December 23, 2011
Poker champ says he was beaten during robbery
By QMI Agency
MONTREAL - Poker star Jonathan Duhamel said the two people who broke into his home on Wednesday threatened to kill him before escaping with his mementos.
Duhamel, 24, released a statement Thursday on his website describing the home invasion in more detail.
Two men forced into his suburban home just east of Montreal early Wednesday morning, bound him and beat him, he said.
"(They hit me) in the face and all over my body before leaving my house," Duhamel said. "After they threatened to kill me I gave them everything I had."
He said his injuries were minor.
"I'm black and blue all over," he said, "but no broken bones, no blood clots, nothing to worry about."
Duhamel said the thieves stole his name-engraved, World Series of Poker championship bracelet, which he described as "unique in the world."
A Rolex watch and stacks of 500-euro bills were also stolen, he said.
The attackers are still at large, police spokesman Patrick Barriere said.
Duhamel won $8.9 million at the World Series of Poker in November 2010. He was the first Canadian to win the event.