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Jonathan Duhamel, PokerStars End Relationship

2010 Main Event Champion No Longer Sponsored By Site


Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 World Series of Poker main event champion, is no longer a PokerStars-sponsored pro, the online poker platform’s website indicates.

The 27-year-old Canadian’s departure from the site follows 2009 main event champion Joe Cada leaving the site’s stable of poker pros late last year.

Last year, PokerStars cut ties with a number of other well-known players including Humberto Brenes, Angel Guillen, Jose Barbero, Marcel Luske, Alex Kravchenko, Dario Minieri and David Williams.

PokerStars, once a privately owned firm, was sold to publicly traded Amaya Gaming Group last summer for $4.9 billion in a move to help it gain re-entry into the U.S. PokerStars is awaiting a license in New Jersey.

There has been a major shakeup in the world of player sponsorship in recent years, as some of the opportunities for TV coverage have been lost in the post-Black Friday era. A lot of poker-related companies are looking at one-off deals for final tables, rather than long-term sponsorship.

There are exceptions, however. In March, PokerStars signed poker pro Jason Somerville, who is very active with teaching poker strategy on Twitch.

Duhamel has more than three times the career earnings of Somerville.

Here’s a look at a key hand Duhamel played in the 2010 main event en route to winning.