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Sport stars who are also professional poker players

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Poker is a game of skill, not luck. It is a favorite casino game of millions around the globe. Celebrities, athletes, and even businessmen love this game and play video poker games online. Today, we are going to reveal top athletes who are excellent in playing poker and who actually won big time. Without further ado, let’s begin.

Gerard Piqué

Gerard Piqué is a defender in Barcelona and one of the most popular football players in the world. He won World Cup, he has winnings in the Champion league and so much more. But, he is also a professional poker player.

Piqué won over $668.155 playing poker only. As we have mentioned earlier, he plays for Barcelona, but in the same city, the European Poker Tour is held. In 2017 he won an impressive $150.400. The biggest poker winning was $391.000 when he finished the tournament as the second.

Richard Seymour

Richard Seymour had a long career in the NFL. As a matter of fact, his career lasted 12 years. Most of the years he played for New England Patriots. During the career, he won Superbowl 3 times and also Pro Bowl 7 times!

After an NFL career, he started playing poker. Usually, he plays high-stake matches in Europe and the United States. His winnings in poker only are over $577.000. Recently he was ranked as 131st player in WSOP Main Event and he reached Day 5. In that event, he won $60.000.

Fatima Moreira De Melo

Fatima Moreira De Melo was a Dutch field hockey athlete who participated in Olympics as well. After her sports career was ended, she started playing poker and was sponsored by Poker Stars. Her winnings in poker only are over $550.000. She prefers live tournaments and she won the biggest part of the money playing this type of poker only.

One of her most notable events occurred back in 2015 when she was ranked 286th in the prestigious Main Event. Back then, she won $34.000.

Audley Harrison

Audley Harrison was a popular and well-known boxer. Probably the most important winning was Summer Olympics, in 2000 when he won the gold medal. He participated in the super heavyweight class.

In 2007 he became a professional poker player and won $76.895 while playing at Bellagio III. Back in 2019 he won $90.298 while participating in a Venetian event. He finished as 3rd in this event. In his entire poker career, he won $259.430.

Shane Warne

Shane Warne was a professional cricket player. His career lasted between 1992 and 2007. His best score was 99 and this happened in the 94-95 season. There is no need to mention his other winnings and achievements. There are many of them.

After 2007 he started playing poker. In 2010 while participating in the Victoria Poker Championship he won an impressive $35.000 and was 3rd ranked poker player here. In his poker career, Shane won over $137.000.

Boris Becker

Boris Becker was one of the best tennis players in the world. He became a professional player when he was 17 years old and by the age 18, he won Wimbledon and Tennis World Young Masters. In 1999 he retired. In his career, he won over $25 million and won 6 Grand Slam titles.

After his tennis career, he became a good poker player. He was also popular thanks to Poker Stars and was sponsored frequently. In 2009, he played Diamond World Poker Championship and won $40.000. Boris was 40th player at the event. His total poker winnings are $111.416.

Orel Hershiser

Orel Hershiser is an All Star (3 times) athlete who was active between 1983 and 2000. The best season for the athlete was 1988 when he got 59 scoreless innings, consecutive! As such, he was a better player than the famous Don Drysdale.

In 2000 Orel retired and started looking for a new game to play. That game became poker. He even became a Poker Star ambassador. Back in 2008, he won the 5th place playing the game at NBC National. Then, he won $75.000. During his poker career, he won over $98.600.

Martin Kampmann

Martin Kampmann is an MMA fighter known as Hitman. He is one of the most successful MMA fighters in the world. His country of origin is Denmark. Martin Kampmann was trained by Jason Somerville to play poker like a pro. He won Nevada Poker Challenge and earned $52.740. The buy-in for this match was $1.000. It occurred in 2014.

There is no need to add that martin is a professional poker player who is well-known for winning various matches and defeating even more experienced poker stars.

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima

Ronaldo Luis Nazario de Lima is simply known as Ronaldo and he is one of the best-known professional soccer players in the world. He is retired now. During his career, he was known as the ultimate player and was one of the most expensive footballers in the world. He scored 200 goals by the time he reached 23 years of age, which is impressive. Other achievements include Golden Boot (for season 1996-1997) and 2 world cups.

One he retired, he started playing poker thanks to his friend, André Akkari. Ronaldo is also popular as a part of PokerStars. In 2015 in the Caribbean Adventure event, he won $42.000. Overall, he won $45.700 playing poker in his career.

Tony Cascarino

Tony Cascarino was a professional footballer. In his career, he won the World Cup 2 times and also won countless other prizes and achievements. He was a very special player who was known for his great game, various capabilities and so much more.

Like all other athletes from our list, he needed another career once he stopped playing football. The career he chose was poker. The most important winning and the event where he participated occurred at Grosvenor UK Poker Tour Grand Final. After the event, he continued playing poker regularly. Today he is a semi-professional poker master with odds of becoming a professional player.


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