By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Senior Writer
On a night that began with the induction of Erik Seidel and Dan Harrington as the two newest members of the Poker Hall of Fame, the champion of the 2010 WSOP Main Event was finally crowned. The heads-up battle between Canadian Jonathan Duhamel and John Racener lasted a total of 43 hands. When it was all over Duhamel became the 2010 WSOP Main Event champion. He earned $8,944,310 and a shiny new bracelet for his efforts. Racener had to settle for a paltry $5,545,955 for his runner-up finish.
Duhamel started heads-up play with a 6:1 chip lead over Racener. With blinds at 600k/1.2 million Racener had only 26 big blinds so he had to make something happen early. In the first several hands Duhamel raised almost every button while Racener opted to limp most of his buttons.
After a quick feeling out process Racener found himself down to 18 million when he called the open shove of Duhamel on just the 12th hand of heads-up play. Duhamel showed the K4 and Racener tabled QQ. The board didn't improve either hand and Racener doubled-up to 37 million. Unfortunately for Racener, that proved to be the last major pot he would win.
Duhamel kept the pressure on and grinded down Racener to 15 million before the 43rd and last hand of heads-up play. Duhamel shoved for the 4th time in 5 hands with AJ and was called by Racener's K8. The board ran out 4-4-9-6-5 and it was all over! Racener tried his best but he just wasn't able to overcome the huge chip disadvantage.
Congratulations to the new World Champion, Jonathan Duhamel.
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