Duhamel and Racener to Battle for Place in Poker History


The 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event field has been trimmed from 7,319 players down to just two.

The Penn and Teller Theater in the Rio saw the November Nine battle it out for more than 12 hours on Saturday.  When the dust settled, only Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener were left holding onto chips.  The two will get a well deserved day off before meeting back on the same table on Monday at 8 p.m. PT.

It was an action packed day on the felt.  Soi Nguyen was the first to fall, running his short stack and AK into the Queens of Jason Senti to finish in 9th.  Matthew Jarvis bowed out in 8th after coming up on the short end of the final table’s most exciting hand.   It was Jarvis’ nines against the AQ of Michael Mizrachi, and after the board ran out Q8Q9A, “The Grinder” took down the seesaw pot with a bigger full house.

Senti got it all in with AK against the tens of Joseph Cheong, and even picked up trip kings on the flop, but running straight cards gave Cheong Broadway to send Senti to the payouts desk.  John Dolan couldn’t get anything going at the final table and eventually raced his short stack in a battle of the blinds, his Q5 coming up short to Duhamel’s fours to finish in 6th.

The crowd favorite would be the next to go broke.  Duhamel called from the small blind and Mizrachi checked his option to see a Q54 flop.  A series of raises meant “The Grinder” was all in, his Q8 good for top pair.  But the cagey Duhamel turned over a pair of slow played aces, which held to knockout the November Nine posterboy in 5th.

Italian pro Filippo Candio shoved KQ from the small blind and Cheong looked him up with A3.  Cheong picked up a pair of aces, good enough to down Candio.  Sadly, Cheong couldn’t capitalize and blew up holding A7 against the QQ of Duhamel and had to watch a 95 Million chip pot be pushed towards the Canadian pro.  Cheong shipped his remaining chips unsuccessfully to finish in 3rdplace and set the table for Monday’s heads-up.


  • 3rd         Joseph Cheong                 $4,130,049
  • 4th         Filippo Candio                    $3,092,545
  • 5th         Michael Mizrachi               $2,332,992
  • 6th         John Dolan                          $1,772,959
  • 7th         Jason Senti                        $1,356,720
  • 8th         Matthew Jarvis                 $1,045,743
  • 9th         Soi Nguyen                         $811,823

The stage is set for Canada vs. the US.  PokerStars vs. Full Tilt.  Big stack vs. short stack.  Duhamel and Racener have guaranteed themselves at least a $5,545,955 payday, with the top prize of $8,944,310 and WSOP gold bracelet up for grabs.

The pair will return to the Rio on Monday at 8 p.m. PT, with ESPN airing a two-hour final table episode 23 hours later.  Duhamel holds nearly a 6 to 1 chip lead over Racener.  Who will emerge victorious and grab a spot in poker history?

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