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Neymar Jr Finishes 6th at BSOP High Roller

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Neymar Jr. is coming off a semi-disappointing World Cup finish, where Brazil bowed out in the quarterfinals. But the legendary footballer is using poker to relax in the aftermath.

He recently participated in the Brazilian Series of Poker (BSOP) San Paulo High Roller, which featured a R$7,000 (US$1,850) buy-in. The event drew 288 players, with none bigger than the Paris Saint-Germain striker.

Neymar has been playing poker off and on for years. And his experienced showed as he finished 6th place and collected a R$79,440 ($21,470) payout. This is a special event for Neymar, because it’s the first time that he’s ever cashed in a live poker tournament.

How the Final Table Played Out for Neymar

Neymar Jr. battled through the 288-player field to make the nine-player final table. This put him in a strange situation, because he was also supposed to be the best man at a friend’s wedding.

neymar-pokerstarsThe other BSOP Sao Paulo High Roller final table participants agreed that action could be suspended for a day so that Neymar could attend his friend’s wedding.

When action resumed the following day, the 26-year-old survived a few players. But Neymar ultimately busted out in sixth place.

This paved the way for Affif Prado to win the tourney along with a R$317,800 ($85,825) top prize. Prado managed to exceed his previous largest cash, which was a runner-up effort in the $3k High Roller Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Uruguay for $43,380.

Prado commented on his victory and what it means to play with Neymar afterward:

“It was great to see him play, both for the illustrious person that he is and for the passion he has for the game. It was cool to see him making plays, because he studies, he watches, and to see the interest of a person like Neymar Jr. for this game is very gratifying. Not to mention the boom this has generated today, this is sure to reflect even more for poker.”

Neymar Had a Great Time at the BSOP High Roller

After signing a sponsorship deal with PokerStars, Neymar has been pretty active in the live tournament scene. And it appears that the BSOP Sao Paulo event is one of his favorite tourneys so far.

“It was great to take part in the final table with great players, and was a new and exciting experience,” said Neymar. “I think, for example, about Affif who I had already studied on Youtube. It was an honor to sit next to him.”

He later added, “I do not consider myself just a poker player but a poker lover and I want to improve as a player. The more I play, the more I fall in love. I want to be stronger and stronger.”

BSOP Sao Paulo High Roller Final Table Results

1. Affif Prado – $85,709
2. Oscar Alache – $67,423
3. Daniel Croce – $44,729
4. Bruno Marino – $36,085
5. Wender Oliveira – $28,307
6. Neymar Jr – $21,470
7. Alejandro Lopez – $15,737
8. Eyal Benshimon – $11,562
9. Lucas Tabarin – $9,588

Neymar Too Young to advertise PokerStars in UK

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

pokerstars-dream-teamPokerStars has rolled out an interesting ad campaign called “The Dream Team,” which revolves around freerolls and using Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Ronaldo Nazari to advertise the promo. However, when it comes to the UK, Neymar will have to be left out of the ad because he’s too young.

According to the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC), “No one who is, or seems to be, under 25 years old may be featured gambling or playing a significant role.”

Given that Neymar is just 23, he definitely falls outside the legal age range for being featured in The Dream Team promo. Interestingly enough, 18-year-olds can both gamble and drink alcohol in the UK. Oh well, at least the Brazilian footballer recently won $20k thanks to a royal flush.

Because Neymar is too young for this campaign, Daniel Negreanu will step in and take his place. This doesn’t really make sense from a soccer (football) perspective, but if you’re going to find somebody from poker’s dream team, Negreanu would definitely be a top choice.

As for the actual promotion, it lets players participate in freerolls named after each of the dream teamers. Players will compete for cash in these freerolls, and one lucky person from each tourney will be given a golden ticket that enters them into the PokerStars Dream Team Collection Freeroll Final. Taking place on September 18th, this freeroll will award the winner a massive $1 million prize and a signed jersey from one of the soccer stars.

Going back to Neymar, he’ll no doubt continue to be featured in many future PokerStars ad campaigns. After all, he does have a huge social media following with 53.5 million Facebook likes, 30.3 million Instagram followers and 19.5 million Twitter followers.

Neymar signs with PokerStars – What will his Impact be?

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

neymar-pokerstarsWorld-famous football star Neymar signed a deal to represent PokerStars, ending weeks of speculation on the matter. Neymar will join his Brazilian countryman and retired footballer Ronaldo along with tennis champ Rafael Nadal on Team SportStars.

