Phil Ivey's failure to recognise Jonathan Duhamel: fail or level?

Jonathan Duhamel. You may have heard of him. You know, he won the World Series of Poker Main Event for $8,944,310 and is second to only Daniel Negreanu on the Canadian all-time money list with more than $11m in live tournament winnings.

Phil Ivey. You've probably heard of him, too. High stakes cash game legend and second on the all-time money list with $17,517,475, behind only to Antonio Esfandiari who made a Jamie Gold-esque leap into pole position with his $18,346,673 win in the The Big One for One Drop.


"You're Daniel who?"

The question to be asked here is whether they know each other. More specifically, whether Ivey knows who Duhamel is. He certainly gives the impression that he doesn't at this TV table during last year's $100,000 Super High Roller at the PCA. Watch the video...

Is it a level or does Ivey, a player who it's been suggested chooses to ignore much of the day-to-day news of the poker world, simply not know who Duhamel is? Is it a joke, psychological manoeuvring or genuine? If you get a chance to ask Ivey, let us know.

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Rick Dacey
@PokerStars in Strategy