He’s the guy with his hat on backwards and the poker player who won the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Jonathan Duhamel. And now he is also the newest member of the prestigious Team PokerStars Pro. Duhamel joins a collection of poker luminaries, including Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Barry Greenstein and Vanessa Rousso.
Duhamel struck pay dirt and may have had a little bit of Lady Luck on his side at the 2010 WSOP in Las Vegas. He won his first two cashes ever when he was there and was able to use those to gain entry into the Main Event.
Of course anyone who gets to the final table of the WSOP Main Event has to play with skill, possess some luck and display fortitude. In 2010, 7,319 poker players started the tournament. It’s always a wild ride for anyone who gets to the final table and Duhamel somehow managed to not only be one of the chosen nine, but when he got there, he was the chip leader.
At the final table, he showed he was indeed a pro as he managed to work his way through an array of challengers. Where he really proved his mettle was when he lost the chip lead and then kept his cool, making his way back to the top. When he went heads-up versus John Racener of Florida, Duhamel was in control with a big chip lead. When all was said and done, he had won his first bracelet and the tidy sum of $8.9 million.
Now that Duhamel is sponsored by PokerStars, you’ll see him at events around the world as part of their professional team. I’d keep wearing that hat backwards.