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WSOP November Nine: Jonathan Duhamel captures Canada's first championship br

Jonathan Duhamel had faced countless opponents in his long march to the World Series of Poker Final table and the heads-up battle that would decide the 2010 world champion, but none so insistent and unforgiving as the expectation he foisted upon himself. He said at every turn that he would not be ha...more

by Brad Willis on November 8, 2010 10:07 PM

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel earns back big lead after Racener doubles

Analyzing heads up poker without access to hole cards is even more pointless than analyzing full ring poker without access to any poker knowledge whatsoever. But as we have done that for getting on six years now, we'll give this other game a stab.It was plain in the pre-match interviews that John Ra...more

by Howard Swains on November 8, 2010 9:52 PM

WSOP November Nine: The first moments of heads-up play

And so we've reached the moment at which Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener sit down eye to eye. In the moments leading up to the match, Duhamel came off the Rio's Ipanema Tower elevator flanked by an entourage of two burly fans. Duhamel's ears were stuffed with white buds. He danced in the corridor ...more

by Brad Willis on November 8, 2010 8:52 PM

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel leads from the front in quest for $9 million

It's not easy being a chip leader. Ever since the World Series Main Event revised its format to give us the November Nine, the chip leader at the end of the summer section has never won the bracelet. Even before that it was far from a foregone conclusion that pre-final table dominance equated to pos...more

by Howard Swains on November 8, 2010 7:30 PM

WSOP November Nine: Duhamel the Destroyer books date with destiny

On Friday afternoon in Las Vegas, the day before the final table of the World Series of Poker began, Jonathan Duhamel, chip leader, told reporters of his ambition for the coming weekend. "I am playing to win," he said. "I'm not going to be happy if I come second."After 11 hours of play on Saturday, ...more

by Howard Swains on November 7, 2010 1:55 AM

WSOP November Nine: Mizrachi, Candio eliminated

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi was a lot of things to the November Nine. He was the best known of the players. He was the man with the roller-coaster backstory. He was the man who had the chance to be the first WSOP Main Event champion with the letter "z" in his name. Now, he is something else: the ...more

by Brad Willis on November 7, 2010 1:30 AM

WSOP November Nine: The 70 million chip curse

Johnathan Duhamel started today with 65,975,000 chips. He was the leader. He had more chips than any player had ever brought to a World Series final table. And he needed to win only 4,025,000 more of them to break the 70 million chip barrier, the first player to do so in this year's tournament.As we...more

by Howard Swains on November 7, 2010 12:25 AM

WSOP November Nine: Beware the race

If you have come to the belief that poker is nothing but a series of won and lost races, this November Nine performance will do nothing to change your mind. When Jonathan Duhamel called John Dolan's all-in and Dolan turned over Q♦5♦, we thought, "Finally, we could see an elimination that isn't t...more

by Brad Willis on November 6, 2010 11:26 PM

WSOP November Nine: Senti sent packing in thriller

And then there was one.The news here at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas is that Jason Senti's World Series of Poker is over. He has just busted in seventh place, earning $1,356,720 for his troubles, leaving Johnathan Duhamel as the final PokerStars player remaining. But it's testament to Senti's brillian...more

by Howard Swains on November 6, 2010 10:24 PM

WSOP November Nine: Indigestion and the poker playing response

As the game of poker grows increasingly toward the realm of the mainstream, the study of random tournament statistics becomes more and more in depth. For instance, as we noted this summer, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Cada will survive this year as the WSOP champion with the fewest letters in his name (a...more

by Brad Willis on November 6, 2010 9:20 PM
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