Jonathan Duhamel entered the head-up matchup with a commanding 6 to 1 chip lead against American opponent John Racener, that’s 86% of the total chips that once belonged to the rest of the fallen 7,319 players who entered the WSOP Main Event.
During the night, Racener tried chipping away at Jonathan taking fewer but larger pots against Jonathan’s more frequent but smaller pots.
Jonathan delivered the knockout punch on the 43rd and final hand to earn the title of “World Series of Poker Main Event Champion”, the coveted WSOP Bracelet and $8,994,310. Duhamel also becomes the first Canadian to win the championship title. As the Canadian champion, Duhamel was only the sixth non-American to ever win poker’s top honour.
Jonathan also becomes the first chip leader entering a final table at the Main Event, who also moved on to win the tournament, a superstition that has haunted chip leaders in the recent years.
The World Series of Poker has been running since 1970, where in its first year the Championship was actually awarded by popular player vote to Johnny Moss by his peers. It was only in the following year that the Championship Event was born as a tournament and once again Johnny Moss won it to receive $30,000 for first prize. This would make Jonathan Duhamel the 40th man to win the WSOP Championship Event.
Duhamel was surrounded by legions of friends and family all dressed in Montreal Canadians jerseys who all flew down to watch the final live. He was also backed by an entire country of Canadian poker fans many of who watched the final table via the internet and we could all see that it was a difficult table in comparison to other years.
Congratulations Jonathan Duhamel. Canada is very proud of you and your accomplishment.