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February 1st, 2019 under Uncategorized


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The truth is, celebrities are no different from us. They enjoy the same sorts of things we do, whether it’s attending a sports game with friends and family or visiting a pub for a couple of drinks. And then of course, there are those who enjoy a bit of a flutter, whether it’s slots games like or casino table games like poker and blackjack.

Although there may be countless of celebrities who enjoy playing casino game anonymously from the comfort of their own home, there are some who enter the spotlight to play in poker tournaments. Here we take at four celebrities who you may not have realised are poker fans.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Probably best known as the host of Only Connect as well as her regular appearances on UK panel shows such as Have I Got New For You, Victoria Coren Mitchell is also an avid poker player. As a poker player, she has made history for several reasons.

Firstly, she became the first female player to win an event on the European Poker Tour as well as the first to win a televised celebrity tournament and televised professional tournament when she won Celebrity Poker Club 2005 and EPT London 2006 respectively.

She has also taken to presenting poker shows including Late Night Poker and The Poker Nations Cup.

Gerard Pique

The World Cup winning defender Gerard Pique is also a fan of poker and has taken part in the World Series of Poker and at events on the European Poker Tour when he can.

The former Manchester United player learned how to play poker from his teammates at Old Trafford. Clearly his time playing with Darren Fletcher, Wes Brown and John O’Shea paid off as his earnings from poker at around $275k. While this may be a minimal amount compared to his salary at Barcelona, it’s not to be sniffed at.

Teddy Sheringham

Gerard Pique isn’t the only football player to play poker, as legendary striker Teddy Sheringham has also dabbled in the casino card game. The former Manchester Untied, Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth striker has competed in several tournaments since his retirement from football in 2008.

At the 2009 edition of the World Series of Poker Main Event he finished in 14th place, earning him a respectable $40k. Three years later and he was again at the World Series of Poker Main Event, this time though, he could only finish 388th, but still won an impressive $28k.

2010 was his best year at the table though, as the former England striker competed at the European Poker Tour Main Event. From a field of 384 entrants, Sheringham managed to reach the final table in Vilamoura. He finished the tournament in fifth place with winnings of €93k, not bad for a casual player.

Stephen Hendry

Continuing with the sports theme, former snooker star Stephen Hendry is a regular on the poker circuit. Hendry, who has the record for being the youngest world champion, and, unlike fellow former snooker players Steve Davis and Jimmy White, he is the only one to still make public poker appearances.

His best results have been in the 2003 No Limit Hold’em celebrity game in which he finished fifth and when he finished 56th in the €1,100 No Limit Hold’em Main Event #5, which was a part of the PokerStars Festival Dublin.


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