Jonathan Duhamel Wins $275k Top Prize At EPT Deauville High RollerFebruary 2, 2011 10:04 am
Jonathan Duhamel has come back in style after winning the WSOP Main Event back in November 2010, by now taking down the EPT Deauville High Roller on January 30th, 2011.
After winning the Main Event for a staggering $8,944,310, Duhamel said he was eager to prove his incredible triumph was not merely a flash in the pan, and famously commented at the time:
“I have to prove something to myself. The best way to prove it is by just playing a lot, practising a lot, and then be ready if I play a final table.”
Now, just a few months down the line, Jonathan Duhamel has further confirmed his status as a unique talent by winning the $10,000 High Roller event in France for €203,232 ($276,608) having overcome a field of 58 top players over the two day tournament.
After Day 1 of the event the 58 player field had been reduced to just 16 players, with Duhamel rising to the third highest chip count during the proceedings. Continuing where he left off, Duhamel then stayed the course to reach the heads-up phase of the competition against French player Alain Confino.
Eventually, an increasingly short-stacked Confino moved all-in pre-flop with A-J only to run into Duhamel’s badly dominating A-K, who then took the title, as well as the €203,232 ($276,608) top prize.
After his victory, Duhamel has moved to 15th place on poker’s All Time Money List, with his live tournament earnings now standing at $9,322,478, just above Gus Hansen (16th) on $9,102,528 and former WSOP Champion Joe Cada (17th) on $8,626,099. Following his impressive win, the 23 year-old Canadian pro commented:
“I’m so happy right now, I love poker. 200k Euros is definitely nice, but the feeling to win again a big one is even better.”
What makes Jonathan Duhamel’s achievements all the more impressive is the fact he is first a cash player and often plays 6 players max online on up to 18 tables a time. This was how he predominantly made a living before switching to tournaments, a shrewd decision he will be extremely pleased to have made.