|Full name:||Jonathan Duhamel|
|Date of Birth:||1987|
|Birth Place:||Boucherville, Quebec, Canada|
|Residence:||Boucherville, Quebec, Canada|
|Fun Facts:||While Duhamel is a Professional Poker Player, up until the WSOP Main Event he only had a total of $120,000 in tournament earnings throughout his career. As first place winner of the 2010 WSOP he has cashed $9 Million!|
At the young age of 23, Boucherville Quebec poker player, Jonathan Duhamel, has already accomplished what almost every poker player in the world dreams of, winning the World Series of Poker Main Event. The win, worth over $8.9 million has certainly made the poker world stand up and pay attention and came with the privilege of being the first Canadian in history to win the coveted WSOP Main Event “World Champion” title. To enter the final table as chip leader and go on to take it down, had not been done in the previous 3 years and 2010 was of the largest ever starting fields, with 7319 entrants. Soon after his epic win, Jonathan joined PokerStars as one of their Team Canada Professional players.
Winning the WSOP Main Event is respected by all in the poker community and while it probably should be, it isn’t enough to give you instant and everlasting “street creed”. Since making the final in 2010, Duhamel has risen to the challenge of his new role, both on and off the felts.
On the ambassador and charity end, soon after he collected his mountains of cash, Duhamel donated $100,000 of it to the Montreal Canadians Children’s Foundation, the gesture being the largest ever individual contribution in the not for profit organizations history. He has also participated as one of the “bounties for charity” at Casino Montreal’s fund raising poker events and has been noted by many to be a very approachable and likable new celebrity, qualities that are always appreciated by fans and media alike. Canada Poker caught up with Jonathan at one of those events for an exclusive interview which can be found here: http://www.canadapoker.com/interview-with-jonathan-duhamel-2
On the felts, we only had to wait a few months for Jonathan to make the major headlines for his play again. At EPT Deauville, Jonathan shipped the “High Roller” event, this time besting a field of well bank rolled players to claim the equivalent of $278,000, a fine addition to another major event title. Just a short time later, Duhamel once again established himself as a top caliber player, finishing in the semi-final, Round of 4 at the 2011 NBC National Heads Up Championship for $125,000.
The 64 max, $25,000 dollar buy-in event was packed with the poker elite, including several other main event champions, high stakes top dogs and $10k title holders. Jonathan’s deep finish in this field is nothing short of notable.
With now around 9.5 million dollars in event winnings, Jonathan sits just outside the top 10 all-time money lists for tournament winnings and second only to Daniel Negreanu on the Canadian all-time list. Given Duhamel’s young age and what he has accomplished in such a short time on the professional poker scene, there is no doubt he will continue to be successful in gunning for the top spots in the record books.
Final Hand at the 2010 WSOP that Secured Duhamel’s Place in Poker History
Interview with Duhamel near his Home Town in Montreal