WSOP Champ Duhamel Wows Macau Crowd

Jonathan Duhamel
2010 WSOP Main Event champ Jonathan Duhamel.

2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel caused quite a stir in his first trip to the Chinese gambling Mecca of Macau this week.

The champ was one of 182 players who took a seat on Day 1C of the 2011 Macau Millions at the PokerStars Macau poker room inside the Casino Grand Lisboa Wednesday and appeared to enjoy himself throroughly.

"It's my first time to Macau and I'm having a great time." said Duhamel.

Despite being his first time in China, Duhamel was recognized by fans and players alike.

"I was curious how many local players would recognize Jonathan." said PokerStars Macau Marketing Manager Fred Leung.

"I greeted him at the poker room and it literally took all of 10 seconds before fans were asking for photos with the champ. Jonathan's a great guy with tremendous talent and no ego.

"He's going to be a great ambassador for the game and a fantastic addition to Team PokerStars. It was an honor to have him as part of our historic journey this week."

A bounty consisting of an autographed jacket from the new PokerStars Macau collection was put on Duhamel's head and collected when one lucky player beat the champ in a classic coin flip.

PokerStars sponsored player Justin Chan watched it all go down.

"(Duhamel) played a loose-aggressive style that I'm trying to incorporate into my game." said Chan. "He's a very good player. It was definitely exciting to play a world champ and you could tell the other players on the table were enjoying it and wanted to do well against him."

With seven starting days, the HKD $1,500,000 Guaranteed event is attempting to become the first tournament in Asia to break the 1,000-entrants mark.

A total of 412 players have registered so far putting the event on pace to comfortably break last year`s record of 741.

Day 1D will go off Thursday and the HKD $2,200 event will run through April 10.

HKD $2,200

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