Many a times finding a celebrity whether it is a film actor or a famous sports athlete in a place where it is not imaginable makes us wonder and feel excited. Finding such celebrities around a poker table at casinos is also a motivation to other poker players and showing a sportsmanship spirit in all games.
Many of such world famous sportsmen play poker either as a hobby, or to pass time and relieve their stress or they have that passion for poker games and also to win it. These bigger sports stars deal with big online poker brands and have made their name and fame in this field too.
Let us take a look at some famous sports stars who have showed their gaming passion at the poker tables and have won big deals.
Jan Vang Sørensen
Sørensen was a Danish footballer who retired early due to injury but found a competitive outlet in the form of poker and has never looked back. He’s got over $2 million in lifetime earnings on the tournament circuit, two WSOP bracelets, and a $800,000 cash for his win at the 2008 Masters Classics of Poker tournament.
Teddy Sheringham is another former footballer who’s had plenty of poker success, winning nearly $300,000 in tournaments since he started playing regularly in 2005.
This footballer won nearly $600,000 on the tournament circuit with much of it ($283,412) coming from his win in a UK Grosvenor Poker Tour event.
Shane Warne the famous cricketer joined 888.com brand poker in January 2008 and is a regular at the sponsored events, such as the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific and World Series of Poker Europe. He can also be found playing poker in Las Vegas where his partner Elizabeth Hurley often accompanies him. Warne has close to $50k in live tournament earnings, his biggest success to date was in 2010 when he finished third in the Victorian Poker Championship in Melbourne for $35,899.
The youngest man to ever win a Wimbledon title is also the longest-serving member of Team Poker Stars Sport. Boris Becker joined PokerStars in 2007, and can be found playing frequently in live tournaments around Europe.
Becker has close to $100,000 in live tournament earnings, and his biggest cash to date occurred back in 2009 when he finished in 40th place in the WPT Championships in Las Vegas for $40,855.
Currently the biggest name in sport connected to poker, Nadal joined Team PokerStars Sport during his convalescence from a knee injury that saw him miss seven months of his career during 2012/13. Whilst Nadal has not yet featured in a live tournament he can still be found online at PokerStars, where he won his first competition at the turn of the year in a €10 freeze-out tournament, for a €15,200 first prize.
The Brazilian footballer Ronaldo is a three-time World Footballer of the Year, two-time European Footballer of the Year, two-time World Cup winner and all time World Cup finals top goal-scorer. Poker is extremely popular in South America and Brazil in particular. Ronaldo created a sports and entertainment agency known as 9ine leading to his interest in Poker.
Canadian Georges St-Pierre is the Ultimate Fighting Champion Welterweight Champion, who signed an initial one-year deal with 888.com in April 2012 representing the brand at the WSOP in Las Vegas. He is one of numerous UFC fighters who have competed on the felt – including Chuck Liddell, Mick Swick and Forrest Griffin. St-Pierre has yet to cash in a live tournament event, but we don’t suggest you mention it to him.
Alex Rodriguez could certainly benefit from playing online at Bovada Poker. Not only would A-Rod be anonymous, he’d also avoid getting into trouble at those sketchy high-stakes underground games. Back in 2011, Star magazine did a piece on some of the games Rodriguez played in which he did not liked.
He did his poker right, starting in 2006 with the low-limit cash tables at the Red Rock in Summerlin, Nev. Two years later, Hershiser played in the World Series of Poker main event, and even reached the quarterfinals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.
WSOP main event featured Paul Pierce in 2014. He participated in the 2012 Main Event and played the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship last year before getting himself back in action again.