Everybody deserves their piece of luck in poker, and 23 year old Canadian Jonathon Duhamel certainly enjoyed his fair share en-route to claiming the WSOP Main Event title.
Only entering the tournament after cashing in both the WSOP $1.500 NLHE 6-Max and WSOP $2.500 NLHE, the regular PokerStars ring game player survived a JJ call against an AA all-in on his way to the final table – a river 8 giving him a gutshot straight against Matt Affleck – and again endured good fortune on the final table.
Having started the final table as chip leader on Saturday, Duhamel tumbled down to a short-stacked fifth place by mid-evening on Sunday. However, the WSOP bracelet had his name on it from the very beginning, and after slow playing his pocket aces against Michael Mizrachi´s pocket Queens, he was involved in an incredible six-bet with his own pocket queens, which held up against Joseph Cheong´s A7, to give him a 6-to-1 chip advantage in the heads-up showdown against American John Racener.
With such an advantage, the heads-up lasted only 90 minutes and 50 hands – Racener eventually being worn down by Duhamel´s “all-in or fold” strategy, and calling with his suited K8 against Duhamel´s AJ. The board did neither player any favours, and Duhamel collected $8.94 million – making him number 15 on the ‘All Time Money List’ just above Joe Cada, who picked up $8,546,435 for winning last year’s title.
Duhamel becomes the first Canadian ever to win this prestigious event and, in doing so, topples household name Daniel Negreanu, from the title of King of Canadian Poker.