I am a big fan of the World Series of Poker, so I looked forward to November 9, 2010 when the final table of nine players would play for the coveted prize of $9 million and the WSOP bracelet.
I do not play poker but I love to watch and to play vicariously along with the competitors. The final table this year had several swings of momentum which contributed to the exciting evening. With over 7000 entrants, the last nine had to overcome many of these swings to be seated at the final table.
Jonathan Duhamel, the youngest winner ever of the World Series of Poker at 23 years of age is also the first Canadian to take home the big prize. The average age of the final table was 26.9 years. Only two of these gentlemen were over 30 years of age. Many of these “young guns” get their start in poker by playing online at sites such as PokerStars.net and FullTiltPoker.com where you can play for free or for money.
The final two players were Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener. Racener picked up $5.5 million for his efforts. Each entrant pays $10,000 to play in the World Series of Poker No Limit Texas Hold’em Championship Main Event. Each entrant receives 30,000 poker chips for the buy-in event. The series runs for eight days in July and the final table is delayed until November 6. It is shown for the first time on television on November 9.
None of the final nine players were the professionals we see on other poker sites such as High Stakes Poker and World Poker Tour. They each had their chance at being part of the 7000 beginners, but lost out early in the game. I have my favorites who appear regularly on poker sites. They seldom get far in the WSOP.
The final nine players each won at least $1 million. They are:
9 – Soy Nguyen
8 – Matt Jarvis – from Canada
7 – Jason Senti
6 – John Dolan
5 – Michael Mizrachi
4 – Filipo Candio – from Italy
3 – Joseph Cheong
2 – John Racener
1 – Jonathan Duhamel – from Canada
The World Series of Poker is a life-changing event for each of the nine final players. At such a young age, they have many years ahead of them to become professional gamblers or to take up a career in a different direction. We wish them luck in their future endeavors.
ESPN – World Series of Poker -11/9/2010