Jonathan Duhamel was on top of the world in November 2010 when he won the coveted world champion title in the game of poker. A year later, he had continued to prove himself worthy of that title by piling up his winnings and participating in a long list of poker tournaments around the world. Then this past Christmas he became the victim of a robbery and assault, allegedly by an ex-girlfriend. But rather than let that bad luck get him down, he came back stronger than ever at the January PokerStars Caribbean Adventure by claiming over a million dollars in under two weeks across four well-played events: fourth place in the $100k Super High Roller event, fifth in the $5k NLHE turbo event, first in the $5 NLHE event, and second in the $25k high roller.
Not only has Duhamel successfully defended his right to claim the world poker championship title, but he proved to himself and all of Canada that he has the strength and determination to persevere even when the going gets tough. In the last ten years, few WSOP Main Event champs have managed to consistently hold onto their elite status and fail to win as often as one would expect a champion to do. Despite having won the title just fourteen months ago, Duhamel has already caught up with or surpassed the accomplishments of four of the last five winners, himself not included. If he continues at this rate, he may well prove to be the most successful poker champion Canada or the world has ever seen.