Jonathan Duhamel is one of the players that came about from the internet poker boom after Chris Moneymaker won the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2003. Four years after that result the French-Canadian player was already cashing in ‘live’ tournaments after building up his bankroll prior to that online.
He came into prominence in 2010 after winning the World Series of Poker Main Event for a total of $8,944,310, which was made all the sweeter considering up until that point he had only won just under $100k in live events in the years before that.
He was the first Canadian player to ever win the world’s most prestigious event and achievement the patriotic player will take to his grave. He followed up the win the very next year by taking down the EPT Deauville High Roller for $272,209 and has had a number of consistent results in the years following including taking down a side event at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for $239,830 and a second place at the same series in the $25k High Roller for $634,550.
His performances quickly brought him to the attention of PokerStars who made him one of their PokerStars Team Pros, something that only the world’s best pro’s can hope to achieve. He has yet to win another WSOP bracelet but has made 15 cashes at the series over the years and will be looking to add to his collection as soon as possible. Showing his charitable nature he actually donated $100k of his Main Event winnings to the Montreal Canadians Children Foundation.
— Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel) October 13, 2013
Despite the good times at the tables he has experienced the rough end of the stick that being a poker player can attract. He was once robbed at home by three men who beat him before stealing his WSOP bracelet, just over $100k in cash and a Rolex watch. Three men and his ex-girlfriend were arrested and jailed for the incident and the bracelet, watch and half of the cash has been recovered thus far. When a similar incident happened to well liked pro Theo Jorgensen, Duhamel was one of the first to offer his support and share his opinion on the incident.
— Jonathan Duhamel (@JonathanDuhamel) December 3, 2012