Team PokerStars SportStar Rafael Nadal played his first real-money tournament over the weekend at the brand new Spanish Championship of Online Poker (ESCOOP). The €200 buy-in Main Event saw a field of 1,842 players, all of whom received 20,000 chips each.
Nadal had a decent start in the tournament as he eliminted one player with a set of 10's against a pair of aces. Then it didn't tak[...] Read more » Rafael Nadal's Real-Money Debut On PokerStars
Joined: May '08
Age: 36 (M)
well well well- he's only a rookie but already received the "guided excursion" on the "abilities" of pokerstars software flopping a top pair with great kicker only to find out that 2 of your opponents flopped sets...lol i guess he is "getting back on atp tour quicker then expected" according to insiders
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 41 (M)
Entering a €200 buy-in as the first experience in a tourney is a nice choice. The amount isn’t that much and, taking in consideration the size of the field, the prizes are already relevant. For a tennis champion who should have some millions in a couple of safes, that wasn’t the most relevant, but more – and that should have been discussed with PS – the expertise level he would be finding in most of his opponents. I think he did very well for a first time, and he should have also learned new things, as being in real tourneys gives the player a completely different view about the game, when comparing that with being in private tables playing with PS colleagues.
Joined: Apr '11
Age: 55 (M)
The Spanish Championship of Online Poker, €200 event attracted a bumper field of 1,842 runners. Nadal gets same s**t like us from the server,it was poker's most prominent ace that caused Nadal's downfall,pair of Aces against set(2 sets) to be sure Nadal is out.
Joined: Feb '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 56 (M)
Forgive me if I sound cynical, but..... pair of tens, pair of kings and he increases his stack by 50%. i guess most of us mortals could have achieved something like this. I also guess that most of us wouldnt have gone all in (if we were first to call after the flop) as we may have seen an opportunity to see what theothers had with the option of getting a load more into the pot or folding if they reraised us! It also doesnt saywhether he got into the money (Im guessing he didnt). So overall... for a €200 investment it was a pretty rubbish night
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 41 (M)
He is learning to play with some of the best players, they really should know some tricks and have some useful advices to give him to use when on the real tourneys. It’s not the same as learning alone at home, summing losses and keeping beating with the head on the wall until things start flowing on our side. I also guess he will still surprise and generate pokernews with his conquers; it’s a matter of time. If this happens, we can see in the future PS promo campaigns with the tennis pro saying “If I could, you also can” and giving a development to the site’s online school.
Joined: Oct '11
Age: 35 (M)
anyways seems to be a better fit to pokerstars then germam former tennis star boris becker who is playing since some years bt still playing like a fish. according to hendon mob he's got about 70K$ in live cashes besides playing mutliple big buy ins(10K+). but i guess for those guys its just like play money for us
Joined: Sep '12
Age: 29 (M)
Posted by thefly131: There s still the question remaining :
Why is PS spending money on the celebrities who have money enough ???
Players like Boris Becker and Nadal and others have money enough to pay for there buy-ins, why is PS sponsoring them.
Let s be serious, it will take ages for these guys to reach a same level as the avarege pro.
Well Rafa Nadal is a public figure , a big celebrity and a great tennis player !!
He surely has enough money to buy in which ever event he wants by his own !! PS is using him to publicize their brand by sponsoring , as he tours all over the world to play tennis he can even spread poker also the PS !!
So its a good move by PS !! its worth a investment ,,, IF he wins or not !! he plays , that itself attract many people !!!
Joined: Oct '09
Location: South Africa
Age: 35 (M)
Thats a typical hand on PS for you. If he had not gone all in on the flop, the "random number generator" would spit the Ace out just to make sure that he'd lose everything on the turn.
I'm sorry, call me cynical or whatever, but I honestly do not trust the Pokerstars software. There just too many bad beats and one is always set up perfectly to make sure that there is a lot of action.