Leonid Bilokur Defeats Jonathan Duhamel To Win 2012 PCA High Rollers

Leonid Bilokur became the fourth $1M winner at the 2012 PCA.

We’re all about giving credit where it’s due.

It’s possible that over the years, we’ve had some fun at the expense of Jonathan Duhamel. But not without reason: 1) the first impression anyone had of him was the brutal bad beat he inflicted on fan-favorite Matt Affleck at the 2010 WSOP and most viewed him generally as a major luckbox before the final table; 2) he was basically the only person to ever bail on an appearance for This Week in Poker; and 3) the whole French-Canadian thing.

But we’re also always willing to admit when we’re wrong about something. Like, for example, we were really, really wrong about thinking The Killing was a good show. Or that the man Duhamel defeated heads-up at the 2010 WSOP would’ve been “good for poker” (a-hem) and that Duhamel would not.

Turns out, Duhamel has been a very worthy WSOP champ and generally good for the game.

After a relatively solid 2011 which saw him win an EPT event and semi-final the NBC National Heads-Up, Duhamel has started this year on an absolute tear, final table-ing four PCA events and earning over $1M in the process.

Duhamel, in fact, almost captured two PCA titles. Having already won the $5k NLH 8-Max, Duhamel finished second at the $25,000 High-Rollers event, bankingĀ $634,550. He now has almost $11M in career tournament earnings. Take that, crazy ex-girlfriend.

Duhamel lost the High Rollers event to Leonid Bilokur of Russia. Bilokur became the fourth person to leave the 2012 PCA over a million dollars richer, taking homeĀ $1,134,930.

Isaac Haxton finished third ($380,730) and overnight chip leader Jason Koon was fourth ($271,950).

Get a full final table recap and results here.

* Photo courtesy of PokerStars Blog.


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