Duhamel Wins 3rd WSOP bracelet

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Duhamel Wins 3rd WSOP bracelet
25 Oct

Jonathan Duhamel took down the WSOP Europe High Roller in Berlin at the weekend, adding a 3rd WSOP bracelet and €554,395 to his already impressive career winnings.

The 2010 WSOP Main Event champion saw off an impressive list of challengers in the 64-strong $25K High-Roller, including the likes of Jason Mercier (who bubbled the money in 8th) and Italian sensation Mustapha Kanit (who finished 3rd).

Speaking to WSOP.com, he said after the final table ended on Friday, “It feels even better than the second one,” referring to this summer’s WSOP $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller event which he lifted for $3,989,985.

I felt like this tournament was really tough. It’s one of the toughest I’ve played in my life. To be able to win it, it means everything.”

The Canadian had to fight off the challenge of fellow 2-time bracelet winner Davidi Kitai heads-up, after the young Italian Kanit had fallen in 3rd (good for $249,962) when his hero call lost out to Kitai’s 3rd pair show-down hand. The heads-up battle started out with both players evenly stacked, but Duhamel quickly gained the upper-hand, and eventually it came down to an all-in call.

Duhamel shoved from the button, his 7♥ 7♣ being called by Kitai’s weaker J♥ 7♠. When the board fell A♠ K♠ 2♠ 8♥ 7♦, the title and bracelet was Duhamel’s – Kitai having to content himself with the runner-up spot and $342,620.

After his Berlin victory Duhamel revealed,

To be honest, when I won the Main Event I told myself I was going to win a bracelet every five years. I won one this summer and that was great, and then this happened,” promising he would be back in Vegas next summer “trying for number four, that's for sure. I've never had a goal to try and win ten bracelets or anything.”

28-year-old Canadian now has career earnings from live tournament play of a massive $17,579,964, half of which came from his Main Event victory in 2010 (good for $8,944,310) and he is currently occupying 10th spot in the HendonMob.com’s ‘All-time Money List.’

He was the victim of a robbery late in 2011, when assailants burst into his home, beat him up and made off with a large amount of money and his WSOP bracelet.

The bracelet was subsequently discovered by a Montreal street-cleaner, though it was described by PocketFives.com as being “dented, dinged, scratched, and chipped, mutilation that one might expect … when jettisoned in the streetand collected by a sweeper.” His last name had also been scratched off the back of the bracelet, although the rarity of the jewelry made it easy to identify.

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