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Jonathan Duhamel: Life After The Dream

2010 World Champion Starts Year on a Heater After Adversity

by Erik Fast |  Published: Mar 07, 2012


Jonathan Duhamel outlasted a 7,319-player field to become the 2010 World Series of Poker main event champion, earning $8.9 million and becoming a poker household name in the process. With 28 hours of television coverage on ESPN, the young Canadian’s rise to poker prominence is well documented. But what happens to a man after he achieves every poker player’s dream at the age of 24? And how does life change once you are put under that spotlight? The pressure to prove yourself is immense. There are constant demands for your time, with a myriad of media responsibilities and endless interviews. There is a target on your back, with everyone wanting a piece of you, both on the table and off. Duhamel realized this last fact in the worst possible fashion in Dec. 2011, when he was the victim of a home invasion that resulted in the theft of his main ...

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