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Two Former NFL Standouts Compete In The 2016 World Series Of Poker Main Event

Antoine Winfield, Richard Seymour Play On Day 1A


Image via WSOP.comEarlier this summer, Calais Campbell of the Arizona Cardinals competed in a preliminary event at the 2016 World Series of Poker. Fast forward a month, and two more football players were at the Rio Convention Center competing for a gold bracelet.

Antoine Winfield, who played for the Minnesota Vikings until 2012, as well as former New England Patriot Richard Seymor, who also last played four years ago, were among the field of 764 on day 1A of the $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em championship. Seymour survived to day 2, while Winfield busted.

The former was listed as a DNR on the official chip counts, but it looks like he ended the day with a decent stack. According to a WSOP live update, Seymour lost a pot to fall to roughly 70,000 near the end of play on Saturday evening.

Winfield recorded a cash in event no. 56 ($1,500 no-limit hold’em). It was a 231st-place finish for $2,391, which was his first major tournament cash ever. Seymour is by far the more experienced poker player, as he has accumulated $62,617 in lifetime tournament earnings and has played the main event before. He hasn’t cashed in it yet.

A couple of summers ago, NBA great Paul Pierce nearly made the money in the main event. He was knocked out with around 800 left, when 695 were set to get paid.

Despite winning a satellite to the main event last month, Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr wasn’t able to play because of his sport commitments.

For more coverage from the summer series, visit the 2016 WSOP landing page complete with a full schedule, news, player interviews and event recaps.