When the star-filled WSOP Europe Berlin High Roller final table kicked off on Friday, Italian poker pro Mustapha Kanit had a big lead with a stack of 1.7 million (his closest opponent, Christoph Vogelsang, had less than half of that). Funnily enough the two short stacks, 3-time gold bracelet winner Davidi Kitai and 2010 WSOP winner Jonathan Duhamel, made it to heads-up after several hours of battle.
64 players entered the €25,600 High Roller events to create a prize pool of €1,584,000, which will be shared between the final seven players. Well, we are already down to a final table of six and all of them are guaranteed to take home at least €96,625 each, with a top prize of €554,395 + gold bracelet still at stake!
Jonathan Duhamel took down his third live poker tournament of the year on Sunday, September 20th. The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner overcame a field of 287 entrants over two days of play to win Borgata Poker Open Event #14: $1,000 Six-Max No-Limit Hold'em for $70,990.
2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel stood tall as the winner of even EVENT #58: $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP after overcoming a extremely tough field of 135 entrants over 2 days of play. Duhamel, 27, received his second bracelet and the massive $3,989,985 first-place prize for his victory. He now has $13,796,281 in WSOP earnings.
Rumours that PokerStars and Jonathan Duhamel had split up started earlier this month after the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event winner showed up at the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown without PokerStars patches.
Another six players entered Day 2 of the EPT Malta Main Event to bring the total field size to 895 players and a prize pool of €4,340,750 - of which 121 players will receive a share of (the winner will take home €810,400).
A few months ago, we asked our members to submit questions for Team PokerStars Pros Jonathan Duhamel, Jason Mercier, Daniel Negreanu, Liv Boeree and Barry Greenstein. First to answer some of the questions received are WSOP and EPT winner Jason Mercier and 2010 WSOP Main Event Winner Jonathan Duhamel!
Day 1C of the 2014 Main Event was excpected to be the busiest of the three Day 1's - and this became a fact when 3,768 poker players showed up at The Rio All-Suite Casino on Monday morning, ready to get into the action for the $10 million first prize. With all three Day 1's combined, the total number of entries for this year's main event is now up to 6,683 players and the total prize pool for the top 693 players is $62,820,200.
Day 1C concluded after ten hours of play (five 2-hour levels). The chip leader, Eric Tracey, managed to bag 206,175 and close second to him is no-other than Phil Ivey with 187,025.
Day 1C had gathered a lot of famous poker players. Among the most recognisable faces that managed to survive Day 1C were David Tuchman, Jonathan Duhamel, Berry Johnston, Gerard Pique, and Scotty Nguyen. Some other poker faces that didn't manage further were Sam Trickett, Kathy Liebert, Andre Akkari, David "Devilfish" Ulliott, Stephen Chidwick, Davidi Kitai, Andy Frankenberger, Tom Schneider, and Jackie Glazier.
Day 1A, 1B and Day 2 are in the books at the World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classics and there are now 172 players remaining from the 534 that entered the tournament. The remaining players are battling for a prize pool worth $5,126,400 - of which the the champion will take home an incredible $1,015,460!
Another day of play has come to an end at Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. A field of 668 entrants has been narrowed down to 36 players after three days of intensive play. The player with the largest stack heading into Day 4 is Sal Fazzino of Australia. Fazzino, who's been around the live scene for several years but still has no major score to his name, took the chip lead in the last hand of the day...
The fifth and final day of this event started with a final table of eight. Jonathan Duhamel was one of the two big names on the final table, but, unfortunately, he was eliminated already on the fourth hand. The 2010 Main Event champion was all in with kings and an open-ended straight draw against George Danzer's two pair, but failed to improve.
The fourth day of the $50,000 buy-in Poker Players' Championship has now concluded. The day started at 2 p.m. local time with the remaining 26 players of a 132-player field. The field was narrowed down to a final table with 8 players after four and half levels of play. Don Nguyen, from USA, never let go of the chip lead during Day 4 and will now bring a 5,680,000 stack to tomorrow's final table.
Although he has a pretty decent lead over the other 7 finalists, he will have to play extremely well on the final table if he wants to lay hands on the $1.7 million first prize. He's up against some very good, and experienced, tournament players (just have a look at the chip counts below and you'll catch my drift).
Official Final Table Seating and Chip Counts 1 Matthew Ashton UK 2,996,000 2 Jonathan Duhamel Canada 1,627,000 (picture right) 3 Don Nguyen USA 5,068,000 4 Mike Wattel USA 810,000 5 George Danzer Germany 2,868,000 6 Minh Ly USA 2,307,000 7 John Hennigan USA 1,412,000 8 David Benyamine France 2,709,000 (picture left)
The second day of Event #55: The Poker Players Championship ($50,000 buy-in) came to an end a few moments ago. David Benyamine will lead the final 78 out of 132 players into Day 3 of the tournament with a stack of 729,000, and Jonathan Duhamel (Day 1 chip leader) is not far behind with 666,100 chips.
