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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There’s nearly nothing Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps can do that we wouldn’t deem newsworthy. Even growing a mustache. Especially growing a mustache like the swimmer he dethroned as greatest-of-all-time, Mark Spitz.
The newly single 18-time gold medalist was spotted poolside in the Bahamas with friends (and a lovely lady) only a couple weeks after New Years, when news broke that he and his girlfriend of about ten months, Megan Rossee, had split.
He was also competing in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, but got knocked out on day two after a solid early showing. So instead, the retired-swimmer-turned-golfer decided it was time to catch some sun and party.
And while we wish we could say that this was Phelps’s most horrendous facial hairstyle to date, we, sadly, cannot.
Michael Phelps may be done with the water, but now he’s going up against the sharks.
The swimming legend is apparently trying his hand at poker (as well as golf) and escaped day one of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, where he was pitted against the likes of top pros Phil Ivey and Mike “the Grinder” Mizrachi.
At one point, Phelps went in with pocket fours against notable pro Dylan Hortin, who was holding pocket kings. Phelps caught his third four on the flop, then bet strongly into Hortin, eventually taking the pot. Hortin busted a few hands later.
He enters day two with around 92,000 in chips, about five times that of “Poker Brat” and thirteen-time World Series of Poker champ Phil Hellmuth.