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Sports Stars Roberto Luongo and Paul Pierce turn out for 2013 WSOP

Saturday, July 6th, 2013

It’s taken a while, but the sports stars have finally turned out for the 2013 World Series of Poker. Both 10-time NBA All-Star Paul Pierce and two-time NHL Second All-Star Roberto Luongo have descended upon Las Vegas in hopes of winning a gold bracelet for the athletes.

Pierce is particularly notable because he’s already playing in the Event #61 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship. 172 players began this event and 143 are still alive, including Pierce. In fact, the 6’7″ small forward is more than alive since he’s currently 12th in chips with 195,000. Pierce has never cashed in a WSOP event, but judging from the early going, he’s got a solid chance to do so now.

Just last week, the 2008 NBA Finals MVP found out where he’ll be playing basketball next season. His team of 15 seasons, the Boston Celtics, sent Pierce and teammate Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for three first round draft picks and expiring contracts.

As for Luongo, he’s in Las Vegas for the start of the 2013 WSOP Main Event. The 6’3″ goalie will be hoping to continue his success from last year, when he finished 643rd and cashed for $19,227.

At the moment, most people aren’t concerned about Luongo’s poker play, but rather his NHL future. Once a mainstay in the Vancouver Canucks’ net, he was demoted to the number two goalie in favor of Cory Schneider. However, Schneider was injured towards the end of the regular season and had a shaky playoff performance when he did play.

Vancouver then traded Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for the 9th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. After this shocking turn of events, it’s unclear what the Canucks will do with Luongo, who still has nine years left on his 12-year, $64 million deal.

NBA Players in 2011 WSOP

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

While we’ve seen plenty of rappers, rock stars and Hollywood A-listers in past WSOP’s, we haven’t seen a whole lot of NBA stars enter the world’s biggest poker event. However, all of this changed in the 2011 WSOP since two stars in Paul Pierce and Shawn Marion both played in tournaments this year.

Pierce is the big headliner here because he registered in the 2011 WSOP Main Event, and actually managed to survive the first day. The Boston Celtics forward played in Day 1c, which included over 2,100 players, and he was one of the lucky 800 players to move on. In addition to playing some good poker, Pierce also managed to maintain a relaxed attitude at the table. He casually talked to people on the rail, while also keeping a solid focus on the poker action.

During a break from the action, Pierce told reporters, “Solid day. I’ve gotta pick it up if I want to compete. It’s a good first day. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Regardless of who I am in the NBA, I’m everybody’s equal at the table. I’m fair game. You’ve got to be able to play.”

Another star who showed up earlier in the 2011 WSOP was Shawn Marion. Fresh off of winning a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in June, Marion jumped in a $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament. He ended up taking 800th out of 3,389 players, and spoke about his finish by saying, “Tournaments are hard to play. I’m a cash game type of guy. You have to be patient, wait for cards and sometimes you wait for so long, you get antsy.”

It’s no surprise that Marion played in a WSOP event since he’s been making some forays into the poker world. The power forward has been spotted hanging out with Maria Ho and Tiffany Michele recently.