Event #4, the $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em event is now under way. As expected, more and more pros are starting to pop up for the summer.
If you walk through the tournament area you’ll see the likes of Liv Boeree, Matt Jarvis, Dwyte Pilgrim, Mike Matusow, Victor Ramdin, Kathy Leibert and ... Matt Jarvis? Hold on.
There’s the Matt Jarvis we usually know, with his signature white-framed sunglasses and backwards hat. But then there’s someone else in a backwards hat wearing a Vancouver Canucks jersey that reads “Jarvis.”
Are we seeing double? Did Matt Jarvis’ November 9 fame reunite him with a long lost twin? Maybe we should call security and have this faux Jarvis checked out.
As we went up to confront this imposter, we discovered the truth. This wasn’t Matt Jarvis, it was fellow November 9er, Jonathan Duhamel. We knew it was too early for fatigue-induced WSOP hallucinations.
But this only raised further questions. Why would Duhamel, a diehard Montreal Canadiens fan, be wearing a rival team’s jersey, with the name of his former rival?!
We had to get to the bottom of this. “It all happened at Foxwoods,” explained Bernard Lee, the official spokesman of the Foxwoods Poker Room.
Back in February, Lee brought the 2010 November 9 back together for the first ever November 9 reunion tournament. In addition to the nine, there were 27 Foxwoods qualifiers and 3 guest players competing for a $15,000 prize pool.
Since they were both millionaires, Matt Jarvis and Jonathan Duhamel decided they needed to raise the stakes. Money wouldn’t cut it, it had to be something huge.
Both players decided on a last longer bet, the loser would have to wear the winner’s favorite hockey team jersey. At the WSOP. For 3 events. It was on.
Duhamel ended up finishing 5th when his A♣ J♣ lost to qualifier Ben Hopkins’ 5♠ 5♣. Jarvis finished 2nd, but also fell victim to Hopkins.
In that hand, Hopkins’ A♦ Q♣ held up against Jarvis’ K♦ J♦, earning him $5,000 and ultimate bragging rights.
But today, Jarvis seems to be the real winner. Everyone is bothering Duhamel, wondering, asking, speculating as to why he’s dressed the way he is.
As for Duhamel, he just sits there, calmly trying to play poker, draped in an opposing team’s garbs.