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Jonathan Duhamel Atop 2012 Player of the Year Race Sponsored By Lock Poker

Poker Pro Increases His Lifetime Earnings to $10.2 Million


Jonathan Duhamel. Credit: PokerStarsBlogThe end of 2011 was a bad one for 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel. He was the victim of an assault and robbery that left him without his prized bracelet and more than $100,000 in cash. In contrast, the start to 2012 has seen him run extremely well.

While three individuals have been apprehended for the alleged crime, Duhamel has been in the Bahamas competing in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. He has three final tables and one win so far at the series.

Duhamel started off with fourth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller, then followed that up with a fifth-place showing in event no. 8 — a $5,000 no-limit hold’em eight-max turbo.

Only days later he took down a different $5,000 eight-max no-limit hold’em, earning $239,830 and 576 POY points.

The young Canadian pro currently sits in the first spot on Card Player’s 2012 Player of the Year race sponsored by Lock Poker with 976 points and year-to-date earnings of $571,420.

The new year is not two weeks old and already some massive tournaments have taken place, catapulting some notable names, in addition to Duhamel, towards the top of the rankings.

Here are the biggest tournament results from around the world thus far in 2012.

PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

Viktor BlomThe 2012 PCA got underway at The Atlantis Resort and Casino on Jan. 5. A total 41 events are scheduled to take place before Jan. 14.

The massive series got started with a bang when high-stakes phenom Viktor “Isildur1” Blom topped the 32-player field in the $100,000 super high roller. For his victory, Blom earned his first-ever live tournament title, a first prize of $1.25 million and 600 POY points. Blom currently sits tied-for-third in the overall standings.

Unsurprisingly, the young Swede had to beat out some of poker’s biggest names to grab this title. One need only look at Blom’s fellow in-the-money finishers to see the caliber of opposition he faced.

Here are the final results:

1. Viktor Blom — $1,254,400 (600 POY points)
2. Dan Shak — $846,700 (500 POY points)
3. Galen Hall — $470,400 (400 POY points)
4. Jonathan Duhamel — $313,600 (300 POY points)
5. Daniel Negreanu — $250,900 (250 POY points)

The centerpiece of the PCA is the currently ongoing $10,300 main event. A total of 1,072 players put up the buy-in, building a prize pool of $10.4 million. In all, 160 players made the money, with this year’s eventual champion set to earn $2 million and 2,400 POY points. A champion will be decided on Friday.

David ShallowWorld Poker Tour Ireland

The World Poker Tour unveiled a new stop for 2012 with the WPT Ireland €2,500 main event making its debut at the Citywest Hotel in Dublin from Jan. 5-8. A total of 338 players ponied up the buy-in, building a prize pool of €760,500.

In the end, David Shallow was the last man standing, earning €222,280 and 720 points for the win. As a result, the British pro currently sits in the second position in the overall standings.

World Series of Poker Circuit -– The Bike

The World Series of Poker Circuit also had a brand new stop making its first appearance this January. The tour made it’s way to the Bicycle Casino, marking the first time the tour has had a stop in the Los Angeles area. The Bike will play host to 34 total events, 12 of which will award WSOP Circuit gold-ring, including the $1,600 main event. The tournament began on Tuesday and is currently down to its 17 players from a starting field of 549.

A number of tournaments remain, but already there have been some notable winners. Michael Rosenbach won his third WSOPC ring in as many months when he won event no. 4, a $555 six-max no-limit hold’em event with 171 total entrants. The 29-year-old pro earned $22,035 for his victory.

Rosenbach was not the only player to join the exclusive group of players with three rings. La Sengphet took down event no. 5, a $345 no-limit hold’em event, to become the very first female player to join that illustrious group. Sengphet earned $25,242 for topping the 377-player field.

Looking Ahead

In addition to the ongoing PCA and WSOPC The Bike, a number of other tournament winners will be crowned in the next week.

The Aussie Millions is kicking off with the first of 26 events today at Crown Casino in Melbourne. The series will once again host a $10,000 main event, a $100,000 Challenge and a $250,000 Super High Roller.

Stateside, the WSOPC will continue on to Oklahoma for a stop at the Choctaw Casino Resort, with 12 events including the $1,600 main event starting on Jan. 21.

Here is a look at the current standings:

Rank Player Points Earnings
1 Jonathan Duhamel 976 $571,420
2 David Shallow 720 $289,032
3 Viktor Blom 600 $1,254,400
3 Charles Chattha 600 $144,502
5 Daniel Shak 500 $846,700
6 Edward Kim 480 $134,100
6 Ronan Gilligan 480 $96,340
8 Galen Hall 400 $470,400
9 Jason Mercier 384 $80,460
10 Michael Malm 360 $45,190