Signing the 23-year-old definitely seems like a good move on PokerStars’ part. After all, Neymar is young enough to connect with a youthful fan base, and he actually enjoys playing the game too. His impact will really be felt through his social media following, with 51.2 million Facebook followers and 18 million Twitter subscribers.

Stars is really trying to hit the social media world hard, as their recent forays into the live-streaming site Twitch indicate. So it’s only natural that they would add a famed athlete who has almost 70 million collective social media followers.

Amaya Chairman and CEO David Baazov spoke about the mass appeal that Neymar will have on their brand with the following statement:

“Neymar Jr is a young and extremely charismatic megastar who loves interacting with fans on social media, is comfortable on camera and loves the game of poker. And as a superstar with one of the world’s most famous football clubs and football nations, his appeal is global. This partnership is a great opportunity to market the game of poker across the globe and attract new fans.”

What’s interesting is that Stars made an attempt at signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to a sponsorship deal worth €3-4 million a year. The Swedish footballer said no, but they actually landed a more-famous and better fit for their brand in Neymar. Now, this isn’t to say that the sponsorship buck stops on the FC Barcelona forward – there’s always the chance that they could sign Cristiano Ronaldo too. But it’s pretty clear that PokerStars already has made an expensive, but great move by adding Neymar.

Should We read into Cristiano Ronaldo Poker Pic?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

cristianao-ronaldo-pokerIt seems like poker has caught football fever in recent months, or maybe it’s just all the rumors surrounding which mega-footballer PokerStars has their sights on. Their deal to lure Zlatan Ibrahimovic for €3-4 million failed, and stories immediately sparked up over PokerStars possibly signing Neymar. This has yet to happen, but now there’s talk of Stars adding Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo to their pro roster.

Still quite possibly the greatest footballer in the world, Ronaldo has also been known to play the occasional poker game or two. After he scored a hat trick against Sevilla, the 30-year-old instagrammed a picture of himself playing poker to celebrate. And I do have to say, I much prefer this pic over the underwear ad starring himself that’s currently on Ronaldo’s Instagram. With 17 million followers – enough to make Dan “King of Instagram” Bilzerian look like a mere court jester – we can be fairly certain that many people saw Ronaldo playing poker.

The one thing that really stands out about this picture is that the chips are from the PokerStars VIP store. Draw your own conclusions here…he plans on signing with them…he wants a deal with them…or he simply got the chips by playing at Stars? Whatever the case may be, it’s not out of line to wonder if Stars would sign the Portuguese legend.

If they did, it might get kind of crowded with Ronaldos since the retired Brazilian football star of the same name is already on Team SportStars. But it’s a good bet that if the price was right, PokerStars would happily add another Ronaldo to promote their brand. After all, they were willing to give Ibrahimovic up to €4 million per year, and he definitely has less star power than Cristiano.

PokerStars could be eyeing Neymar

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

neymar-pokerstarsPokerStars is apparently good at dealing with rejection because, not long after Zlatan Ibrahimovic turned down their sponsorship deal, they’re rumored to be going after Neymar.

This union was already suggested by multiple poker news outlets – including ThePokerPractice – when the story of Ibrahmovic turning down a €4 million deal surfaced. So it’s little surprise that PokerDoc is reporting that PokerStars and Neymar are in discussions. Here’s a bit from their story:

The information came to Pokerdoc through a source who was recently playing a home game in the house of Neymar own. She said negotiations for hiring the playmaker of the Brazilian team are well advanced and, therefore, the announcement may come out soon.

Okay, so yeah, the ol’ somebody-who-plays-in-their-home-game report isn’t always the most-reliable source. But it also isn’t the craziest thing in the world to think that Neymar could be considering a poker sponsorship deal – especially since he’s put pictures of his home game on Instagram before. Additionally, it’s obvious that Stars is willing to spend money on an elite footballer, given that there’s confirmation of their pursuit of Sweden’s Ibrahimovic.

The report goes on to claim that if the 23-year-old Brazilian does sign with PokerStars, he would be playing in at least three live tournaments every year, including EPT Monte Carlo. PokerStars Brazil has yet to confirm the report, and they merely stated that their discussions with Neymar are just a rumor at this point.

Even still, I can only fantasize about what Neymar could bring to the table regarding boosting poker’s image. He’s young, likes the game and has some of his best football years ahead of him. So if PokerStars does indeed sign him to a deal, it would not only be big for them, but also the rest of the poker world.