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Jonathan Duhamel, Poker Champ, Offers Reward Up To $10,000 For Return Of Bracelet, Rolex

12/23/2011 02:28 EST | Updated 02/22/2012 05:12 EST
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LONGUEUIL, Que. - A Canadian poker champion who was badly beaten in a home invasion and robbery this week is offering up to $10,000 to anyone who helps find his assailants or his stolen possessions.

Jonathan Duhamel wants two items he holds dear —his 2010 World Series of Poker championship bracelet and a Rolex Submariner watch.

He announced Friday he'd put up his own money to help get them back.

Both mementoes were taken during a brazen Wednesday morning home invasion and robbery that left Duhamel, 24, badly beaten and briefly hospitalized.

He released an initial statement on Thursday briefly recounting the beating he took at the hands of two assailants. He said his life was threatened and he felt lucky to be alive.

Duhamel's reward offer is conditional on the information provided: $10,000 for arrests and recovery of the items; $5,000 for arrests or recovery of the mementoes; and $2,500 for recovery of one of the two items.

Duhamel said in a statement the offer is a sincere attempt to recoup the two items, both of which have a strong sentimental value.

The bracelet and the watch were engraved with his name and the date of his poker victory.

He also wants people to be on the lookout for "a substantial number" of euros — in denominations of 500 — that were stolen on Wednesday. Such notes are very rare in Quebec.

Duhamel became internationally known in 2010 when he won US$8.9 million in a poker tournament in Las Vegas.

That victory made him a star and he became the first Canadian to capture the Main Event at the World Series of Poker.

Police in the Montreal-area community of Longueuil will be in charge of the reward and it will be paid out at their discretion.