Phil Ivey is back playing tournament poker in the United States for the first time in almost a year. Cardplayer Lifestyle gives you the highlights of his LA Poker Classic appearance so far, as well as news on Vanessa Selbst and Jonathan Duhamel.
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.
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.
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.