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Bet on the NFL Jonathan Duhamel went from playing cards in his basement to the to top of the poker world in just five years. Duhamel, a 23-year-old University of Montreal finance studies dropout, became the first Canadian to be crowned world champion of the World Series of Poker, winning $8.94 million and a diamond-studded bracelet last Monday.


For sports betting fan to know, Duhamel is a hockey fan and poker book fan.  He first enterred into the international poker scene when he finished 10th at the Season 5 PokerStars European Poker Tour in Prague for nearly $60,000. He dropped out of college in 2008 to play poker, but he doesn’t recommend it to everyone.


Duhamel encourages up and comers to practice a lot, and you do not need a lot of money to have fun in poker. Duhamel said he’s still thinking about what to do with all his winnings, but he’s already gearing up for his next big tournament in the Caribbean in January. His first step when he returns to Canada is to donate $100,000 to the Canadiens Children’s Foundation, but other than that he is unsure what he will be doing with his winnings. He is definitely planning on getting ready for up coming tournaments.


Duhamel is more than happy making a living off of Poker. In fact, during a stop at the Park Hyatt Hotel on Avenue on Friday he mentioned that the first time he ever played poker was when a friend had invited him to join a game, otherwise he never really considered it.


Duhamel, a native of Montreal suburb Boucherville, won the coveted title after 43 hands when his ace and jack held up against his opponent’s king and eight. The tournament began July with 7,319 players each paying $10,000 to enter. The key to winning, as he and many poker stars claim, is to keep your cool.


He believes that practice is necessary, but so is skill and good fortune. Most importantly, Duhamel believes that you cannot let your emotions get in the way of the hand you are dealt.






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