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Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event

Duhamel Wins the First World Championship for Canada and Takes Home Close to $9 Million


Jonathan DuhamelPoker has a new world champion and for the first time in history that champion comes from Canada. Heads-up play lasted 43 hands and it took just over an hour-and-a-half to decide the winner between the final two. Jonathan Duhamel from Boucherville, Quebec started heads-up play with 188,450,000 and he used that advantage to edge the 30,750,000 of John Racener.

Cards got into the air much later than planned thanks to some important business that recognized this year’s top player at the WSOP and some of the biggest names in poker history. First, Frank Kassela, who was crowned the 2010 WSOP Player of the Year on Saturday when Michael Mizrachi was eliminated from the main event in fifth place, was recognized by the capacity crowd at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Kassela received $30,000 in tournament buy-ins for his accomplishment.

After that, Nolan Dalla took the stage to introduce one of the 2010 Poker Hall of Fame inductees, Dan Harrington. Doyle Brunson then came to the stage to introduce another HOF inductee, Erik Seidel. Both were given long introductions about their poker past and then formally inducted. After that each gave their acceptance speech, and they were welcomed by standing ovations from the audience.

After those pleasantries were observed it was time to get back to the final bit of business in the 2010 $10,000 no-limit hold’em world championship. The outcome on the final night of the tournament was never really in doubt. Racener was able to double up once, but the large chip advantage of Duhamel proved to be too much to overcome.

Racener held less than 10 big blinds when he made his fatal all-in call with KDiamond Suit 8Diamond Suit after Duhamel open shoved preflop with ASpade Suit JHeart Suit in the hole. The board bricked out and Duhamel won the tournament, a championship gold bracelet, and the top prize worth $8,944,138. Racener took home the runner-up prize money of $5,545,855 after surviving the most important day of tournament poker in his life on Saturday, while others fell all around him.

Duhamel was mobbed by a sea of Montreal Canadians National Hockey League jerseys after the final card fell, which was the favorite uniform worn by his family, friends, and supporters at the final table. He was very gracious after the win as well and promised to be a good ambassador for Canadian poker as the first champion from the Great White North.

Here is a look at the major hands from the heads-up match tonight as featured on’s live updates:

John Racener Makes His First Push (8:39 p.m.)

It took three hands, but John Racener took his first stand, shoving over a button raise from Jonathan Duhamel to get back to where the players started tonight.

The First River Card, Pot Goes To Duhamel (8:45 p.m.)

John Racener completed and Jonathan Duhamel checked his option. The flop came ADiamond SuitJDiamond SuitJHeart Suit and Racener bet 1,500,000.

Duhamel called and both players checked the 9Diamond Suit on the turn. The river was the 10Club Suit and Duhamel bet 2,200,000, getting a muck from Racener.

Duhamel Wins With Two Pair (8:52 p.m.)

John Racener limped and Jonathan Duhamel checked his option. The flop came down JClub Suit9Spade Suit3Spade Suit and Duhamel checked.

Racener bet 1,400,000 and Duhamel called. The turn was the 4Diamond Suit and both players checked.

The river was thee 10Spade Suit and Duhamel bet 2,800,000. Racener raised to 6,900,000 and Duhamel took his time before making the call.

Duhamel showed JDiamond Suit4Club Suit, for two pair and took in the pot.

John Racener Doubles Up (8:58 p.m.)

Jonathan Duhamel shoved from the small blind and John Racener snap called for his last 18,250,000.

Racener showed QDiamond SuitQSpade Suit and Duhamel disgustedly tossed his KHeart Suit4Club Suit across the felt. The board ran out JHeart Suit8Diamond Suit6Club Suit2Heart Suit7Heart Suit and Racener doubled up to nearly 37,000,000.

Racener Picks Up Decent Pot (9:05 p.m.)

Jonathan Duhamel limped in and John Racener checked his option. The flop fell KDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit3Heart Suit and Duhamel bet 1,700,000.

Racener called and the turn was the 10Diamond Suit. Both players checked and the river was the 3Club Suit. Racener bet 3,000,000 and Duhamel called, mucking when he saw Racener’s KHeart Suit4Club Suit.

Jonathan Duhamel Gets Some Back (9:37 p.m.)

Racener limped and Duhamel checked his option. The flop came down JHeart Suit8Diamond Suit3Club Suit and Duhamel checked to Racener, who bet 2,000,000.

Duhamel called and the turn was the JClub Suit. Both players checked to the river, which was the 4Diamond Suit. Both players checked once again and Duhamel showed AClub Suit3Diamond Suit to take the pot.

After the hand, Racener was back down too 31,100,000, which was pretty much were we started the night.

John RacenerJohn Racener Eliminated in Second Place — $5,545,855 (10:03 p.m.)

Duhamel open shoved from the button and after some thought, Racener called off his last 14,000,000.

Duhamel showed ASpade SuitJHeart Suit and Racener was fortunate to have live cards with KDiamond Suit8Diamond Suit. The flop came out 9Spade Suit4Club Suit4Diamond Suit and Duhamel remained in the lead.

The turn was the 6Club Suit and Racener was down to his final six outs. The dealer pushed out the 5Club Suit on the river and Racener was eliminated, earning $5,545,855.

Final-Table Recap Part I

Final-Table Results:

1: Jonathan Duhamel — $8,944,138
2: John Racener — $5,545,855
3: Joseph Cheong — $4,129,979
4: Filippo Candio — $3,092,497
5: Michael Mizrachi — $2,332,960
6: John Dolan — $1,772,939
7: Jason Senti — $1,356,708
8: Matt Jarvis — $1,045,738
9: Soi Nguyen — $811,823