Besides Benyamine and Duhamel, there are lots of poker stars among the remaining squad of players. However, the most notable one has to be Mr. Doyle Brunson! That's right! The godfather of poker is playing his first (and most probably only) event at the 2013 World Series of Poker. He will bring 265k to Day 3 and, according to his twitter, there are several side bets on how well he will do it in the tournament. So far it's looking pretty good. It will be interesting to follow him during Day 3!
It's not only in Vegas that big sums of money are at stake at the moment, because today a HKD 1 million buy-in (approx. USD$130k) tournament kicks off in Macau, China. Guangdong Ltd Asia Millions (2 re-buys maximum) is hosted by PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams (PokerStars LIVE Macau) and will run until June 7, 2013, with live streams. Chinese businessman and several well known poker pros (Gus Hansen, Isaac Haxton, ElkY, Jonathan Duhamel, Erik Seidel and a few others) are due to attend the event, which is expected to become one of the biggest high roller events in history!
THE WEBCAST BROADCAST DATES: DATE: WEDNESDAY 05/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 1 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to end of level 8
DATE: THURSDAY 06/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 2 START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 9 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 00:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to 8 players
DATE: FRIDAY 07/06/2013 EVENT: $100,000 HKD DAY 3 FINAL TABLE START TIME: 15:00 local time in Macau (GMT +8) from level 1 approx. END TIME: APPROX. 21:30 local time in Macau (GMT +8) to winner
Now all 4 heats of Group A are in the books. Daniel "Jungleman" Cates ended up winning the final heat for 16 points. Jonathan Duhamel, who already had secured a final table spot before heat 4 kicked off, finished second for 11 points and Sam Trickett received 8 points for finishing in third place.
The final table of PartyPoker Premier League is getting closer and closer as 3 of 4 heats in Group A have been completed. The former world champion Jonathan Duhamel took down the first heat, Daniel "Jungleman" Cates the second one and Antonio Esfandiari won the third heat.
It took more than 24 hours of poker action for a winner to be crowned at the EPT Deauville High Roller. Vojtech Ruzicka, from Czech Republic, overcame a field (total entries 85. 71 players +14 rebuys) that included some of the best tournament players in the world (Jonathan Duhamel, Steve O'Dwyer, "ElkY", Eugene Katchalov and many others).
The most poker players usually recognise the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel. Believe it or not, but Phil Ivey, who many consider the world's best poker player, had no clue who Duhamel, 25, was until he was seated next to him at a featured table during a $100,000 buy-in EPT event earlier this year.
Ivey:"Hello, what's your name?" Duhamel:"Jonathan..." Ivey: "Nice to meet you."
Daniel Negreanu, who sat at the table, couldn't believe his ears and told Ivey: "He won the main event last year."
Day 1B of WPT Prague was a very thrilling day of poker as lots of well-known players were among the 179 particiapants. Besides that, the atmosphere among the players was very good. Maybe it had something to do with some of the French players wearing bunny rabbit hats?
The second starting day of WPT Malta attracted 105 players, meaning that that the total field size of the Main Event was 169-players. 71 players survived Day 1b and Jackson Genovesi had the biggest stack when it came to an end - 147,500 - about 24k more than Casper Toft, the "winner" of Day 1a. Joining Genovesi to Day 2, which starts in a few hours, are poker stars such as Jonathan Duhamel, Tony G, Jason Mercier and Vanessa Selbst.
In total, 104 players of 169 will return to the tables today with hopes of making it to the final table, where the winner will take home €120,000. Maybe not the biggest first prize we have seen on the World Poker Tour, but with so many good players taking part there is definitely some prestige in winning WPT Malta.
Just a few hours after Matthew Salsberg, producer of the popular TV series Weeds, took down the WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the main event at WPT Malta kicked off at Portomaso Casino in St.Julians. Day 1a only attacked a field of 64 players willing to pay the €3,300 buy-in. The reason for this might be because of several expensive WCOOP on PokerStrars and/or that WPT Grand Prix de Paris was to close.
Time is up and Day 2 of the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star Main Event has come to an end with 20 players. Jonathan Duhamel is one of them and he has a great chance of reaching the final table with his stack of 751,000 chips (6th place). Another 2 familiar faces that are closing in on the final are Joe Serock (647,000) and JC Tran (145,000).
In December last year the 2010 WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel was attacked in his home in Boucherville, Quebec by two masked men who got away with his 2010 WSOP Bracelet, a Rolex watch and some cash. It didn't take long before Duhamel's Ex girlfriend Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, 20, and 3 men were arrested by the police for involvement in the home invasion.
