the final table commences on November 6 to play it out.

Let us start with some general information about Jonathan Duhamel. He was born in 1987 in Boucherville, Quebec. He originally studied finance in college, but by like a lot of college students who discovered the game of poker, became more interested in poker instead, and this took up a lot of his time. He was making enough money from online poker with the occasional live tournament results, to make the decision of pursuing a professional poker career.

At the young age of just 22 years old, Duhamel has already been playing poker for six years, having started at low stakes online tables and working his way to the higher stakes games online in addition to the occasional live tournament.

By 2006, Jonathon was old enough to play in most casinos and he took this opportunity to try his luck at some tournaments in Verona, where the legal age to play was lower than most of the casinos in the United States.

In terms of tournament wins, Jonathan Duhamel’s best result prior to this year’s final table at the WSOP came at the European Poker Tour (EPT), where he bubbled the final table of the €5,000 No Limit Hold’em event in Prague which added a nice $55k to his bankroll. Duhamel also received exposure in the 2010 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, placing 151st and cashed for $17k.

But in 2010 Duhamel was legally able to play poker in the US casinos where he had the unique opportunity to take his shot at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas. And he is very glad that he did. He managed to make the money in the $1,500 NLHE 6-max tournament, placing 50th and adding $5,724 to his bankroll. Early in the summer, just before the World Series of Poker Main Event, he played in the $2,500 NLHE tournament and came in 15th place, taking home $37,276. These tournament results gave him a great deal of confidence leading into the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship.

 

When Jonathon is not playing poker, he likes playing hockey like most Canadian natives. An interesting fact is that Duhamel would become the first Canadian world champion should he win the WSOP Main Event. Matthew Jarvis is the other Canadian at the final table who has the chance to achieve this and I am sure they would love to make Canada proud.

Interestingly, although Duhamel is a poker pro he actually qualified for the 2010 WSOP Main Event through a PokerStars satellite.

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