Jonathan Duhamel Triumphs in $111k One Drop High Roller

5 years ago
Jonathan Duhamel WSOP 2015
30 Jun

Jonathan Duhamel made his mark on the poker world back in 2010 when he won the WSOP Main Event at 23 years of age.

A few final table exits and in the money finishes followed the big US$8.9 million win, but another WSOP Gold Bracelet eluded the Canadian, who also made headlines for being the victim of a shocking home invasion in 2011.

The wait for a second Gold Bracelet ended today after Duhamel took out the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event (Event #58) in Las Vegas. The 27-year-old topped a field of 135 players, which included the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Joseph Cheong, Phil Ivey and Andrew Lichtenberger to take his second ever WSOP Gold Bracelet.

It didn’t look like Duhamel had much chance of a victory when the final table got underway early on Monday night (western US time). With a little more than 2 million chips to his name, Duhamel had the second lowest chip stack of the nine remaining players when the final table got underway.

The only player to trail him was Lichtenberger, who was extremely short stacked with just 340,000 chips.

However, it did not take long for Duhamel to put on his A-game, which began after he doubled up when he won a hand against Hellmuth, who enter the final table as the chip leader. After he sent Anthony Zinno to the rail in seventh place made, Duhamel crossed the 10 million chips mark to put him in a really good spot with six left. Phil Hellmuth followed in Zinno's footsteps, exiting in sixth place.

The bumpy ride was still not over for Jonathan as with three players left, after Dan Perper and Ben Sulsky were sent to the rail, he found himself short stacked again. Canadian wasn't about to give up however, as he proceeded to double up after he won a huge hang against eventual third place finisher Daniel Colman, once again seizing the chip lead.

After Colman was finally felted, it was between him and Bill Klein to determine who would walk away the winner. After some back and forth, former Main Event champion would break Klein's defences and got the chips in the middle in a great spot, holding kk against Klein's kj . While Klein hit a pair of Jacks on the flop, he was unable to better his hand after a and 4 came on the turn and river respectively.

It proved to be a very good night for Duhamel, who took home US$3,989,985 for his efforts. The win takes his total live tournament winnings to nearly US$17 million, the majority of which has come via the WSOP. Klein took home $2,465,522 for his runner up finish, while Colman's exit in third netted him $1,544,122. As for Bill Klein's finish in second spot, this is good news for charities, as he's always been known to give away 100% of his winnings to good causes (and match the buy-ins in the events he didn't cash), so if he continues this practice, there is a nice boost in the pipeline for one or few charities out there.

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