WSOP Champion Jonathan Duhamel Joins Team PokerStarsJanuary 12, 2011 9:56 am
It has just been announced that the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel has now joined Team Pokerstars Pro.
When the Canadian pro reached the final table of the WSOP 2010 Main Event, he was only one of two remaining players sponsored for the specific tournament by PokerStars.
Despite the unfavourable odds, PokerStars has a reputation for picking Main Event winners and Duhamel’s Las Vegas triumph last November represented the sites third champion in three years, including Peter Eastgate in 2008 and Joe Cada in 2009.
Some of the site’s past successes in recruiting past champions also include such players as Chris Moneymaker, Joe Hachem, and Greg Raymer.
Jonathan Duhamel picked up an impressive $8,944,310 last year after defeating a field of 7,319 players at WSOP 2010 to take his live tournament earnings to $9,053,125. Including his victory at WSOP 2010, Duhamel has cashed in at seven live tournaments throughout his career, which although low, is hardly surprising considering that Duhamel is mostly a cash gamer player and makes a comfortable living online playing as many as 18 tables a time.
It’s Duhamel’s talent at cash games which he says helped him to his famous WSOP victory and, as he explains:
“It’s harder to be the greatest cash game player than it is to be the greatest tournament player. When you play cash games, it’s a lot deeper. When you master that and then go into tournaments, most of the time you have fewer chips and big blinds, and it’s kind of easier to adjust to that.”
After his signing with PokerStars Team Pro, Duhamel says he has his sights firmly set on making a further mark on the tournament circuit and commented:
“I want to be playing the biggest tournaments in the world. I’m going to do my best to pull off another big score.”
The addition of the 23 year-old Duhamel to Team PokerStars Pro was announced on the sidelines of the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) presently taking place in the Bahamas. With Duhamel currently participating in the ten day, 55 event PCA, his next big score may come even sooner than expected.