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$8.9M for playing (and winning) poker!

November 11, 2010

“I try my best to try to be the best; if I do something, I want to do it 100%” is what the recent poker champ (World Series of Poker’s Main Event) from Canada said. He is Jonathan Duhamel and he is 23 years old…Congratulations! 3 Poker chips

 So how does $8.9 million stack up? That’s also: 

  • $3.8 million more than the $5.1 million average salary of NBA players for the 2010-11 season, the highest average player salary in U.S. pro sports.
  • More than three times the average Major League Baseball salary of $2.9 million for 2010.
  • More than the $6.5 million salary of three-time Super Bowl – winning quarterback Tom Brady of the New England Patriots before he signed a four-year extension in September worth $72 million, including $48.5 million guaranteed.
  • football fieldMore than the guaranteed money paid to the NFL’s No. 1 draft picks the last two years, according to Forbes. St Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, the league’s No. 1 pick this year, takes home $8.3 million a year. Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford, the first pick in 2009, gets $6.9 million.

I’m clearly in the wrong profession but I do play a mean game of 500 (similar to Hearts) and used to be a marathoner until my knees gave out. Oh to be 23 years old again. I extend an invitation to you, Jonathan Duhamel (and all the rest of you that are not clients yet), to become a client of GAI (www.gunwel.com) as we can help you with your financial needs…and, maybe,  play some poker between clients. Give us a call at 212-979-6830 or stop by for a visit. See you soon!

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