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Duel in the Desert: Duhamel and Racener to Battle for 2010 World Championship

It's Jonathan Duhamel vs. John Racener!

Note: Press Conference with final two players is scheduled for the Rio Masquerade Stage, starting on Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Las Vegas, NV (November 7, 2010) -- It’s taken four months, two days, and seven hours to reach poker’s ultimate showdown.
The two final green-felt gladiators in the quest to become the undisputed 2010 Wold Poker Champion are:

SEAT 1: Jonathan Duhamel (Boucherville, Quebec) -- 188,950,000 in chips

SEAT 2: John Racener (Port Richey, FL) -- 30,750,000 in chips

The crescendo of the November Nine reached its near-final furious finale when Jonathan Duhamel eliminated Joseph Cheong on what turned out to be the final hand of Final Table -- Day One. The last hand was dealt at 1:49 am on Sunday AM. The long 13-hour session included the elimination of seven players, leaving only Duhamel and Racener to compete in a heads-up duel for the world title.

Third-place finisher Joseph Cheong, from San Diego, CA collected $4,130,049 in prize money -- a nice consolation prize, but a painful exit nonetheless from what was close to a nearly insurmountable chip lead at one point in at the final table.

The fourth-place finisher was Filippo Candio, from Sardinia, Italy. As the first Italian player ever to make it to the Main Event Championship final table, Candio proudly collected $3,092,545.

The fifth-place finisher was Michael "the Grinder" Mizrachi, from Miami, FL. Undisputedly the most famous and most accomplished of the final nine, Mizrachi suffered a blistering final hour when he went from chip leader to the rail, losing every key late hand of importance. Mizrachi took some consolation in his payout, which amounted to $2332,992 in prize money.

The sixth-place finisher was John Dolan, from Bonita Springs, FL. He ran card dead at the worst possible time, hopelessly falling victim to a bad run of cards in the later stages of play. Dolan busted out when his bluff failed. Nonetheless, he managed to scoop a monster-sized check from his initial $10,000 investment. Dolan received $1,772,969 in prize money.

The seventh-place finisher was Jason Senti, from St. Louis Park, MN. He began final table play with the shortest stack, but moved two spots up the money ladder. Senti collected $1,356,720.

The eighth-place finisher was Matthew Jarvis, who took a terrible beat en route to a disappointing end result. Jarvis was the victim of one of several astounding final table hands which resulted in a cyclone of emotional twists and turns and ultimately, chip lead changes. Jarvis received $1,045,743 in prize money.

The ninth-place finisher was Soi Nguyen, from Santa Ana, CA. The only amateur player among the final nine, Nguyen collected $811,823 in prize money -- an incredible accomplishment considering this was his first time to cash in a major poker tournament.

The final duel of the Main Event is set to begin on Monday night. Heads-up play will resume November 8th at 8 pm PST, when the final two survivors will play down to a winner. Coverage of the final table will air in a two-hour telecast on Tuesday at 10 pm ET on ESPN.

The winner of this year’s WSOP Main Event, the second largest in the 40-year history of the WSOP with 7,319 entrants, will take home a staggering $8,944,310 in prize money. He will also be presented with the most coveted achievement in all of poker -- the World Series of Poker Main Event Championship gold bracelet.

So, who will become the 2010 world poker champion? Keep it here at WSOP.COM for all the latest news, chip counts, and photos from the grand finale to find out.

Be sure to tune in to ESPN’s telecast on Tuesday at 10 PM EST, to see how it all unfolded.

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