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Duhamel, Racener Go Heads-Up for Main Event Glory
French Canadian Jonathan Duhamel has taken a stranglehold on the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event title.
The 23-year-old from Boucherville, Quebec will bring a better than 6:1 chip lead into heads-up with Floridian John Racener in Las Vegas Monday following an exciting 14-hour playdown to the final two.
The 2010 November Nine saw Soi Nguyen run ace-king into Jason Senti's queens to become the first player eliminated at the Rio Saturday.
Then Matt Jarvis exited eighth in a hand that thrust Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi back into contention.
Mizrachi called a Jarvis shove with ace-queen and the Canadian found himself racing for his tournament life with pocket nines.
Two queens on the flop gave Mizrachi trips, but a nine on the turn seemed to save Jarvis, making him a full house.
It was not over, however, and when an ace fell on the river, Mizrachi had a bigger full house and Jarvis was done.
The group went to dinner seven-handed and returned to see Senti bust seventh with ace-king in another cruel hand that saw him flop trips and Joseph Cheong turn pocket tens into a runner-runner straight to beat him.
Then John Dolan ran out of steam pushing Q♦ 5♦ and getting the call from Jonathan Duhamel on pocket fours.
The four's held and just five remained as the final table entered its eleventh hour.
Mizrachi fell from grace next, slipping down the leaderboard before commiting the last of his chips with top-pair queens only to find Duhamel with pocket aces.
Italian Filippo Candio was out soon after shoving king-queen into Joseph Cheong's ace-three and failing to improve after an ace on the flop.
Three-handed, Cheong six-bet shoved ace-seven offsuit into Duhamel's queens and missed, handing the French Canadian the largest pot in WSOP history and a massive chip lead.
Cheong said goodbye third soon after and Duhamel will bring 188,950,000 in chips to Racener's 30,750,000 when heads-up play begins Monday night at 8 p.m. PT in Las Vegas with the 2010 WSOP Main Event title on the line.
First place is worth $8,944,138 while $5,545,855 is reserved for second.
Check the site Sunday for a few words from the planned Duhamel and Racener press conference and tune into Pokerlistings WSOP Live Updates Monday at 8 to catch all the heads up action until a 2010 WSOP Main Event winner is crowned.