The 41st Annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) was held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, from May 28 to July 17, 2010.
The 57-event series concluded with the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em World Championship that kicked off on July 5 with four starting flights. The 7,319-player field was the second biggest at the time with nearly $68.8 million in the prize pool, and the top 747 players finishing in-the-money.
Jonathan Duhamel of Boucherville, Canada, defeated John Racener of Dunedin, Florida, heads-up to collect the $8,944,310 first-place prize and his first WSOP bracelet. Duhamel holds two spots in the 2010 WSOP Main Event Top 5 Hands video on PokerGO . Both hands were key moments on his way to being crowned champion – one saw him in a massive spot three-handed, while the other was the launching pad for him entering the final table as chip leader.
The other three hands in the countdown are three of the most insane beats in WSOP history. Nothing hurts more than having your aces cracked – and for Jean-Robert Bellande of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Joseph Cheong, of La Mirada, California – they both were on the receiving end of these beats. Bellande’s beat was expected when his opponent was dealt pocket kings, but the one that third-place finisher Cheong received was out of left field as fourth-place finisher Filippo Candio of Cagliari, Italy, went to war with suited connectors. The final hand in the countdown included a roller coaster of emotions from both players involved as a different player held the lead on each street before the final table was reduced to seven players
Watch PokerGO’s 2010 WSOP Main Event Top 5 hands now to see where each hand ranks.
About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. All WSOP events are subject to the then-current and applicable WSOP tournament rules. For more information, please visit www.wsop.com.