The 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel has become embroiled in a tax dispute with the federal tax authorities. If the court passes a verdict against the player, he will have to pay $ 900,000 in taxes, but this amount could double to approximately $ 1,800,000.
Canadian federal tax authorities believes that Duhamel’s poker career is a professional one and he has behaved like a businessman. Since 2008, poker has been his only source of income. Also, the player spent 40-50 hours a week at the poker tables, and sometimes at the same time at eight tables online. While playing at the 2010 WSOP, he hedged risks by selling shares in expensive poker tournaments, namely half of the prize money from winning the 2010 WSOP he gave to backers. In November 2010, Duhamel joined the Pokerstars team and received $ 1,000,000 under a contract for a year (of which $ 480,000 in cash and $ 520,000 in tournament buy-ins and travel expenses).
Of course, Jonathan Duhamel claims that he was not a professional poker player, and all his achievements are just luck. According to Duhamel, his massive $ 8,900,000 win at the 2010 WSOP is the result of chance. According to the player, he never received any special training in poker. His WSOP win brought him fame, and Pokerstars used his like a pro player image for marketing purposes to attract more visitors.