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23 Year Old Wins 2010 WSOP Main Event

9 November 2010 by admin

“It is like the most beautiful day of my life.”

So says Jonathan Duhamel, the twenty three year old Canadian who won the 2010 WSOP Main Event. And he was even against the current holder of the WSOP $50,000 Poker Player’s Championship bracelet Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi. Mizrachi also holds two World Poker Tour titles and twenty three WSOP cashes.

Quite the competition Duhamel was up against when you compare it to his two WSOP money cashes and one European Poker Tour. It is like the David and Goliath of poker.

Back in the beginning of July, our young Canadian poker hero started out as just another poker player in the sea of 7,319 poker players. All with such a small record on his back! Nobody really give this kid much thought over the last few months. After all he began as only one in 7,319.

But the closer the Main Event got the more Duhamel began to shine until he became one of the November Nine. But he was not just any member of this year’s November Nine. He came in holding thirty percent of the chips in play.

For those of you who do not know, thirty percent of the chips at this point is more than five of the other players’ chips added together. That is a good number of chips.

Holding thirty percent of the chips in the November Nine made Duhamel a favorite, rising from the obscurity he sat in at the beginning of the WSOP. The chips then went up and down a few times before it came down to Duhamel and John Racener. But Duhamel was still the favorite simply because he held 86% of the chips on the table at that point: 188,950,000 chips versus Racener’s 30,750,000 chips. Forty three hands later Duhamel was the victor.

So now Duhamel has a place in poker history as the first Canadian to win the Main Event of the WSOP. He comes away from the tournaments with $8,944,138 and the diamond encrusted WSOP gold bracelet. Not bad for only being twenty three.

When I was twenty three I was still working on a college degree and working full-time. Duhamel definitely has the more exciting story. Not that I have anything against college mind you. But if you were going to listen to two twenty three year olds tell their life stories up to that point which sounds more interesting: the twenty three year old that is balancing a full-time job and college classes or the twenty three year old that not only won the WSOP but who also made poker history as the first Canadian to do so? No contest, I know.

As for the rest of this year’s November Nine, none of them went home empty handed. Each one of them took home something for making it that far in the WSOP. Here is the breakdown of who won what:

1st place: Jonathan Duhamel, $8,944,138
2nd place: John Racener, $5,545,855
3rd place: Joseph Cheong, $4,130,049
4th place: Filippo Candio, $3,092,545
5th place: Michael Mizrachi, $2,332,992
6th place: John Dolan, $1,772,969
7th place: Jason Senti, $1,356,720
8th place: Matt Jarvis, $1,045,743
9th place: Soi Nguyen, $811,823

OCS extends its congratulations to Mr. Duhamel, who says that winning the WSOP “Is a dream come true right now.” Right now? Sounds like the Duhamel does not intend to exit the poker scene. And nor would I if I were him. At twenty three he has a long, long time left in his poker tournament playing days.

One Response to “23 Year Old Wins 2010 WSOP Main Event”

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