PokerStars continues to lay off the team pro members this year again after discontinuing the sponsorship deal with over 7 players in 2014 including 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Cada. One more WSOP ME champion faces the heat of this lay-off by Amaya owned online poker company.
Jonathan Duhamel, Canadian poker pro and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion, is parting ways from PokerStars as a member of the Team PokerStars Pro. The largest online poker cardroom in the world has decided not to share any details about Duhamel’s contractual agreements and the reasons that led to this suspension.
Duhamel was a member of Team PokerStars Pro since January 2011. The rumors about the termination of this sponsorship deal between PokerStars and Duhamel started earlier this month when the 27-year-old player from Boucherville, Quebec, showed up at the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown not wearing the usual PokerStars patch. While he was a member of the Team PokerStars Pro, Duhamel published a poker strategy book titled Final Table: A Winning Poker Approach from a WSOP Champion, in which he wrote about his story at the WSOP to highlight the game’s rational and logical side, and to allow readers to figure out whether they have the characteristics that might allow them to win on a regular basis. Now, Duhamel not appears on the list of the Team PokerStars Pro members published on the room’s website
According to HendonMob, Duhamel currently sits second on Canada’s all-time money list, with live tournament earnings for $12,786,360. Apart from his victory of the 2010 WSOP Main Event, Duhamel’s other notable career wins include a first-place finish at the 2011 EPT Deauville High Roller for €200,000, a second-place finish in the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller for $634,550, and an eighth-place finish in the 2013 WSOP $50,000 Poker Players’ Championship for $207,630.
In 2015, Duhamel has already accumulated live tournament winnings of more than $170,000, and the credit goes to his first-place finish in a $5,300 side event at the 2015 PCA, plus cashes in the PCA Main Event, WPT Fallsview Main Event, EPT Malta Main Event, and at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.