Jonathan Duhamel
Duhamel at the final table of the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event
ResidenceBoucherville, Quebec, Canada
Born (1987-08-24) August 24, 1987 (age 36)
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s)3
Final table(s)8
Money finish(es)26
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
Winner, 2010
World Poker Tour
Title(s)None
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)3
European Poker Tour
Title(s)None
Final table(s)None
Money finish(es)2
Information accurate as of 30 June 2015.

Jonathan Duhamel (born August 24, 1987) is a Canadian poker professional from Boucherville, Quebec, best known as the winner of the Main Event at the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP). He has won three WSOP bracelets in his career.

Poker career

Jonathan Duhamel started playing poker with his high school friends during the Moneymaker boom. He later attended the Université du Québec in Montreal, studying business administration and finance. However, he did not graduate, preferring to focus on his professional poker career.[1]

Duhamel defeated fellow poker professional John Racener heads-up to secure the 2010 Main Event title, earning $8,944,310 and becoming the first Canadian player to capture the Main Event bracelet.[2][3][4]

A fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Duhamel elected to donate $100,000 of his winnings to the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation, which is the largest individual donation ever made to the organization, after his win.[5]

In January 2011, Duhamel won the High Roller Event at the European Poker Tour (EPT) Deauville for €200,000 ($272,209).[6] Later that year, he cashed twice at the 2011 World Series of Poker for over $40,000 in earnings.[7]

Between January 2011 and April 2015, Duhamel was a member of Team PokerStars Pro.

In January 2012, Duhamel made four final tables at the PokerStars Caribbean Poker Adventure. He finished fourth in the Super High Roller Event after his elimination by the winner of the event, Viktor Blom. Duhamel won $313,600 for his performance.[8] Duhamel made another final table in the turbo event, finishing fifth. Then, he finished first in a side event and won $239,830. Finally, Duhamel finished second in the High Roller Event and won $634,550.[9]

On March 23, 2013, Duhamel finished in third place to win $125,000 at Premier League Poker VI in London.[10]

In June 2015, Duhamel defeated Bill Klein heads-up to win the $111,111 buy-in WSOP High Roller for One Drop for $3,989,985 and his second WSOP bracelet. In October 2015, he won the $25,600 No Limit Hold'em High Roller at the World Series of Poker Europe for $628,815 and his third WSOP bracelet.[11]

As of March 2021, Duhamel's live tournament winnings exceed $18,000,000, nearly half of which comes from his $8.9 million first place prize at the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.[11] As such, he is in the top 50 on Hendon Mob's all time money list and in the top 5 of the Canadian all time money list.

As of November 2021, Duhamel has no longer plays professionally, although he continues to play poker occasionally on a recreational level.[12]

World Series of Poker bracelets

Year Tournament Prize (US$)
2010 $10,000 No Limit Hold'em World Championship $8,944,310
2015 $111,111 High Roller for One Drop $3,989,985
2015E €25,600 High Roller No-Limit Hold’em €554,395

An "E" following a year denotes bracelet(s) won at the World Series of Poker Europe

Robbery

Duhamel was badly beaten in a home invasion robbery in December 2011. Duhamel's Main Event bracelet, a Rolex watch, and $150,000 in cash were stolen. Anthony Bourque and John Stephen Clark Lemay, who carried out the actual robbery and Andres Valderrama, the getaway driver were also arrested.[13] Police have since recovered approximately half of the cash stolen.[14]

Income tax case

Unlike in the United States, gambling winnings are generally not considered taxable income in Canada, however the Canada Revenue Agency has taken the position that poker earnings can be taxable if they constitute income derived from the conduct of business, which from the CRA's point of view has included playing the game on a professional basis. Based on this position, the CRA re-assessed Duhamel's income tax returns from 2010, 2011 and 2012 and demanded Duhamel remit millions of dollars in what it claimed to be unpaid taxes. Duhamel objected, leading to litigation in the Tax Court of Canada over whether his poker winnings were taxable income. The case was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but eventually adjudicated in June 2022. [15]

As Duhamel (via a corporation he owned and controlled) had already declared and paid taxes on income derived from sources such as his sponsorship agreement with PokerStars, the only issue before the court was whether Duhamel's net earnings from the WSOP Main Event and subsequent events, which he considered to be non-taxable gambling winnings, legally constituted business income for 2010, 2011 and 2012. The CRA's reassessment the taxpayer's 2010, 2011 and 2012 taxation years included the taxpayer's net winnings from the poker tournaments in which he participated during these taxation years, on the basis that the taxpayer was carrying on a business through his poker gambling activities.

The court upheld Duhamel's appeal, finding that on a balance of probabilities the taxpayer's poker gambling activities were not carried on in a sufficiently commercial manner to constitute a source of income from a business for the purposes of the Income Tax Act, and ordered the CRA to exclude net gains from these activities in determining Duhamel's income.

Notes

  1. ^ "Jonathan Duhamel's Life: Net Worth, Biggest Profits, Losses and Private Life". Somuchpoker.com. January 28, 2021.
  2. ^ Levinson, Mason; Matuszewski, Erik (November 9, 2010). "Canada's Duhamel Wins World Series of Poker, $8.9 Million Prize". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  3. ^ PokerStarsblog.com: Jonathan Duhamel captures Canada's first championship Archived November 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Peters, Donnie (November 9, 2010). "2010 World Series of Poker: Jonathan Duhamel Wins 2010 WSOP Main Event!". PokerNews.com. Retrieved November 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Duhamel Speaks Out on WSOP Main Event Win". November 10, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  6. ^ "€ 10,000 High Roller No Limit Hold'em". TheHendonMob.com. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "WSOP 2011 Money List". The Hendon Mob. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  8. ^ "2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Day 3: Viktor Blom Hoists His First Trophy". January 7, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "High Roller - 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure - PokerNews". www.pokernews.com. January 14, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  10. ^ "Dan Shak wins Premier League Poker VI". March 24, 2013.
  11. ^ a b "Jonathan Duhamel's profile on The Hendon Mob". The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
  12. ^ Brousseau-Pouliot, Vincent (November 2, 2021). "Jonathan Duhamel dit avoir arrêté de jouer au poker " avant de tout perdre "". La Presse.
  13. ^ Blatchford, Andy (December 30, 2011). "Poker champ describes home invasion, beating: I thought it was a delivery man". The Canadian Press. winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved December 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "Police recover half of poker champ's stolen money". CTV News. February 1, 2012. Archived from the original on May 27, 2023.
  15. ^ "Tax Court of Canada 2018-1782(IT)G Duhamel c La Reine (in French)". June 22, 2022.