Jonathan Duhamel defeated John Racener in the heads-up of the 2010 WSOP Main Event to become the new champion of the poker world. Coming into the heads-up phase of the event it was apparent that the correct question was “when” and not “who”. Because Duhamel had such a massive chip lead that Racener was faced with an impossible task. Duhamel held almost 190 million chips compared to Racener’s 30 million. Racener had to yield to the inevitable, but took home a purse of $5.55 million. Duhamel took home the most coveted bracelet of 2010 and a cash prize of $8.94 million.
Duhamel is the first Canadian in the history of poker to win the WSOP Main Event. He was born in 1987 in Boucherville, Quebec. The beginning of his story is like that of so many professional poker players today. Duhamel was into serious online poker while pursuing an education in finance. Realizing that he would have to let one go he decided to ditch education. As soon as he was of legal age to play in live tournaments in Europe he participated in the European Poker Tour and finished 10th in the Main Event in Prague. This year was the first that he could play in WSOP and had two cashes before the Main Event. His first win in a major poker event was the WSOP 2010 Main Event win, which makes it all the sweeter. This is what Duhamel had to say after the victory. “It means so much to me. It is a dream come true. All my life I have dreamed of this. Now, to have the chance to be called the champion is so amazing. I still do not realize what has really happened. It’s so crazy. I’m the happiest guy on earth right now.”
Michael Mizrachi was the most known player of the final nine. At one stage he took the chip lead for a while but could not hold on. Ultimately he had to settle for the fifth place. Frank Kassela was named WSOP 2010 Player of the Year with 2 bracelets and 6 cashes. He was a fair bit ahead of Mizrachi who finished second.