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  • Half of Money Taken From Duhamel Recovered by Canadian Police

    Sunday, February 5th, 2012 by Ryan

The story behind Jonathan Duhamel’s home invasion has been swirling around the poker world lately, and after it occurred, Duhamel turned into a force on the live poker tournament scene. He was taking down big cash after big cash to start 2012, which was a nice story all around. Fortunately, we have probably just as good of a story here about Duhamel, as it was reported this past weekend that the Longueuil Police Department recovered around half of the money that was taken from the professional poker player during the robbery just before Christmas in 2011. The home invasion occurred on the 21st to be exact, and the robbers forced Duhamel to open his home safe and took around $115k, a Rolex that was given to him by PokerStars, and his 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event gold bracelet.

What made this story about the money being recovered even more interesting, is where exactly the money was found. There was an anonymous tip given to the Canadian police that led them to a mailbox in town, which had around half of the money sitting in an envelope. Another question that many people asked is how the police knew that the money which was found belonged to Duhamel. The answer to this question comes in the fact that a good amount of the money that was stolen came in large denomination Euros, which typically isn’t found often in North America. It seems that the second half of the money and the gold bracelet are still missing, but the Rolex and now the remainder of the money have been given back to Duhamel.

All four people who were involved in the crime, Anthony Bourque, Andre-Robert Perron, John Clark, and Bianca Rojas-Latraverse have all been arrested and charged with a few different things. Rojas-Latraverse is actually Duhamel’s ex-girlfriend, which would explain a lot about the situation one could assume. Both Rojas-Latraverse and Clark didn’t do much to help themselves during their hearings, as Rojas-Latraverse stated that she didn’t actually have a home residence, and that she was a professional poker player. Clark on the other hand stated that he would not drink alcohol while awaiting trial if he “had to”, but “wouldn’t like to”. Both of them were denied any bail, and are to remain in jail until their court date comes up on the 21st of this month.

As we previously mentioned, Duhamel was making a killing on the poker tables while all of these trials were going on. He pulled in four final table finishes at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in early January, and in total his winnings for the month would up being a little over $1.2 million. Duhamel is definitely a name to watch out for in 2012, as his play seems to be clicking on all cylinders right now.

We’ll keep you updated on both of the situations here, both the question of whether or not Duhamel will get his World Series of Poker gold bracelet back, and also if they will find the remainder of his money at any point. On top of that though, we are just as interested (if not more) in seeing how Duhamel does through the upcoming months of 2012, but if it is anything like the first one then he could be in for one excellent year!




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