2010 WSOP Main Event Champion beaten in home invasion
On the Weds before Christmas, 2010 World Series of Poker champion Jonathan Duhamel was the victim of a home invasion, that saw him beaten and valuables including his gold WSOP championship bracelet stolen. The 24-year-old French Canadian was robbed in his Montreal home and his injuries required treatment at a local hospital. An ex-Douhamel girlfriend and three others have been arrested for the burglary.
Douhamel became the first Canadian to win the WSOP main event as the last man standing and taking down the $8.9 million dollar first prize and the world famous gold and diamond bracelet. Douhamel is just the latest of recent WSOP Main Event winners that have not been smiled on by the poker Gods.
In 2008, Peter Eastgate of Denmark won the WSOP Main Event to become the first Dane to win the championship. At the time, he was the youngest champion ever supplanting Phil Hellmuth for that honor. Eastgate made a valient attempt to defend his title lasting into Day Six before finally getting knocked out in 78th place. Reportedly unable to deal with the pressure an notoriety of his win, Eastgate went on hiatus from poker in June of 2010.
2007 winner Jerry Yang has also vanished from the scene. All but $13,000 of his live tournament earnings are the $8.25 million dollar first prize he took home as the Main Event champion. The Laotian born father of six has a Master’s Degree in Health Psychology and was last reported working as a social worker and therapist.
Television producer and talent agent Jamie Gold won a whopping $12 million by outlasting a record 8,772 other entrants in the 2006 event. he was immediately sued by a man claiming that Gold had agreed to split the winnings. The case went to court and the judge froze $6 million dollars of the purse pending a decision. Gold and the man eventually reached an out-of-court settlement for an undisclosed sum, reportedly a third or around $4 million.
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Joe Hachem was the first Aussie to win the Main Event when he won the 2005 edition. Hachem had been a chiropractor for 13 years before suffering a rare bood disorder that affected the blood vessels in his hands. At the main table, a group of fellow Australians provided moral support from the audience, chanting “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!”. Things haven’t gone as well for Hachem at home where he has been the subject of a number of death threats. Hachem has moved his family to a new location and keeps a relatively low profile.
Greg “Fossilman” Raymer was walking through the halls of The Bellagio after playing in a highstakes cash game when he was set upon by two gun wielding muggers. The near 300 pond 2004 winner was able to hold off the punks before police arrived at the scene.
In 2003, an unknown accountant from Tennessee parlayed a $39 entry in an online poker tournament into the 2003 Main Event World Championship and $2.5 million dollars. Chris Moneymaker is generally credited as a major factor into the subsequent poker boom. Moneymaker lost half his earnings in a divorece settlement just months later.
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