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PokerStars’ Kevin Hart Targeted in Extortion Plot – Apologizes to Family

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

kevin-hart-extortionJust months after signing a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, comedian Kevin Hart is caught up in an extortion plot. According to TMZ, a woman made a “sexually suggestive video” of Hart and herself in an attempt to extort money.

Here’s an excerpt from the report:

“The person who called Hart’s lawyer did not say what they would answer while hooked up to the polygraph, but said they would only sit for a 6-figure amount – we’re told somewhere around $500,000.”

Hart’s attorney didn’t bit on the extortion attempt, and the comedian offered a public apology to his family and fans.

Here’s part of what Hart said in his apology video:

“And because of that I should make smart decisions. And recently, I didn’t. You know, I’m not perfect. I’m not going to sit up here and say that I am or claim to be in any way shape or form.

“And I made a bad error in judgement and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did.

“And in doing that I know that I’m going to hurt the people closest to me, who’ve I talked to and apologised to, that would be my wife and my kids.

“And I just, you know, it’s a shitty moment. It’s a shitty moment when you know you’re wrong and there’s no excuses for your wrong behavior.

“At the end of the day man, I just simply have got to do better. But I’m also not going to allow a person to have financial gain off of my mistakes and in this particular situation that was what was attempted.”

Hart is Married with Children

Sources haven’t confirmed the woman who tried to extort Hart. But authorities are reportedly close to identifying the suspect.

The woman likely chose Hart because he’s both rich and married.

The famed comedian had 9-year-old Hendrix and 12-year-old Heaven with his ex-wife, Torrei Hart. He and his current wife, Eniko Parrish, are also expecting a child.

Still with PokerStars

PokerStars signed Kevin Hart in April to be one of their ambassadors. He’s since appeared at major poker events and did a “Battle of the Brains” with retired sprinter Usain Bolt.

It’s unclear how long Hart is going to represent PokerStars. But he’s brought a lot of attention to their brand since the spring.

Kevin Hart Signs with PokerStars

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Kevin_HartComedian Kevin Hart drew plenty of looks when he made an appearance at the PokerStars Bahamas Championship in January. And this appears to be a long-term deal since Hart was on hand at the Championship Monte Carlo event.

PokerStars held a press conference for Hart and famed pro Daniel Negreanu in Monte Carlo. And Hart was full of his usual jokes.

“I’ve come here with Daniel Negreanu to tell you that poker just got fun,” Hart said. “I’ll make it fun, and I’ll make poker cool. Daniel, I’ll make you cool. I mean you’re already cool, but I’ll make you real cool. I want to be the Eddie Murphy to your Nick Nolte.”

He added, “I just bulled myself into a partnership with PokerStars.”

Hart’s signing is interesting, given that the world’s largest poker site just parted ways with football stars Ronaldo and Neymar a few weeks ago. And perhaps Hart will do just what he says – make poker “fun” and “cool.”

After all, the game has become highly serious in the last few years. And a big-time comedian like Hart could provide a refreshing break from poker’s quiet, serious tone.

“I’m a big deal,” Hart joked. “I mean a really big deal. When players sit next to me with their headphones on, I wonder how it’s not a big deal for them. And they need to understand that I can’t just let them not talk to me.”

He added, “You will talk to me if you sit at my table.”

Negreanu is excited to have somebody like Hart in the game.

“Kevin sure brings a new presence to the table,” he said. “A new vibe that says you can play a serious game and still have fun. I’ve been following him for a while. He’s not a guy who does things halfway.”

As for Hart’s poker skills, he obviously won’t compete with the world’s top pros. But he’ far from your average beginner.

“I’ve been treating poker like a hobby for the last 10 years. Events like this here bring it to a completely different level,” he said.

“But I’m mixing it up with you big guys now. I’m already so good, I can make Day 2!”

Regardless of whether or not Hart makes it to Day 2 of the Monaco event, it’s at least nice that he’ll bring some extra attention to poker.