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Clubs in Spades: Golf and Poker in Vilamoura

by Jennifer Mason |  Published: Nov 01, 2010


Both the UK football season and the European Poker Tour’s year happen to start in August. This coincidence felt relevant at the second leg of the EPT in August (Vilamoura, in the Algarve, Portugal) as Teddy Sheringham, one of the UK’s more famous retired footballers with both a stellar career and an MBE, made another deep run to finish fifth and add nearly another six figures to his already respectable tournament record. His stamina seemed to equal or better his very youthful opponents’, as on day four he was spotted enjoying the nightlife at 2 a.m., teeing off at 8 a.m. (more on that shortly) and reclaiming his stack at midday. The whole link between sport and poker is an interesting and oft-debated one, and Sheringham’s not the first to trade up (or down) to competition over cards rather than on pitches, courts, and snooker tables. Many now regular players ...

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