Tonight at 9PM Central on ESPN one young poker player takes down the most coveted bracelet in all of poker, and almost $9 Million. If you want to be surprised when you watch the broadcast, stop reading now (and avert your gaze from the picture that follows). If you're like this enthusiast and author, you just couldn't wait, and took in chunks of the nine-handed action, right through head's up play, on ESPN3.com. The final table played from 9 down to 2 on Saturday afternoon, evening, and night for about 14 hours. Then, last night, Florida Pro John Racener and French Canadian Jonathan Duhamel sat down to play for all the marbles.
What follows, text and images, is courtesy of our friends at WSOP.com.
Jonathan Duhamel is the winner of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship.
from Boucherville, Quebec became the first Canadian citizen in history
to win poker’s world championship. Two Canadians had previously
finished in the runner-up spot in the 41-year-history of poker's
undisputed world championship. Tuan Lam took second place in 2007, to
Jerry Yang. Fellow Canadian Howard Goldfarb did the same in 1995,
losing to Dan Harrington.
a 23-year-old poker pro, collected a whopping $8,944,310 in prize
money. He was also presented with the widely-cherished and
universally-revered gold and diamond-encrusted gold bracelet,
representing the game’s sterling achievement.
triumph was both a mental and physical marathon. Duhamel overcame a
huge field of 7,319 entrants who entered what was the second-largest
WSOP Main Event in history. The No-Limit Hold’em tournament began on
July 5th, and took more than four months to complete, including the
customary recess prior to the November Nine.