Jonathan Duhamel Wins PCA $5k Event For $239,830January 12, 2012 6:35 pm
Jonathan Duhamel has just won the PCA $5k side event at Paradise Island’s Atlantis Resort, after defeating a field of 158 players on his way to collecting the $239,830 first place prize.
Putting behind him the incident of December 21st, when he was the victim of a brutal home invasion, the 2010 WSOP Main Event Champion has now started the new year in blistering form. Only last week, the 24-year-old Team PokerStars Pro finished 4th in the PCA $100k Super High Roller Event for $313,600, and with his latest victory is now just $5,000 short of surpassing the $558,073 he earned throughout the whole of 2011.
By the time Jonathan Duhamel reached the eight man final table, he faced stiff competition from such opponents as the 2011 WSOP Winner Pius Heinz, Jason Mercier, Edward Kim, Keven Stammen, Owen Crowe, Laurence Houghton and Kenny Hallaert.
As the final table began to thin, danger man Pius Heinz busted in 5th ($45,980) after getting it in with pocket tens against his opponent’s pocket jacks. Later, Jason Mercier then exited in 3rd ($80,460), heralding in the heads-up phase of the competion between Jonathan Duhamel and Edward Kim. Duhamel then dispatched his fellow Canadian, who walked away with his biggest live score to date of $134,100, while Duhamel claimed his third tournament title.
The final results for the PCA $5k No Limit 8-Max Event were as follows:
1. Jonathan Duhamel (Canada) – $239,830
2. Edward Kim (Canada) – $134,100
3. Jason Mercier (USA) – $80,460
4. Keven Stammen (USA) – $57,470
5. Pius Heinz (Germany) – $45,980
6. Owen Crowe (Canada) – $38,320
7. Laurence Houghton (UK) – $30,650
8. Kenny Hallaert (Belgium) – $22,990
The French-Canadian pro took down his first major tournament score back in 2008, when he finished in 10th at the €5,000 EPT Prague for €42,800 ($54,904). In 2010, Duhamel then landed on the poker radar with $8,987,310 in winnings for the year, followed in 2011 with $558,073 in cashes, including victory in the €10,000 EPT Deauville High Roller for €200,000 ($272,209).
With his latest win in the Bahamas, Jonathan Duhamel now moves to 14th on Poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $10,157,373 in live tournament earnings.