Michael Phelps to Play in World Series of Poker

Photo Courtesy: Brooke Wright

Michael Phelps is taking his competitive spirit to poker this summer when he participates in several World Series of Poker (WSOP) events in Las Vegas. In fact, according to a report in the Las Vegas Review Journal, he played an event with a trio of professional players at the Rio Convention Center this week.

Phelps played with Antonio EsfandiariJeff Gross and Brian Rast in the $10,000 buy-in Tag Team No-limit Hold ’em Tournament. Phelps, who had previously been friends with Gross, explained to the Review Journal that he had already competed in two WSOP events and planned on competing in more later in the summer, including the World Championship in July.

Phelps explained that playing high-level poker was “something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now I semi have the freedom to.”

“I’m just learning more from what these guys do on a day-to-day basis and trying to just figure different things out,” Phelps said, according to the Review Journal. “It’s always fun. It’s a challenge, but it’s entertaining for me. It’s something I’ve always liked, and my wife (Nicole Johnson) plays as well, so it’s in the family.”

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  1. Amy Plas Marlin

    And speaking at the ACSM conference in Denver

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    I thought he quit gambling after that little incident in the Fort McHenry tunnel. Hadn’t he been gambling for something like 8 hours before then? What could possibly go wrong if he starts this up again?

  3. Mark Walsh

    Cillian Melly Alan Corby ?