2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel just did something very few recent WSOP Champions have done; follow up his performance with another meaningful victory. Over the last few years, since Chris Moneymaker in 2003, the poker world has seen the various WSOP Champions come and go with various degrees of success. Some of the champions proved that their victories weren’t flukes; specifically 2005 champ Joe Hachem and 2004 champ Greg Raymer come to mind. None of the past few champs, however, has managed to score a convincing victory while in defense of his title, until Duhamel took down the recent High Roller event at the EPT Deauville.
With almost $9 million to his name, posting the €10,000 entry fee at the European Poker Tour’s marquee event stops wasn’t a problem for Duhamel. Despite having the biggest bullseye on his back, he managed to outlast 57 other top poker players and win over €200,000. As if to prove that with $9 million in the bank, the money simply didn’t mean too much to him, Duhamel was quoted as saying that he was happier about the win than about the €200,000. The PokerStars pro has professed his love for the game of poker many times since making the final table at last year’s WSOP Main Event, and is likely to continue traveling the poker circuit in search of additional poker victories in his title-defense year.