Europe bound!

teampro-thumb.JPGAs I'm writing this blog, it's Friday August 26th and I'm preparing to leave for Europe.

Finally, here we are. My three weeks of "vacation" has just ended. In a few hours, I'm flying to Barcelona, thus starting a tro-month trip across Europe! Two very, very busy months! PokerStars European Poker Tour, World Poker Tour, World Series of Poker Europe, as well as the World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP). All in all, two intense months of poker!

Yes, indeed, vacations do a lot of good. After this first year as champion, it was essential for me to get back to my roots and spend some quality time with my family and close friends. This break being over, it's back on the tournament trail.If everything goes according to plans, my itinerary should look like this: Barcelona, Ibiza, Paris, Ibiza or Cannes, Barcelona, Malta, London, Cannes, and finally San Remo. Poker seven days a week, twelve hours/day!

I can't wait. I'm eager to get back to competing, to playing against the world's best. As always, you can count on many real time updates about my tournaments by following my Twitter account, @jonathanduhamel.


I must take a moment to also announce that I have had the privilege to become an official spokesperson for the One Drop foundation. For me, it's a unique opportunity to represent this charitable foundation created by Guy Laliberté, also creator of Cirque Du Soleil. With my numerous travels, I'll do whatever I can to increase public awareness, especially among poker players, of this foundation working for a better accessibility to water around the globe. Water is the source of everything. A seemingly simple mission, but very complex in the real world. Fortunately, with the helping hand of many partners, including Guy Laliberté, concrete results are now appearing with concrete missions to ease access or purification of water. A lot of work still remains to be done, of course. So it's with great pleasure that I join this foundation. It's an honor for me and I will do everything I can to carry this message.

Finally, let me remind you that my book , essentially talking about the fundamental qualities required to become a world champion at poker, will be out late October. I can assure you that I've put all of my heart and mind into it, and, with the help of Serge Rivest and Philippe Jetté, I'm convinced that this book will become a vital tool for every passionate poker player.

I now have to leave. It's time to go to my second home: the airport!

Thanks for reading me.

Jonathan Duhamel
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