Posts Tagged ‘Zlatan Ibrahimovic PokerStars’

Neymar wins $20k in Online Poker

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

neymar-online-pokerNeymar definitely seems like one superstar athlete who’s interested in poker beyond just securing a PokerStars deal. The FC Barcelona star recently won €17,810 (approx. $20k) while playing an online poker cash game.

As SBNation pointed out, if you look closely, you can see that this isn’t just any $20,000 win, but rather a royal flush hand as well. Considering this, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the 23-year-old to continue his online poker play.

Of course, if Neymar does keep playing, it will be purely for his own enjoyment. After all, the star Brazilian footballer makes €12 million with FC Barcelona alone, and his endorsement deals are estimated to be worth around $31 million per year.

The one question that’s up in the air is how much his PokerStars contract is worth. As we reported before, Stars offered Zlatan Ibrahimovic €3-4 million per year to represent them in some tournaments and promotions. The Swedish footballer ultimately said no, but the point is that given how Neymar is more recognized around the world, we can only imagine that he commands an even larger fee.

In any case, this $20k pot story is likely to draw some mainstream attention to poker, which is exactly one of the benefits to having somebody like Neymar involved with the game.

The World Series of Poker has drawn its fair share of celebrities over the years, like Ray Ramano, Paul Pierce, Jason Alexander and Brad Garrett. However, Stars has been able to recruit more celebrities with an international presence in recent years, like Neymar, Rafael Nadal and Ronaldo. Assuming they get into the U.S. market, it’d be interesting to see what kind of American athletes they can sign to their team.

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.