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The Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #9 Jonathan Duhamel

December 28th, 2010 2 comments
Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel's win in the 2010 WSOP Main Event makes him one of the top stories of the year.

Here’s the deal, if you win the World Series of Poker Main Event, you’re going to be one of the top stories of the year.  Years from now, when people begin to recount the championships that players have taken home, people will remember them by who won the Main Event that year.  It’s the tournament that matters most among poker tournaments, and it’s the one that gets the most attention every year.  As such, Jonathan Duhamel gets added to the list as one of the top stories of 2010.

Duhamel came out on top of the second largest main event field in the history of the event.  7,319 players put up $10,000 to play for the title, and he was the only one that avoided elimination long enough to be called champion.  From the hands that I saw him play at the Main Event this year, he wasn’t the most deserving player.  But often times in tournaments, the most deserving player doesn’t win.  That’s the luck factor.  Duhamel made several questionable calls that led to several giant pots being shipped his direction as things just worked out for him time and time again. Read more…

Top 2010 Poker Player Stories – #10 Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates

December 28th, 2010 1 comment
Dan Cates

The "Durrrr Challenge" between Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates and Tom "Durrrr" Dwan had countless players glued to their screens watching cash games on Full Tilt Poker

With the enormity of online poker, it comes as no real surprise that there are new stars born in the game of poker each and every day.  Many people have flocked to the internet to throw virtual cards and chips around a virtual table since Chris Moneymaker used that avenue to earn his way into the World Series of Poker Main Event, and then win the thing in 2003.  But since the internet poker boom, there have been really only a few names that I can think of that have drummed up the level of interest in a single year that we’ve seen from Daniel Cates.

If you were to search the Hendon Mob Database for Cates, you would find just 1 professional live scoe.  Cates finished in 12th place at a $1,500 buy in No Limit Hold’em event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2010, booking $9,085 for the cash.  He has no cashes at the World Series of Poker, no cashes at World Poker Tour Events, and no cashes at the Aussie Millions, the European Poker Tour, or any other major tournament for that matter.  The reason, he’s only 20 years old, and not old enough to play in the big tournaments yet. Read more…