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WSOP November Nine Profile: Jonathan Duhamel

Posted at 11:00 2010-10-21

Over the coming weeks PokerNetwork will be taking a closer look at the men of the "November Nine" as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!

Seat 4: JONATHAN DUHAMEL (Boucherville, Quebec, Canada - 65,975,000 in chips)

Though he may be the youngest player in this year’s WSOP Main Event “November Nine”, 23-year-old Jonathan Duhamel will be returning to the Penn and Teller Theatre full of confidence with the overall chip lead, having bagged up 65,975,000 in chips in July. One of two Canadians at this final table, Duhamel is in prime position to become his country’s first WSOP Main Event bracelet winner.

Duhamel was born and bred in the suburb of Boucherville, Quebec, and still lives there to this day in his own apartment. He attended college at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQUAM) to study Finance but dropped out after his second year. Duhamel worked on and off at a series of “bad jobs”, amongst which included a stint as a factory worker before making a successful transition to playing poker full-time two years ago.

Duhamel considers himself more of a cash game player, but that’s not to say he hasn’t been able to hold his own in poker tournaments. In fact, Duhamel had two scores during this year’s WSOP, amounting to over US$43,000 – his first was a respectable 50th place in Event 16: $1,500 Six-Handed No Limit Hold’em tournament, which was followed by a 16th place finish in Event 56: $2,500 No Limit Hold’em tournament. Duhamel’s biggest result up until the 2010 WSOP Main Event was a 10th place finish in the 2008 EPT Prague Main Event for a €42,800 payday.

AND ON THE EIGHTH DAY ...

Duhamel started the final day of the WSOP Main Event with just over 10 million in chips, but managed to eclipse the rest of the field after eliminating 23-year-old American poker pro Matt Affleck in 15th place in one of the most dramatic hands of the tournament.

With the blinds at 120,000/240,000 (ante 30,000), the action folded around to Duhamel who raised to 550,000 from the cutoff before Affleck re-raised to 1.55 million from the button. The blinds folded, Duhamel four-bet it to 3,925,000 and Affleck called and the dealer produced a flop of {Td}{9c}{7h}.

Duhamel checked his option and Affleck led out for 5,000,000 straight. Duhamel called and checked again after the turn of the {Qd}. Affleck moved his last 11.6 million chips into the middle and Duhamel went into the tank for almost five minutes before making a crying call with {Jh}{Jc} and found himself behind Affleck’s {As}{Ac}.

With the pot now worth more than 42,000,000 in chips, Affleck was in prime position to take the overall chip lead, but in a cruel twist of fate, one of Duhamel’s outs spiked on the river in the form of the {8d}, giving Duhamel the straight. A distraught Affleck was sent to the rail to collect US$500,165 for his efforts.

Duhamel then claimed the scalp of another American poker pro in the form of Adam Levy. Levy moved all-in pre-flop for 3,945,000 with {Ks}{Qh}, but was snapped off by Duhamel who tabled {Ad}{Ac}. The board was spread {Th}{6c}{3h}{Kc}{2c} and Levy bowed out in 12th place, catapulting Duhamel into the November Nine chip lead!

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