Jonathan Duhamel Signs as Ambassador to Quebec's CasinosApril 11, 2016 12:07 pm
The Société des casinos du Québec (SCQ) is an organization entrusted with managing the Canadian government’s four casinos based in Québec. The province is also home to Canada’s 2010 WSOP champion, Jonathan Duhamel, and in a strategic partnership move the 28 year-old poker pro has now agreed to represent the SCQ as a brand ambassador.
Duhamel’s duties will include playing live WSOP Circuit events at the province’s casinos, namely the Casino de Montréal, the Casino du Lac-Leamy, the Casino de Mont-Tremblant, and the Casino de Charlevoix. In addition, Duhamel will represent Quebec’s only licensed iPoker site Espacejeux, which is owned by the Lotto-Quebec Corporation. As Duhamel subsequently tweeted after the appointment was announced:
“Très content de vous annoncer que je serai Président d’honneur du @WSOP-C au @CasinoMontreal et sur @Espacejeux!! http://ow.ly/10mABY”
Jonathan Duhamel was a natural choice for the SCQ, as he is Québec’s most famous gambler, as well as one of the most successful poker players ever to win a WSOP Main Event. Unlike many other former champions, Jonathan Duhamel has continued his winning ways since the victory which netted him $8,944,310, and over the past six years had added a further $8,546,932 to his tally. Together with his earlier tournament cashes, Duhamel currently boasts $17,592,802 in tournament winnings, placing him at number 10 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’.
Furthermore, Duhamel continues to make waves in the poker world, and last year proved his most successful since the 2010 WSOP, having amassed $4,970,513 in winnings, as well as scooping a further two WSOP bracelets, including the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop for $3,989,985, and the €25,600 High Roller NLHE event for €554,395.
On the flip side, Duhamel’s success has also come at a cost, and in December 2011 he was the victim of a particularly nasty home invasion robbery in which he was badly beaten. Amongst the items taken was his WSOP Main Event bracelet, and $150,000 in cash, and in a twist it later transpired that his ex-girlfriend, Bianca Rojas-Latraverse, had helped organize the crime together with three other individuals. She was subsequently sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars.