Jonathan Duhamel has won the 2010 WSOP Main Event. The 23-year-old professional poker player became the first Canadian World Champion and had a payday of almost $9 million. Duhamel enjoyed a memorable run to defeat the 8 other remaining November Niners, the most famous of whom was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, who finished 5th.
Lost in all of the hullabaloo of Michael Mizrachi making the final table of this year’s WSOP Main Event, with a chance to tie for Player of the Year honors, was the man who was already guaranteed to at least be the co-winner, Frank Kassela.
With the entire poker world watching their every move, after 4 long months of waiting, the November Nine took their seats at this year’s WSOP Main Event Final table. After a grueling 13-hour session, 2 professional poker players, Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener, emerged from the milieu, and will reconvene on Monday November 8th to play heads-up for the title.
Inductions to poker’s Hall of Fame have become an annual ritual during the ceremonies surrounding the World Series of Poker main event final table. As the November niners prepare for combat on the felt, two legends of the game are preparing to be enshrined as poker Hall of Famers.
Just when you thought the poker world had seen everything, here comes a headline that is sure to make you go: “WHAT?!” Just last week, a $400 buy-in tournament was held at the World Poker Finals at Foxwoods that attracted almost 1,000 players. As is typical in many tournaments, as the field dwindles, blinds escalate, and payouts rise, prompting the remaining players to consider a chop so as to maximize cash out potential rather than risk bad luck and earn less money.
Infographic by: CardsChat.com
Perhaps London is where the poker pros shine brightest? Hot on the heels of Phil Laak’s 1st bracelet victory, 2009 World Series of Poker Player of the Year Jeffrey Lisandro scored his 5th career bracelet at the WSOPE in London, at the £5,250 Pot-Limit Omaha event.
The Unabomber? Wild? Crazy? Nuts? Insane? Call him what you will, but 1 thing is undeniable – Phil Laak is quite the character. Known more for his table talk, antics, prop bets, and friendship with Antonio Esfandiari, than his poker play, Laak had been atop an infamous list of “professional poker players without a World Series of Poker bracelet” – until now.
The world’s top poker players have converged upon the Empire Casino in London’s Leicester Square to try and claim some coveted hardware, with 5 World Series of Poker bracelet events to be played out there over the next 2 weeks.
Okay – admittedly, it’s a bit surreal to be writing a poker blog entry about something that happened to me, as I mostly cover news in the poker world. But what happened to me last night simply begs for some sort of a headline.