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."
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.
The final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event is getting closer and closer and it's high time to take a look at some of the finalists. We start with the most interesting one. Michael "the Grinder Mizrachi, who's a well-known face in the poker world a lot thanks to his participance in High Stakes Poker, will for sure be one the most interesting players to follow on the final table.
Michael Mizrachi will bring a 14,450,000 stack (7th place) with him to the final table on November 9. His biggest threats on the final table are Jonathan Dumhamel and John Dolan. Both Dumhamel and Dolan have monster stacks and, assuming that they continue playing the same way as before the final table, they wont be afraid to use them against the rest of the players who have equal stacks and are far behind. However, I'm quite sure that they will avoid playing against Mizrach because of his final table experience.
Day 4 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event is now in the books. 574 of 7,319 players are still in the tournament and all of them are guaranteed to get a share from the enormous prize pool of nearly $69 million. Chip leader of the tournament is Tony Dunst from Las Vegas, Nevada who sits on a stack of 1,546,000 (average stack 381k).
There are several notables left in the field (Johnny Chan, Hasan Habib, Johnny Lodden, Scotty Nguyen etc -- all top 100), with 4 days to go before the tournament is down to the final table and goes on a break. In a couple of hours day 5 of the main event kicks off. It has been a very interesting tournament to follow so far and hopefully the rest of the tournament will be even better.