November Nine: Duhamel Bests Racener to Become First Canadian Champ

By the time John Racener came back from the first and only break of heads-up play at the WSOP Main Event final table, he was running out of time. It only took seven hands before John Racener made his stand, after giving up five of the last six pots to his big-stacked opponent before calling a shove from Jonathan Duhamel with K8. He was drawing live against Duhamel’s AJ, but he needed help in order to survive. The 944 flop was no help to Racener and Duhamel started to pace with excitement once the 6 hit on the turn. When the 5 fell on the river, ensuring a Duhamel victory, he ran into a pile of supporters in Montreal Canadiens jerseys and tumbled to the floor.

“So crazy. I didn’t want to see any Kings or Eights or any diamonds at all. Even with the flop there was backdoor diamonds,’ said Duhamel. “My heart was beating so fast, it was crazy.”

Racener, meanwhile, could only let out a sigh and settle for second. He took a moment at the table to gather his thoughts before joining his fans and preparing for a round of interviews and photos. Racener earned $5,545,955 for his runner-up showing. Duhamel pocketed $8,944,310 for the first place showing and became the first Canadian in history to win the World Series of Poker Main Event. The 23 year-old is the third young pro in a row to take down the Main Event, continuing the trend of youth prevailing on poker’s biggest stage.

“When I won it was just incredible. I still can’t believe what is happening. Maybe I’ll realize it in a couple of days, not right now, but in a couple of days I’ll realize it,” said the new champion, who plans to donate $100,000 to a Montreal are childrens charity.

Here are the complete final table payouts from the WSOP Main Event:

1st: Jonathan Duhamel – $8,944,310
2nd: John Racener – $5,545,955
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 -$1,357,720
8th: Matthew Jarvis – $1,045,743
9th: Soi Nguyen – $811,823

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