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WSOP Main Event Champion Victim of Home Invasion

2010 WSOP Main event champion Jonathan Duhamel was the victim of a recent robbery and home invasion near Montreal, with his WSOP bracelet stolen and injuries incurred that sent him briefly to the hospital.

Two men forced their way into Duhamel's home last week and tied him up and ransacked his house, roughing him up with blows to the face and head before making off with the gold bracelet given to all WSOP winners and an undisclosed amount of cash. Duhamel received only minor injuries and was quickly released from the hospital.

Duhamel won $8.9 million for his win the 2010 WSOP Main Event, signing a lucrative sponsorship deal shortly after with online poker site PokerStars. He was the first Canadian to win the Main Event and has since notched several other big cashes at the tournament tables, including a win in a high roller event on the European Poker Tour in 2011.

Duhamel isn't the first Main Event champion to become the target of robbers due to his riches and fame, as 2004 champion Greg Raymer was the subject of an attempted armed robbery outside his hotel room at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in 2005; he managed to fight off the would-be robbers who fled without the $150,000 Raymer claimed to be carrying.

The WSOP Main Event is the headline tournament for the poker world each year, drawing fields of thousands of players who each pay $10,000 to enter and take a shot at a huge payday of $8 million to $9 million going to the winner.

The Main Event is just one of nearly 60 poker tournaments that make up the World Series of Poker that is held in June and July of Las Vegas each year, drawing tens of thousands of poker players from around the world who descend on Las Vegas trying to chase down riches and poker glory.

24-Dec-2011, 07:25

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