Jonathan Duhamel, the professional poker player who emerged as the champion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2011, was attacked in his house at Boucherville in Quebec in Canada on the morning of Wednesday. According to a report published by CyberPresse.ca, Duhamel’s spokesperson Yves Bouchard confirmed that Duhamel was indeed attacked although the police initially failed to identify the victim as the poker pro.
The CyberPresse.ca report states that Duhamel was attacked by two men who barged into his house just before 9:15 a.m. Police spokesperson Mark David said, “We are not talking about kidnapping, but of aggression. He was a victim of assault. He was wounded.”
According to a report published by the Winnipeg Free Press, Duhamel was taken to a hospital and allowed to go home after treatment. Investigators are now trying to find out the reasons for the attack, particularly if one of those reasons could be his WSOP success. Mark David said, “We still have many questions. Why is it that the suspects chose that residence? What was the motive? Did they want this man? Did they want the property?”
The police have not made any arrests so far and the poker pro has refused to make any comments.
Reconstructing the scene, the Longueuil police say that the attackers rang the doorbell of Duhamel’s house and barged in as soon as it opened. The duo assaulted the professional poker player; however, Duhamel could dial 911 once they left, and the police department was quick to respond.
The player sustained minor injuries and had to be taken to the hospital. But he has returned home now and his mother has informed the press that he is fine.
Duhamel made headlines by winning a huge prize of USD8.9 million in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2010 Main Event, being the first professional poker player from Canada to achieve such a victory.
In January last year, he won the European Poker Tour (EPT) high roller poker event, adding a huge sum of $270,000 to his bankroll. Later, a $80k WSOP win made his total winnings cross the $9.7 million mark.
Investigators are now trying to find out the motive behind the attack. Although the police have released a physical description of one of the assaulters, they haven’t revealed minute details such as whether the duo was armed or not. Mark David has assured the public that the investigations are still on.