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Poker Players Join In On Solar Eclipse Mania

Rounders Share Experiences On Social Media


Poker players may be accustomed to wearing sunglasses at the tables, but many were breaking out shades of a different sort to check out Monday’s solar eclipse in North America. Like many across the continent, numerous players took in the unique spectacle and posted their activities on social media.

The solar eclipse offered a wide path of totality crossing much of the United States, providing excellent viewing opportunities for millions of Americans from Texas to the East Coast. The next similar event isn’t expected in the contiguous U.S. until August 2044.

Former World Poker Tour player of the year Faraz Jaka predicted good things in the coming years for players who spent at least a few minutes checking out the celestial events.

“If you watched the solar eclipse, you’re going to run good the rest of this decade,” he noted on Twitter. “Congratulations, everyone.”

While Las Vegas wasn’t in the direct path of totality, observers could at least see a partial eclipse. Four-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Max Pescatori was one of those turning his gaze skyward.

Those in Las Vegas driving near the sphere also got a solar eclipse show. The unique entertainment view offered viewers a look at what the eclipse might look like with an even closer vantage point.

With a background in astrophysics, former PokerStars ambassador and European Poker Tour champion Liv Boeree had a keen interest in the eclipse. She and a friend flew to Little Rock, Arkansas, to observe the day’s happenings. That included keeping tabs on forecasts to find just the right place for viewing.

“Hands down the most breathtaking thing I have ever seen in my life,” Boeree added. “Thank you dear Creator for leaving us this glorious Easter egg.”

PartyPoker ambassador Jamie Staples headed to Montreal for the day’s events, but encountered a bit of a problem after buying a pair of counterfeit viewing glasses. Staples apparently was able to solve the issue and was amazed at the experience.

Poker pro and vlogger Xuan Liu was already planning for the next solar eclipse, even though it’s two decades away.

Poker coach Greg Vail topped everyone, however, celebrating the eclipse with his own wedding.