Jon Duhamel: 'I'm a Better Person Than I was Two Years Ago'

Published on 14 October 2013 by Pokerlistings 320

Jonathan Duhamel has had a wild ride since getting into poker. He won the WSOP Main Event in 2010 for almost $9 million and since then has won millions more. But it hasn't been all highs for the French Canadian. Two years ago he was the victim of a brutal home invasion. Unshaken, Duhamel returned to the poker tournament circuit and continued racking up results. Now another French Canadian, Marc McLaughlin, is at the WSOP Main Event final table and Duhamel is cheering him on.

Yeah, I just came back from EPT London. I've been there for like a little more than a week. It was a lot of fun, a lot of us...a lot of Canadian were there. A lot of good scores were made. A pretty good buddy of mine, Jason Lavallee, just won the high roller over there, so it was pretty good for almost half a million dollars. It was a lot of fun. We partied all night after that obviously, and now we're here in Paris for the World Series of Poker Europe, so a lot of fun.

Yeah, poker right now in Quebec is just getting bigger and bigger. A lot of people just play all the time. We have some big tournaments, and a lot of people are doing good scores in the international scene. We look at the Marc Etienne McLaughlin who's going to do the November Nine in November. I mean that's pretty amazing. If he wins, hopefully, it would be two French Canadians winning in only three years or four years so that would be something pretty special. We wish him all the best and it's just nice to see a lot of those Quebecers [SP], as we say, having some great results in the international scene.

Yeah, I guess if I could help I mean poker in Quebec getting bigger and bigger in the past few years. It's a good thing. I'm happy for that. Again, we see a lot of very good scores from those people from Quebec. The tournaments over there are getting bigger, people are playing a lot. So if in some ways I helped that, I'm happy. My goal is always to just go out there and have some fun, play poker, and try to do well. But if in some ways I could contribute to poker getting bigger in Quebec, well, I guess it's a good thing.

It's tough to say what's a big difference between, say, Quebec and the rest of Canada or Europe and stuff like that. I think poker players in Quebec are really close to each other, like a small family if you want. People are going to travel together, try to exchange strategies and stuff like that. Just talk about poker and stuff, and so I really...we're wishing all the best to the other guys all the time. And it's always like something very special when one of us is going to make a big final table, so obviously right now I think Marc again on the final table is something very special. And all of Quebec is really cheering for him and wishing him all the best.

Yeah, it's always...a lot of things Yeah, for myself, yeah there was a lot of ups, lots of downs. Winning the main event in 2010 completely changed my life for just everything. Everything is different now, but just the fact to travel a lot, have fun doing what you do, for me that's what's important. So I like the traveling, and I still have that passion for playing poker so that's what matters to me. There's always going to be some ups and downs in life no matter if you're famous or not, so you just have to deal with it and find a way to just move on no matter what happens. So I think it's just important...for me, what I think, is try to improve yourself, try to be a better person, and try to learn from what happens to you. And yeah, that's what I did, and I'm just having fun traveling, yeah enjoying life.

Don't have any regrets at all. Some things happen, everything happens for a reason I guess. And what happened to me two years ago, I learned a lot from that. I think I'm way better person than I was two years ago now. So things happen, sometimes you don't know what to expect and why it happens, stuff like that. But as long as you learn from it, you become a better person. That's all that matters.