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$10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event

  • Jul 05, '10 - Nov 06, '10


Updates on Heads Up (Nov 08, 10)


Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event ($8,944,138)

Jonathan DuhamelThe 2010 World Series of Poker main event champion is none other than Jonathan Duhamel.

Though he didn’t exactly go wire-to-wire, Duhamel rode the chip lead entering the final table all the way to the title. Entering heads up play, Duhamel enjoyed over a 6-1 chip lead and never let up his aggression. Though Racener was able to double up once, the rest of his pots were few and far between and it wasn’t long before he was on the ropes.

Duhamel finally got the knockout he was seeking when his A-J held against Racener’s suited K-8. For his efforts, Duhamel earns $8,944,138, his first gold bracelet and becomes the first main event from the nation of Canada.

Player Tags: Jonathan Duhamel

Level 41: John Racener Eliminated, Jonathan Duhamel Wins!

Blinds: 800,000-1,600,000 with a 200,000 ante

Players Remaining: 1 out of 7,319

Big Hands:

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.

Time For A Break

Both players expressed interest in using the restroom, so tournament director Jack Effel announced a quick break.

Despite doubling up, Racener hasn’t gained any ground tonight and is still short with under 23,000,000 in chips.

John 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.

Player Tags: Jonathan Duhamel,   John Racener

Level 40: Jonathan Duhamel Chips Away

Blinds: 600,000-1,200,000 with a 200,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 7,319

Average Chip Count: 109,785,000

Chip Counts:

Jonathan Duhamel — 201,150,000
John Racener — 18,450,000

Big Hands:

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.

Player Tags: Jonathan Duhamel,   John Racener

Shuffle Up and Deal!

Both Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener have been introduced and are now seated and ready to begin.

There is still 13 minutes left in level 40, with blinds of 600,000-1,200,000 with a 200,000 ante. Shuffle up and deal!


Poker Hall of Fame and Player of the Year

Dan HarringtonThe action has been held up here at the Penn and Teller Theater to recognize some individuals who have excelled in the game of poker.

Jeff Madsen won the 2006 WSOP Player of the Year award, but Harrahs felt that he wasn’t properly recognized for his achievement, winning two bracelets and scoring four top-three finishes overall. Ty Stewart took the mic and gave him his long overdue props, much to the delight of the crowd.

The next player introduced was Frank Kassela, who was crowned the 2010 Player of the Year on Saturday when Michael Mizrachi was eliminated from the main event in fifth place. Kassela received $30,000 in tournament buy-ins for his accomplishment.

Erik SeidelAfter that, Nolan Dalla took the stage to introduce one this year’s Poker Hall of Fame inductees, Dan Harrington.

Doyle Brunson then came to the stage to introduce another inductee, Erik Seidel. Both were given long introductions about their poker past and then formally inducted. After each gave their acceptance speech, they were welcomed by standing ovations from the audience here in the theater.

The final two heads up players will now be introduced before play resumes.


Heads Up Play Begins Monday at 8:00 PST

We’re down to our final two competitors. Who will take it down? Will it be Jonathan Duhamel, the massive chip leader who is looking to become the first Canadian to win the main event? Or will it be John Racener, who must now overcome a huge chip differential to pick up the title?

Be sure to check back on Monday at 8:00 PST to see who will leave the Rio $8,944,138 richer. Take a look at the heads up chip counts below.

Seat 4: Jonathan Duhamel — 188,450,000
Seat 7: John Racener — 30,750,000

Player Tags: Jonathan Duhamel,   John Racener
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