Despite holding a 6:1 chip lead over John Racener heading into Monday night's heads-up match for the 2010 WSOP Main Event title, Jonathan Duhamel isn't counting his chickens before they've hatched.
"It's going to be tough," the 23-year-old French Canadian said on the off-day Sunday.
"It's far from over. There's a lot of poker to be played. Obviously I dont want to double him up, but it's not going to be easy. He's a tough player and it's far from over. I'm just going to try to play my best, make no mistakes and hopefully get the money in with the best hand and try to hold."
Depite being just 24-years-old himself, Racener is an experienced poker player both online and live, knows anything can happen heads-up and isn't ready to give up just yet.
"I'm just going to go in there and be patient and play my game," the Port Richey, Florida native said. "I have like 20 big blinds which is comfortable for me. My goal is to get to like 50 or 60 million and I think we could play a good match and I can make a run at champion."
But when the call to shuffle up and deal is made at around 8 p.m. PT Monday inside the Rio's Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas, Racener will be facing a 188 million to 30 million chip defecit and an opponent who believes winning isn't everything, it's the only thing.
"Obviously winning is the only option for me now," said Duhamel. "I'm not going to be happy losing. With the chip lead I have I want to win and I'm going to do everything I can to win it."
Just a double up away from contending again and another double up from taking the lead, while he's already guaranteed at least $5,545,855 in second place money, Racener can still dream about the $8,944,138 set aside for first and what it would be like to win the 2010 Main Event title.
"I'll probably be standing on the table holding the money going crazy with my family and friends just yelling with excitement and enjoying it," he said.
But he'll first have to get past a player who has the same dream and the stack to make it come true.
"To be the champion would be a dream come true for me," said Duhamel. "When you start playing poker its always a dream to play in the Main Event and when you play it for the first time you want to win it obviously. To be there right now is crazy. It's an amazing feeling. I just want to finish the job and I'll be the happiest guy on earth that's for sure."
To catch all the action from the heads-up match to decide the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion, tune into PokerListings WSOP Live Updates beginning at 8 p.m. PT Monday.
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