Quebec’s Johnathan Duhamel Nominated in 2nd Annual American Poker Awards

Quebec’s Johnathan Duhamel Nominated in 2nd Annual American Poker Awards

Is there any hotter poker player in the world than Quebec’s own Johnathan Duhamel right now? The 2010 Word Series of Poker winner won a multitude of tournaments in 2015 and is now bringing in the New Year in with a nomination in the 2nd Annual American Poker Awards.

Nominated in the Tournament Performance of the Year category for his spectacular win in the 2015 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller, Duhamel bagged nearly $4million in prize money for that tournament alone. He similarly won big in the European High Roller No-Limit Hold’em in October of last year.

It’s not just skill that makes Duhamel excel at the game though; it’s his true love of the game that sets him apart from his competitors. While some champions have become jaded from playing so many games, the 28-year-old still gets excited about poker. Then there’s the fact that, unlike some players, Duhamel wants to compete against the best of the best, “I love to play against the best,” he said, “I love the challenge that brings.”

It’s not been all winning and fun for the poker star though. Back in 2011 Duhamel hit the headlines for the wrong reasons when he was a victim of a vicious robbery that left him badly beaten. The robbers stole nearly $150,000 in cash, his World Series Poker winner’s bracelet and a Rolex watch. Perhaps the most shocking part of the story was the fact that his ex-girlfriend Bianca Rojas-Latraverse was a part of the plot. Rojas-Latraverse, who pleaded guilty to the robbery charge, claimed that she took part in the crime, along with four other criminals, as an act of revenge against the poker player. She became a suspect within a week of the crime after Duhamel himself suggested her part since the criminals appeared to have insider knowledge of his home. She was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Of course, this incident is well behind the talented award nominee. The awards ceremony itself, which will take place at the SLS Hotel in Beverley Hills, California on February 25th of this year, will see Duhamel nominated against four other great players, including Joe McKeehen, making it a tough category to win but Duhamel is certainly worthy of the prize.

Regardless of whether or not Johnathan Duhamel wins his award, it’s clear that his love of poker and drive to play against the best means that this player will continue to bring glory home to Quebec in 2016.

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