Michael Phelps eyes World Series of Poker Main Event

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Michael Phelps said he plans to play in the World Series of Poker Main Event in July, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“If everything goes as planned, I’ll play a couple of events and see what happens,” Phelps said, according to the newspaper, adding that he would donate any winnings to his charity, the Michael Phelps Foundation. “Definitely in the future, I’d like to play more and more.”

Phelps has played poker for several years, including at least one World Series event (but not the Main Event) during his previous retirement in 2013.

He is longtime friends with pro Jeff Gross, his former roommate whom Phelps met while at the University of Michigan.

Phelps, Gross and other pros Antonio Esfandiari and Brian Rast are playing a World Series tag-team event in Las Vegas this week. Phelps called it “a chance to add a little more hardware to my collection,” a WSOP bracelet, on the WSOP’s website.

The Main Event is a $10,000 buy-in No-limit Texas Hold ’em tournament that typically includes more than 6,000 entries.

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