Jonathan Duhamel will have an opportunity this Sunday to add a few new feathers to his poker cap; not only will this be his first World Poker Tour final table, but a win would also seeing him claiming his first WPT crown and one of his biggest paydays since winning the WSOP Main event in 2010.
It was a bit of a rocky start for Jonathan on Day 3 though; he had his commanding chip count cut in half in the first few hands, after being somewhat slow-rolled by Aces according to WorldPokerTour.com reports. Duhamel took it out on those poor remaining players standing in his way however; through some aggressive poker he quickly regained his momentum and eventually sent his “Hollywood tormentor” to the rail on the money bubble.
Marrakech While Duhamel cashed 8 times in major event’s over 2011, 6 of which were top ten finishes, his largest single cash for the year came with winning the 2011 EPT Deauville €10,000 “High Roller” for more than $272,000. All told, he raked in almost $530,000 for the year and will be adding at least $28,000 more tomorrow. If he should win it, that figure will jump by over $267,000 instead.
We might be off on a few technicalities, but near as we can figure the win would also earn him “Poker’s Triple Crown”, a feat only 5 players in history have accomplished. To earn the prestigious title, a players must win an event in the World Series of Poker (WSOPE also counts), European Poker Tour Event and a World Poker Tour title. Only a few other Canadian poker players have been close to winning the Triple Crown and Duhamel would be our first; he has the first 2 checked off and is now in great position to bag number three. It also just so happens at least one player that has won the Triple Crown will be joining him Sunday…
“Finally will be 2/9 going into the final table tomorrow at @WorldPokerTour Marrakech, @elkypoker and @ArnaudMattern stay out of my way!!!” tweeted an excited Duhamel, which included a friendly little poke directed at Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, one of the 5 players who has pulled of poker’s hat trick.
It seems that a few kicks to the head didn’t affect Bertrand’s performance on the felts either, after Lex “RaSZi” Veldhuis defeated him in a highly publicized $50,000 prop bet Mix Martial Arts bout just a few days prior..but who knows? Maybe he’s just a little hazy still, giving Duhamel that much better of a shot at joining poker’s elitist club.
Arnaud Mattern, the other player mentioned in Duhamel’s “warning” for Sunday’s final table has an EPT title of his own; with Mattern originally being from Paris, we’ll assume him and Jonathan both have French as their native language in common as well…
Play will resume Sunday in Marrakech Morocco with just 9 players of the original starting field of 274. This is only the “unofficial” final table however, as WPT final tables are generally 6 handed for television.
And how is Duhamel preparing for this epic challenge in front of him? According to his Twitter account; “Good meal and a cold beer for now :-)”
We’ll be cheering for the champ for sure!
On a side note, we recently reported Vancouver’s Terrence Chan was also looking for a final table in the APPT Macau Main Event and just to follow up on that, he did finish in the money, placing 56th for $51,300 HKD.