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, banking $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 home $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.