Shortly after the Rolex watch was found and returned to Duhamel, however, the bracelet, which is estimated to be be worth around $40,000, wasn't found and Duhamel even offered a reward of up to $10,000 to the one who could give information on where the bracelet was kept.
The German Poker pro Martin Finger has once again been in trouble after a night out partying (read EPT Prague winner arrested by the police). This time he was thrown out from a club during PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in Bahamas. Besides that he punched the former world champion Jonathan Duhamel the face outside the club.
Last Friday, Leonid Bilokur and Jonathan Duhamel battled it out on the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure High Roller final table. Duhamel played amazing on the final table and got to heads-up with a 2-1 chip lead over Bilokur. But Bilokur didn't throw in the towel. Instead he showed no respect whatsoever for the former world champion since he took down pot after pot. Small pots in the beginning, then bigger pots as his confidence grew.
141 players paid $25k each and entered the PCA High Roller event yesterday. Seven of these 141 players even re-entered the tournament for another $25,000 ("ElkY", Chris Moorman, Chance Kornuth, Eui Woong Kim, Joe Elpayaa, and Nick Yunis)., making the total number of entries 148 - 10 less than last year.
After 11 levels of play, lots of all ins, bad beats etc, 56 players remained and they will return to the tables today and continue the struggle towards the juicy $1,134,930 first prize. Chip leader is Nick Yunis from Chile with about 60k more than his closest opponent, businessman Bill Perkins. Yunis has been around the poker scene for a couple of years but missed out on the really big cashes. So, now he has a great opportunity to do something about that.
A few days before Christmas Jonathan Duhamel, the winner of the 2010 WSOP Main Event, was attacked in his home by two strangers who got away with a huge amount of money, a Rolex watch and Duhamels WSOP bracelet. Now the police have arrested 4 persons for the robbery and according to a popular poker magazine one of them is Duhamel's Ex girlfriend, 20-year-old Bianca Rojas-Latraverse.
On Wednesday morning two unknown persons broke into Jonathan Duhamel's (the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion) house in Boucherville, Quebec, Canda and attacked him. Police arrived at the scene shortly after and Duhamel went to the hospital for treatment of the wounds he got from the attack.
Below you can read Jonathan Duhamel's full statement and find out what happened exactly and what the thieves got away with.
Jonathan Duhamel, the 2010 WSOP main event winner, had an unwelcome visit on Wednesday when thieves broke into his house Boucherville, Quebec, Canda. According to a poker news site, two unknown persons entered his home at 9:15am on Wednesday and attacked him. However, the news site can't confirm whether or not the thieves got away with something.
The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Duhamel was treated for wounds at the hospital, but released shortly after. It remains unclear who the 2 thieves are and why they targeted Duhamel's residence. No arrests have been made so far, and Duhamel has still not spoken to the media about the incident.
We will keep you updated as the investigation develops.
In July next year it's time for a new charity tournament named Big One for One Drop. The tournament will be played during the 2012 World Series of Poker and all participants will automatically give $111,111 from the $1 million buy-in to water projects all over the globe. There are already a few big names confirmed for the tournament. Among these players one find super stars like Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan and "ElkY".
It ended up being a very interesting final table of the WPT Marrakech main event since 3 PokerStars Pros, Arnaud Mattern, Jonathan Duhamel and "ElkY", were on it. However, neither of them stood a chance against the native Mohamed Ali Houssam. Houssam, the Day 1 chip leader, played fantastic poker on the final table and always seemed to be one step ahead of his opponents. He also managed to keep a cool head when the cards weren't on his side, and also when he made a bad play... and it really paid off! For the win of WPT Marrakech he received a first price of amazing $267,011 - the biggest cash in his entire poker career!
PokerStars recently launched their Home Game concept which is believed to be a foolproof success. Players can easily create their own poker club by simply logging on to the software and then click on the Home Game tab in the main lobby. Poker friends from around the globe can join up in a poker club and easily make use of features like leaderbords, player statstics, game schedule & game results. If you create a club, you will become the club manager and be able to create private tables and tournaments, only available for your poker club. Furthermore, you will aslo be inviting players to join your club, perhaps even remove some member for some reason and be able to customize your club lobby. You can recruit members with email, facebook or twitter. Best of all - it's Free! Read more » PokerStars Launch "Home Games"
By the end of this week we will send your questions to Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel and Vanessa Rousso, so it's high time to put down a few questions on a piece of paper. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to get answers to your questions from 3 of the poker world's most interesting/best players.
About 2 weeks ago Jonathan Duhamel, 23, won the 2010 WSOP Main Event and became 8.9 million dollars richer. Now you might think that the new multi-millionaire has been celebrating and spending lots of money since the big win. NO NO! Jonathan Duhamel has not spent any money on himself, however, he recently donated about $100,000 to Montreal Canadiens Child Foundation, but apart from that he has taken it very easy and also taken a well-needed break from poker.