Jonathan Duhamel, 2010 WSOP champion, is leading two of 2012’s player of the year races after a stellar start to his 2012 tourney tour. Duhamel leads the Bluff Magazine POY Race as well as the PokerNews/Global Poker Index (GPI) POY Race. He sits in fifth place in Card Player Magazine’s POY Race.
In the Bluff rankings, Duhamel holds a 32-point lead over Oliver Speidel, 2012 Aussie Millions champion, with John Dibella in third, Ruben Visser in fourth, and Faraz Jaka in fifth. Phil Ivey currently holds the Bluff sixth place spot.
In the GPI leaderboard, Duhamel has a massive lead over second place Jason Koon, who Duhamel leads by almost 200 points. Third place in the GPI rankings is Ruben Visser, second is Sam Chartier, and third is Faraz Jaka.
Duhamel has won his ground with a first place win in the 2012 PCA $5K NLH (winning $239K+), a second place finish in the 2012 PCA $25K NLH High Roller event (winning $634K+), a fourth place finish in the 2012 PCA $100K Super High Roller event (with a $313K+ payout), fifth place in the 2012 PCA $5K NLH 8-Max Turbo (winning nearly $18K), and an eighth place finish in the EPT Deauville €2k NLH tourney.
And to further sweeten Duhamel’s week, his stolen 2010 WSOP bracelet was found last week after a street sweeper picked it up in Montreal after cleaning the Ville-Marie tunnel. The mangled bracelet was discovered by an employee of the street sweeping company in a residue dumpster where trash from the streets accumulates.
The bracelet was stolen last December when his home was broken into. His ex-girlfriend Bianca Rojas-Latraverse awaits trial on charges of breaking and entering, assault, armed robbery, and conspiracy. She is the alleged culprit who stole the bracelet. Now that the bracelet has been found, hopefully a guilty verdict will be handed down.