Jonathan Duhamel emerged as the winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller tournament, for which the Canadian professional poker player and winner of the WSOP championship title of 2012 gets to take home the top prize of $3,989,985 and the second gold bracelet of his career.
Duhamel said: “I feel so amazing right now. It doesn’t get any better than that. I mean, the biggest buy-in of the summer, its for a charitable cause in One Drop … all those things combine to make probably like my second best day ever. After the main event.”
Now 27 years of age, Duhamel is from Boucherville in Quebec. He beat an impressive field of 135 players, comprising specialists in high-stakes games, successful businessmen, and top poker stars. The prize pool generated was $14,249,925 and more than $750,000 was diverted to the One Drop Foundation, a global organization that works to provide safe drinking water for people all over the world. On Day 2, only 46 players were left in the game.
After Day 1, Dan Colman, who had won the WSOP 2014 $1 million Big One for One Drop Tournament, was the chip leader. When the final table action began, Phil Hellmuth was in the lead, but he lost his best hands to Duhamel and busted in the sixth place.
Dan Perper and Ben Sulksy were eliminated in the fifth and fourth places, respectively, leaving Colman playing against Bill Klein, the retired owner of a manufacturing company, and Duhamel. However, Colman soon ran short of chips and had to leave the table.
When Duhamel began his heads-up match against Klein, he held a stack of 23 million chips against his opponent’s 17.5 million. Since the blinds were very high at this point, the heads-up play did not last more than 21 hands. When the final hand was being played, Klein responded with a bet of 3.6 million to Duhamel’s raise of 1.2 million. Duhamel then bet all-in and his opponent called for 13 million. Ultimately, Duhamel’s hand turned out to be the better one and he emerged as the champion of the event.
In addition to the top prize and the championship title, Duhamel won 1,320 Card Player Player of the Year Points.