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Nadal To Play First Live Poker Tournament!

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Posted on 22 November 2013 by "T".

World tennis number one and PokerStars Team SportStars member Rafael Nadal, 27, will play his first-ever live poker tournament next month! According to PokerStars, The 13-time Grand Slam champion will participate in a charity tournament on December 12 in conjunction with European Poker Tour's stop in Prague, Czech Republic.

Several internationally known professional poker players (names will be announced over the coming weeks) will take part in the tournament, so it definitely won't be an easy start to Nadal's live tournament career.

"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 released by PokerStars.

He added: "It's no secret that I love the competition and that's what I like about poker," he said. "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."


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12 comments on "Nadal To Play First Live Poker Tournament!"

 Heskor22/11/2013 13:31:36 GMT
Haha tennis season is over and he as nothing else to do but doing his sponsorship contract, I am sure you will see that he will have a logo of pokerstars somewhere around his clothes etc.

Anyway great for pokerstars to get new players this will definitely help, nicely done. And congratulations Nadal for a great season.
 doubletop77722/11/2013 15:21:32 GMT
I wonder if he has to pay to enter? Must be great to be invited to play in these things knowing its not costing you a penny. Its true that the rich just get richer
 noonlion22/11/2013 18:37:44 GMT
He's had one heck of a year in tennis, lets see what he can do at the tables.

I bet during his injury time he was loving it - deposit another $50k on PS and donate my money to someone.
 aleksey77www23/11/2013 01:15:16 GMT
Покер захватывает всё больше игроков! надеюсь у Рафаэля Надаль в покере будет так же хорошо идти игра как и в теннисе!
 sergejcho23/11/2013 09:14:29 GMT
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ?World tennis number one and PokerStars Team SportStars member Rafael Nadal, 27, will play his first-ever live poker tournament next month!
What will poker look like when sports man come to play Poker live Smile))
Anyway he is Pokerstars player long ago and their masscont Smile))))))))
 Plexo24/11/2013 04:28:35 GMT
Is he actually playing online poker? Did anyone see him connected at Pokerstars?
I would like to seat in the same table. I hope he win the tournamnet, it would be funny to see it. May be, he can play some heads-up against Federer or Djokovic hahahah

 Macubaas24/11/2013 09:11:05 GMT
I think Rafa started to dig this game, i mean i'm sure that his contract involves him to participate to this kind of tournaments and play a number of hands online.

Still, from his statements and interviews i also think that he likes the game which is great for sure Smile
 sergejcho24/11/2013 10:20:33 GMT
Look guys Raffael Nadal is nearly on the end of the carrer and i think he will try to make a easy money with him sponzorship Smile)))
He was injured , and he was out of the tournaments and no cash in last year ( BIG CASH IN LIKE MILIONS HE MADE ON TENNIS TOURNAMENTS ). Wish him Luck!!
 damosk24/11/2013 22:08:43 GMT
This will be a real crowd puller and no doubt will get some huge media coverage also. It doesnt really matter whether he does very well or not, but obviously he would like t so i guess we should all wish the tennis superstar the bestof luck for his adenture!
 demodawggy25/11/2013 02:31:10 GMT
Yes, would be VERY interesting to see how Rafa will do in this tourney after being 'groomed' by PokerStars for the last little while...

I'm thinking they'll have some sort of 'Special Nada Rafal' promotion going on at the same time to draw in more prospective players from huge pools of different folks!...! Smile Thumbs Up Dollar
 Tomic189126/11/2013 07:08:58 GMT
i hope he busts bigtime.he's a great tennisplayer but he doesn't seserve to be mentioned playing any pokertournament;
i'd rather hear which 'proven' pokerplayers are on the entry-list
 mihaha7911/12/2013 12:59:44 GMT

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