23 year-old Jonathan Duhamel new WSOP champ

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Nov 09, 2010 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

The most prestigious tournament in poker has added another name to its list of champions. Late Monday night Jonathan Duhamel was able to eliminate his final competitor, John Racener, to win the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship.

Duhamel held a 6-to-1 advantage in chips when heads-up play began, and despite an early double-up by Racener he was able to wear down the young poker pro from Florida. For his part Racener put up a good fight but in the end the chip disadvantage was just too much to overcome. Racener eventually got his last 15 million chips in the middle with K8, but couldn’t chase-down Duhamel’s AJ. On getting it all-in with K8s, Racener told reporters, “I had to go with the king-eight. King-eight looked big, especially if you saw all my other hands, you would’ve said, ‘Wow, you should’ve pushed in quicker,”

Duhamel earned $8.9 million for the victory, and will likely be showered with multi-million dollar endorsement deals in the coming years. The 23 year-old Duhamel hails from Boucherville, QC in Canada, and is the first Canadian to win the WSOP Main Event. After the commotion died down, Duhamel told reporters that he is ready to be the face of poker for Canada, saying, “I’m up for it, I want to do it… I want to be the best ambassador I can be. I’ll do my best.”

Here is a look at the payouts for each of the final table participants:

1.    Jonathan Duhamel – $8,944,310
2.    John Racener – $5,545,955
3.    Joseph Cheong — $4,130,049
4.    Filippo Candio — $3,092,545
5.    Michael Mizrachi — $2,332,992
6.    John Dolan — $1,772,959
7.    Jason Senti  — $1,356,720
8.    Matthew Jarvis — $1,045,743
9.    Soi Nguyen — $811,823

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