Jonathan Duhamel Wins PCA $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Event for $239,000

Pic: Joe Giron

Jonathan Duhamel is on fire at the PCA and it’s not because of the hot Bahamas Sun. This is the World Champion’s third final table in four PCA tournaments after cashing in 4th at the High Roller event for $313,600 and cashing in $17,800 for 5th in the $5,000 Turbo Side Event, an event that was running parallel to the $10,000 Main Event which saw him eliminated quickly after a couple of bad beat hands.

Jonathan eliminated a tough final table that included the 2011 WSOP Main Event Champion Pius Heinz and Jason Mercer to add the victory and $239,000 more prize money to his PCA streak by winning the $5,000 No-Limit 8-Max last night.

A total of 158 players competed in the $5,000 No-Limit 8-Max event generating a $766,300 prize pool and $239,830 for the winner. Other Canadian money finishers included Edward Kim who finished in 2nd for $134,100 and Owen Crowe who finished in 6th for $38,320.

According to his Twitter feed, Jonathan will be taking a break for a day and then will tackle the PCA $25,000 Event.

Here is a list of the top 10 finishers:

Place Name Country  Prize
1 Jonathan Duhamel Canada  $  239,830
2 Edward Kim Canada  $  134,100
3 Jason Mercier USA  $    80,460
4 Kevin Stammen USA  $    57,470
5 Pius Heinz Germany  $    45,980
6 Owen Crowe Canada  $    38,320
7 Lawrence Houghton UK  $    30,650
8 Kenny Hallaert Belgium  $    22,990
9 Peter Ippolito USA  $    16,870
10 Mustapha Kanit Malta  $    16,870


Other Notable Finishes by Canadian Poker Players:


PokerStars Canada Cup

David Labchuk from Calgary, Alberta wins the PokerStars Canada Cup and $43,350. After using $530 to battle a field of Canadians online, Labchuk and eight others traveled to the Bahamas to fight for the title live at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. Though he has cashed bigger before (his biggest was a $54,000 cash at this year’s WSOP main event), this is Labchuk’s first live first place finish.  In addition to the $43,350 prize money, Labchuk won a $25,000 seat in this year’s PCA High Roller where he will be up against some of the best poker players in the world to compete for a share of a huge prize pool. Other Canadians to share the $132,550 prize pool included Luc Lafontaine (2nd – $30,850), Travis Wigle (3rd – $21,475), Jeet Shergill (4th – $15,350), Sarvesh Pershad (5th – $9,600), Qi Hu (6th – $6,475), Benjamin LeBlond (7th – $3,975), and Adrienne Rowsome (8th – $1,475).


PCA $1,000   Survivor tourney

Jamil Wakil from St-Catherines, Ontario scored the biggest live cash of his career last night when he won the PCA $1,000   Survivor tourney. Wakil beat a field of 128 players to take down the event for $10,000. The Survivor event is played as traditional No Limit Texas Holdem but the prize pool is divided up to create as many $10,000 prizes as possible, with any money left over used as the final prize. The other 11 players who snagged $10,000 included EPT6 Prague champion Roberto Romanello, serial EPT casher Mick Graydon and EPT London £5k Heads-Up champion Berndt Gleissner. David Cowling was another Canadian to finish in the money in 9th place.


$1,000 “Win the Button” Tournament

Michael Malm from Mississauga, Ontario scored the biggest cash of his career last night by winning the $1,000 “Win the Button” Tournament and $58,060. The top 3 finishers made a deal, so Michael took home $45,190, 2nd place Tommie Janssen of the Netherlands and 3rd place Dmitry Gromov of Russia each took $32,000. Michael beat out a field of 210 players including several pros. Other Canadians that finished in the money included Michel Gramigna (9th – $4,080), Andrew Chen (15th – $2,850), Lieu Thi Tran (21st – $2,240), Matthew O’Brien (22nd – $2,240) and Antoine Giroux (24th – $2,240).


Congratulations to the winners!






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