Duhamel made his fourth final table of this year's PCA in the $25k High Roller today in Atlantis and will come into the final day second in chips with 1.54 million.
Duhamel trails chip leader Jason Koon by just over 100k in chips, as Koon snuck into the lead on the very last hand of the night when he scooped a 360k pot.
Coming off a horrible Christmas that saw him attacked and robbed in his own home, Duhamel has rebounded in style with over $500k in cashes already and a chance for a whole lot more.
First-place in the $25k High Roller pays $1.13 million.
Haxton Heads Multinational Cast
The rest of the final table chasing the million+ is an interesting mix of veteran pros from around in the world.
Chip leader Koon is a veteran pro in his own right with over $400k in career live earnings and over $2.4 won online.
Third in chips coming into the final tomorrow is Chilean Nicholas Fierro with 1.18 million.
Known as the “PokerKaiser” online, Fierro has over $3.3 million in online earnings to go with around $770k in cashes from live events.
Fourth is Russian Leonid Bilokur, with about $350k in career earnings, who will enter the final table with 1.1 million in chips.
Entering fifth is veteran pro Isaac Haxton.
With 762,00 in chips, Haxton still has plenty of room to make a move and the experience to pull it off.
He also has a history of success at the PCA, finishing second to Ryan Daut in the 2008 Main Event for $800k.
Rounding out the final eight are Dutchman Govert Metaal with 545,000 in chips, 2012 Player to Watch Michael Telker with 397,000 and PokerStars Team Online pro Randy Lew, who is the short stack on 197,000 in chips.
Metaal finished fifth in the 2011 PCA High Roller, Telker came second in a $2k side event this year and Lew is coming off a win at APPT Macau at the end of last year.
Yunis, McDonald are Bubble Boys
Busting out in ninth to miss the final table was Nick Yunis, who still took home a nice $79,770 for a seat he won in a last-minute satellite after busting out with his forst buy-in.
Players to make the money but fall short of the final table included 2011 WSOPE Main Event champ Elio Fox (16th - $58,020), businessman Bill Perkins (15th - $58,020), veteran pro Matt Marafioti (11th - $72520) and Norwegian high-stakes crusher Terje Augdal (10th - $79,770).
Virtually every player to bust out in the high roller today was a big name but some of the more prominent were Andrew Lichtenberger, Sam Stein, Chino Rheem, Galen Hall, JP Kelly, Barry Greenstein and Jennifer Harman.
Mike ‘Timex” McDonald was the cash bubble boy, busting out in 17th.
Final Table Streaming Live Tomorrow
Players looking to watch the action live can check it out on PokerStars.tv starting at 2 pm (EST).
Here are their chip stacks and seat positions:
- Seat 1 Isaac Haxton 762,000
- Seat 2 Leonid Bilokur 1,139,000
- Seat 3 Randy Lew 197,000
- Seat 4 Jonathan Duhamel 1,530,000
- Seat 5 Nicholas Fierro 1,181,000
- Seat 6 Jason Koon 1,646,000
- Seat 7 Michael Telker 397,000
- Seat 8 Govert Metaal 545,000