Just a few short weeks after winning $8,944,310 in the 2010 Main Event at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, poker pro Jonathan Duhamel was robbed in his Boucherville, Quebec home by three men in a plot that was the brainchild of his ex-girlfriend Bianca Rojas-Latraverse.
The date was December 21, 2010. Duhamel was awakened from his sleep by a knocking on the door. Under the assumption it was a delivery, he opened the door to find two armed men standing in the doorway.
According to police reports, the two men, Anthony Bourque and John Stephen Clark Lemay, forced their way into the house while a third man, Andres Valderrama, waited outside in a car as the getaway driver. Once in the house, the two robbers tied Duhamel up with ropes and began beating his for his safe combination. After securing the contents of the safe, the robbers had easy access to a clean getaway.
After freeing himself from the ropes, Duhamel contacted the police department and was able to provide a description of the three men. He later found out that his ex-girlfriend was an accomplice who told the robbers where they would find the safe. Taken from the safe was Duhamel's WSOP gold bracelet, a Rolex watch and more than $150,000 in cash.
After a short investigation, the police were able to identify all parties involved in the robbery. His ex and the other three men were arrested within two weeks in possession of some of the stolen goods. Approximately half of the amount stolen was eventually recovered by the police. Prior to the first trial date, Ms. Rojas-LaTraverse was involved in a brutal fight in her jail cell. Due to injuries, the trial was postponed for a week.
By the time the new trial date was reached, Ms. Roxas-LaTraverse had entered into a plea agreement that called for her to plead guilty to robbery in exchange for a sentence of 3 1/2 years with the possibility of parole. The other three men were eventually convicted of the crime and are currently serving their sentences in a Canadian prison.
After winning the WSOP and surviving the robbery, Duhamel went on to win the High Roller Event at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in Deauville in early 2011. At the time, the approximately $9,000,000 he won at the World Series of Poker was largest first place prize ever awarded in a live poker tournament.