For those gamers who absolutely MUST see Lon McEachern and Norman Chad making quips about how someone needs to fold an ace queen off, the following sentence should probably be sk…. it was Jonathan Duhamel. Canadian poker pro Jonathan Duhamel has emerged victorious from yesterday’s heads up face off at the main event of the 2010 World Series of Poker.
Duhamel, who went in to yesterday’s action as a 6-1 favorite, is the first Canadian player to take down the main event in the tournament’s 40 year history, earning $8.9 million in the process. This is a big jump for the 23-year-old who, like many young pros, got his start gambling for low stakes online, and had previously only accrued roughly $100,000 in career winnings.
Now flush with World Series winnings, Duhamel claims he will be a fixture at both Montreal Canadiens games and the high stakes poker scene.
“I love playing poker so much, so I mean I’m going to be playing all those big tournaments and try to make other big scores,” he told CTV. “I’ll be there next year in the World Series and try to do my best again.”