Jonathan Duhamel, a 23-year-old college dropout from Quebec, has captured the World Series of Poker Main Event, an $8.9 million jackpot. Back on July 5, the first group of runners packed into the Amazon Room at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino to embark on their 2010 WSOP Main Event run. After all four days of registration were complete, the field had grown to 7,319 players buying into the tournament for $10,000 each, becoming the second largest Main Event ever.
Duhamel said his past of school and working since age 13, he left the Universite du Quebec a Montreal in his second year studying finance, prepared him for playing cards. Before telling his skeptical parents he would play poker for a living, Duhamel had picked strawberries, worked in a grocery store and in the factory.
The poker has already taken this Quebec native all over the world, playing in such places as the Caribbean, Monte Carlo, Prague, Monaco and last year in Vegas, where he got knocked out of the Main Event on Day 3. After his early exit last year Duhamel decided to come earlier to this year’s World Series of Poker and play in other events, a decision that appears to be paying dividends.
When he’s not playing poker, Duhamel enjoys hockey and lives in Boucherville, Quebec. Duhamel is clearly excited about his claim to fame, hoping it might translate into an invitation to do something that millions of Canadian boys only dream of: dropping the puck to start a Montreal Canadiens game.
[Source: Poker News]