Jonathon Duhamel wins 2010 WSOP Main Event
The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event is over and we have a new champion. Jonathon Duhamel started the heads-up match with a commanding chip lead of over 6 to 1 versus poker pro John Racener.
Duhamel's massive chip lead came during three-handed play. Jospeh Cheong and Duhamel both had the large stacks at the table and it was expected that Racener would be the player making the risky plays. But a preflop raising war ended with Cheong going all-in with A7. Duhamel called with pocket queens and they held up. This ended the day with heads-up play resuming two days later.
The actual heads-up match ended after a few hours of play when Duhamel's As-Jh went all-in and was called preflop by Racener's Kd-8h. The flop came 9s-4c-4d. The turn was the 6c. And the last card of the series was the 5c.
Duhamel outlasted 7318 other players to win the $8,944,138 first prize. He became the first Canadian to win the WSOP Main Event, and the sixth Canadian to win a bracelet this year. He was also the youngest player of the November Nine at 22 years old.
This result came as no surprise to Duhamel, who was quoted prior to the final table as saying "I'm going to win, 100%. I'm the best." It came as no surprise to the poker world either though. Oddsmakers placed Duhamel at 5/2 to win the Main Event. Racener started the day with 30 million in chips with the level at 1.2 million / 600,000 blinds with a 200,000 ante, and not much time left in the level. This left him very little time to make a move, basically requiring him to double up quickly.
ESPN is scheduled to air the final table footage on Tuesday, November 9th at 9 pm EST.