November 9th, 2010
09:39 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people


Jonathan Duhamel

The 23-year-old from Boucherville, Quebec, won the 43rd World Series of Poker on Monday, raking in more than $8.9 million in prize money.

"It's a dream come true right now. It's like the most beautiful day of my life," he said, according to a report from Canada’s CTV.

Duhamel outlasted 7,318 other entrants, the second-largest ever field in the tournament, which began July 5. Duhamel paid a $10,000 buy-in to get into the field.

Floridian John Racener finished second, collecting $5,545,955 in prize money.

Duhamel is the first Canadian to win the championship. The former college finance major learned poker by reading books and playing online, sometimes betting as little as 2 cents a hand, according to a CTV report. Monday’s victory was his biggest by far.

"I love playing poker so much, so I mean I'm going to be playing all those big tournaments and try to make other big scores," CTV quoted him as saying. "I'll be there next year in the World Series and try to do my best again."

The final was played at the Penn and Teller Theater at the Rio in Las Vegas, Nevada. It can be seen on ESPN tonight at 10 p.m. ET.

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist

The lame-duck governor has only eight weeks left in office, but he may try to make a bit of rock ‘n’ roll history during that time.

A spokesman for Crist tells Florida Today that the governor is considering granting a posthumous pardon to legendary Doors singer Jim Morrison for an indecent exposure conviction the rocker got after a Miami concert in 1969.

"The Jim Morrison pardon is an issue he has been asked about repeatedly and … it is something he is certainly willing to look at," spokesman Sterling Ivey said.

Morrison, a native of Melbourne, Florida, and a Florida State University alumnus, never served time for the conviction. He died in France in 1971.

Crist estranged Republicans in Florida when he broke with the party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent in this month’s election.

Any actions he takes in the final weeks of his term face overrides in the GOP-dominated Legislature, according to Florida Today.

Azmi Bishara

The former member of Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, may lose his pension if a bill being considered by his former legislative colleagues becomes law.

Bishara faced trial in Israel in 2007 after police said he was suspected of passing information to Hezbollah in 2006. But he fled Israel before the trial could begin, according to a report in Haaretz.

Because he has not been tried, he’s still presumed innocent under Israeli law and therefore entitled to the $53,200 pension benefit due when he resigned his seat in the Knesset, Israeli courts ruled.

The bill now before the Knesset would deny the benefit to members who do not appear at criminal trials. It passed its first reading before the Knesset House Committee. It must pass second and third readings before becoming law.

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  1. Upset tummy

    For Crist sake! Lol... Morrison really? Don't we have bigger fish to fry? Well I guess that's why he was voted out. What a legacy!

    November 9, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Spellcheck

      Christ is spelled with an H.I agree with you on the lame story.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • aksd

      @ spellcheck... uh, it was a play on words. He spelled it Crist on purpose... as in Charlie Crist. Helllllo, McFly. lol

      November 9, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • hmm

      It's not uncommon for lawmakers on the way out the door to write up zany legislation. I remember one about requiring paper napkins be available at all bar-b-que restaurants. Ofcourse it didn't pass. It was the humor.

      I suppose it is okay for governors on the way out the door to do similar things.

      November 9, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr Whipple

    It's about damned time! You know how long I've been slumming around France waiting for that BS conviction to get over turned so I can come home? Man, FINALLY I can re-unite with the guys and start our first tour in 4O years. Looking forward to hitting the casino tour. Hope we're good enough to play in Atlantic City. Looking forward to hooking up with the granddaughters of our groupies from back in the day. Will be nice to leave this flat. Elvis was always eating all the Twinkies and believe it or not he's put on quite a bit of weight.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. paul

    In related news, the US government was once again the big winner at the WSOP final racking up 40% of all winnings.

    November 9, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Bluewrist

      Duhamel is Canadian, he pays no tax and he can apply for any tax the U.S. withholds to be returned. There are even agencies in Vegas that help him to do that.

      November 9, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brian

    I like how they have the name of the winner in a huge font at the top of the page...and then below it it's all "WSOP SPOILER ALERT!" like they didn't just spoil who the winner was.


    November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. phoenix

    these knucklehead gamblers better sell most of their wares to the poor or the fires of hell await them. some goldiggers will get them anyway

    November 9, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • JH1

      These "knucklehead gamblers" are a hell of a lot smarter than the average person posting on this board. They're also not gamblers FYI.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Sell their wares to the poor? That doesn't sound very christian-like. I mean, I suppose if they give the poor a bit of a discount, but realistically how can you get someone's income info in that sort of situation? How can you tell if the customer isn't really a rich guy in shabby clothes looking for the "poor rate"?
      Also, what sort of "wares" do the knucklehead gamblers have? They don't manufacture or create anything. They just get cash. So are you saying they should sell their cash to the poor? How does that work? Do you sell a dollar for more or less than $1? If it's more, that knucklehead might make some money. But who would by a dollar for $1.50? Just because they're poor, doesn't mean they're stupid. And if that knucklehead is going to sell his dollar for $.75, wouldn't it make more sense to just give the poor guy a quarter?

      I'm sure your statement is well founded and intelligent. Perhaps you should explain it a little better for those of us who are not so enlightened as yourself. You have the secret to avoiding the fires of hell, and we want to know them!

      November 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. canadian

    would not the first canadian to have won been daniel negraneau who has won four times or is it my fact checking that is horrible ?

    November 9, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • pokerupfront

      The World Series of Poker consists of many events (40+). Negraneau has won bracelets at the world series, but never the $10,000 buy in No Limit Hold'em event, otherwise known as the Main Event. So yeah, your fact checking was sorta bad.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • pokerupfront

      Although the article was also poorly (and technically incorrectly) worded.

      November 9, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • canadian

      thanks for clearing that up for me , thanx

      November 9, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  7. gman

    my question, is WHO CARES?

    November 9, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      Why you reading the story and making a useless post if you don't care? Are you just bored or...........jealous?

      November 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • KirillNovo

      A lot of people, given ESPN's solid ratings for poker.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beckz

      if u dont care why are u posting..or is it that u felt left out cuz u have nothing interesting to post?

      November 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wil Christman

    thanks for letting us know who won the WSOP, now I don't have to listen to Norman Chad to find who won.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cesar

    Paul is right. IRS gets 40%.

    November 9, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MikeB

    The IRS gets 40%? I thought the top rate was 36%. By the way, back in the 1950's the top rate was 91%.

    November 10, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Beckz

      40% of all winnings?? dayum, that puts alittle dent in the winners' wallets...i actually didn't realize the wsop winnings were taxed. (though i'm not

      November 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |