It’s Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener!
Las Vegas, NV (November 7, 2010) — It’s taken four months, two days, and seven hours to reach poker’s ultimate showdown.
The two final green-felt gladiators in the quest to become the undisputed 2010 Wold Poker Champion are:
SEAT 1: Jonathan Duhamel (Boucherville, Quebec) — 188,950,000 in chips
SEAT 2: John Racener (Port Richey, FL) — 30,750,000 in chips
Third-place finisher Joseph Cheong, from San Diego, CA collected $4,130,049 in prize money — a nice consolation prize, but a painful exit nonetheless from what was close to a nearly insurmountable chip lead at one point in at the final table.
The fourth-place finisher was Filippo Candio, from Sardinia, Italy. As the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event Championship final table, Candio proudly collected $3,092,545.
The fifth-place finisher was Michael “the Grinder” Mizrachi, from Miami, FL. Undisputedly the most famous and most accomplished of the final nine, Mizrachi suffered a blistering final hour when he went from chip leader to the rail, losing every key late hand of importance. Mizrachi took some consolation in his payout, which amounted to $2332,992 in prize money.
The sixth-place finisher was John Dolan, from Bonita Springs, FL. He ran card dead at the worst possible time, hopelessly falling victim to a bad run of cards in the later stages of play. Dolan busted out when his bluff failed. Nonetheless, he managed to scoop a monster-sized check from his initial $10,000 investment. Dolan received $1,772,969 in prize money.
The seventh-place finisher was Jason Senti, from St. Louis Park, MN. He began final table play with the shortest stack, but moved two spots up the money ladder. Senti collected $1,356,720.
The eighth-place finisher was Matthew Jarvis, who took a terrible beat en route to a disappointing end result. Jarvis was the victim of one of several astounding final table hands which resulted in a cyclone of emotional twists and turns and ultimately, chip lead changes. Jarvis received $1,045,743 in prize money.
The ninth-place finisher was Soi Nguyen, from Santa Ana, CA. The only amateur player among the final nine, Nguyen collected $811,823 in prize money — an incredible accomplishment considering this was his first time to cash in a major poker tournament.
The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home a staggering $8,944,310 in prize money. He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker — the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.
So, who will become the 2010 world poker champion?