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Rafael Nadal To Play First Live Poker Event

Tennis Great To Leave Internet And Play In Real Life


Tennis star Rafael Nadal reportedly will enter his first live poker tournament next month.

According to Agence France-Presse, Nadal will play in a charity tournament in Prague on Dec. 12. The event is part of the European Poker Tour stop there.

“Rafa will play against some of the biggest names on the international professional poker circuit, along with other sporting legends, who will be announced over the coming weeks,” PokerStars reportedly said.

“I have been playing poker online for almost 18 months and now I`m looking forward to the challenge of playing my first live tournament,” Nadal said in a statement.

He added: “It’s no secret that I love the competition and that`s what I like about poker. It’s a game of skill that requires mental strength and the ability to out-think your opponents and in that way there are similarities to tennis.”

Nadal has a poker coach and reportedly has been making massive improvements.

He joined PokerStars in June 2012.

The 27-year-old is the number one tennis player in the world right now.

In 2012, fellow PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu said that Nadal would likely play in the 2013 World Series of Poker, but that didn’t end up happening.

However, maybe the live event in the Czech Republic will increase the chances for 2014.



8 years ago

Unless he's injured or retired at the time, there is zero chance Rafa will ever play in the WSOP.