Jonathan Duhamel, the professional poker player who won the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2015 Main Event, is no longer a member of Team PokerStars Pro.
PokerStars has made no comments about the circumstances leading to Duhamel’s departure. However, they said that they had terminated their contract with the pro and will not be working with him in future.
Those who are familiar with Duhamel are not surprised. The Canadian poker pro had played the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown without wearing the PokerStars patch. Those who had observed it speculated that his days with PokerStars are numbered. In fact, PokerStars had already struck off his name from its list of Team PokerStars Pro members.
Duhamel has been a member of Team PokerStars Pro for the past four years, during the course of which he had been extremely successful and achieved a lot. He has earned as much as $13 million playing live poker tournaments, an accomplishment that made him the runner-up in the list of professional poker players from Canada earning huge sums of cash by playing live poker tournaments.
His biggest accomplishment was the WSOP bracelet he won when he emerged as the champion of the WSO 2015 Main Event. In addition, Duhamel has taken part in and finished in the cash in several prestigious live poker tournaments.
He had become the champion of the European Poker Tour (EPT) 2011 Deauville High Roller event. The following year, he became the runner-up of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) 2012 $25,000 buy-in High Roller tournament. He finished in the eighth position while playing the WSOP 2013 $50k Poker Players’ Championship. In 2014, he took part in the PCA Main Event, the Malta leg of the EPT Main Event, and the WPT Fallsview Main Event.
When he was with PokerStars, he published a book that intends to help poker players learn more about strategies and tactics that enhance their chances of winning pots. The book, which is titled “Final Table: A Winning Poker Approach from a WSOP Champion,” was not only noticed, but also became very popular. The book’s title suggests that it is giving readers an opportunity to learn top poker secrets from a talented player who actually won a WSOP Main Event.
In the past, several professional poker players such as Dario Minieri, Angel Guillen, Marcel Luske, and Alex Kravchenko have parted ways with PokerStars.