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Comedian Kevin Hart lost over $300K on his first foray in high-stakes live poker tournaments

Tags: Kevin Hart, stand up comedian.
Posted on 11 January 2017 by "T".

This week, Comedian Kevin Hart has just lost over $300,000 playing high-stakes poker. Despite the tremendous loss, he's still overall fortunate because he can afford it, as last year he had earned $87.5 million, and according to Forbes magazine, Hart was the highest paid comedian of 2016.

Hart must have learned something interesting since playing poker with Bilzerian last year, because earlier this week he felt utterly good enough about his poker skills to sign-up for the $100,000 buy-in and enter the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Super High Roller. Another reason is that maybe he just felt it was okay to join in because he was 2016's highest-earning comedian, even surpassing Jerry Seinfeld, the longtime title holder.

Actually, this is Hart's first ever foray into the world of super high roller events on the live tournament circuit, and he's up against some of the best in the field including Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, David Peters, and many more.

He dropped two buy-ins in that event for a loss of $200,000 total.

On January 8 (Sunday), he joined in the $5K buy-in PokerStars Championship Bahamas no-limit hold'em main event, and yet once again got eliminated during the course of the starting day.

On January 9 (Monday), he entered his 3rd major event of the week, the $50K buy-in single-day high roller event. He was beaten by Charlie Carrell. After that, Hart used his option to re-enter the event, shoving in another $50K buy-in. Unfortunately, he got beaten again by Christoph Vogelsang, and because the event only offered a single re-entry option, he was eliminated for good.

All in all this week, Hart has now lost $305,000 from buy-ins in poker tournaments. There are still actually many other upcoming high-stakes tournaments on the series' schedule, including the $25K buy-in pot-limit Omaha and no-limit hold'em events.

Table talk comes naturally to Kevin Hart as he started out joking that he was prepared to re-enter 22 times if needed. The mirth continued after that, with many players taking turns playing the "straight man" amid Hart's jokes. For instance, he replied to Daniel Negreanu's topic of food options around the Atlantis saying, "I'm just trying to eat these chips." He jokingly told Dan Shak regarding his rain jacket, "I've got that same coat." At one point, Hart described his opponents as a "bunch of computers", which seemed an appropriate explanation given how relentlessly optimal they all seem to play well at nearly every single hand.

Aside from Kevin Hart, other celebrities who also took part in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas main event include PGA tour golf pro Sergio Garcia and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Paul was having a great start on day 1B of the main event as he managed to knock out three-time World Poker Tour main event champion Chino Rheem, making him one of the early leaders in the field.



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10 comments on "Comedian Kevin Hart lost over $300K on his first foray in high-stakes live poker tournaments"

 doubletop77711/01/2017 09:01:44 GMT
It must be nice to be able to enter these High Roller events and not worry about losing multiple buy-ins. Kevin Hart is one of my favourite comedians and it will be nice to watch him at the tables, his table talk must be very funny
 pajalnick11/01/2017 11:12:50 GMT
for such a wealthy man, this loss is not more than a small failure ... zoto he cheerfully spent time and played an interesting game ... I do not think that he was very saddened by what happened but because of his profession, he may use it for jokes on himself
 xxxpokerxxx111/01/2017 14:06:57 GMT
I would love to be at his table at a cash game... Big Smile Thumbs Up
 Tony_MON7ANA11/01/2017 14:10:08 GMT
Wow. Did he make $87.5 million last year? That is an insane amount of money. So, $300,000 is probably like a pocket change for him. Considering that he is still 37, there will be plenty of opportunities for him to accumulate wealth.
 T3ddyKGB11/01/2017 15:26:09 GMT
he earns 87.5$ million a year? well....its the same like if i would play NL2 cashgames - so wut da fuk?

Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 Mober11/01/2017 17:57:50 GMT
It seems like he performance in poker was exactly the same like his last stand up comedy
The worst he has ever done, and one of these you can say that the ticket money was a waste Smile
If the next one is the same he will start going downwards.
 TheMachineQC11/01/2017 19:39:33 GMT
Hehe! I didn't even know Kevin Hart was Canadian, thought he was american for sure Big Smile

Earning 100 millions in a year I can see why he doesn't care about 100 000$ buy-ins. But having money doesn't make him a good poker player. Seems like a pretty smart dude, but trying to go in there and bully these pro poker players is just not gonna work. You have to just play by the book and be creative sometimes with bet sizes and marginal spots.
 Ingrind3312/01/2017 00:24:18 GMT
This guy could also visit the BRM page for some nice free bankroll. Some nice no deposit options, so he basically had the chance to learn poker. but, he chose to learn poker by just play with real money. In this case real "real" money. He could also hire an army of wizkids that play poker for him. He can also donate his by-ins to a poor kid and let him play, hahaha
 Robbo199012/01/2017 01:05:45 GMT
on holiday and probably thought he would have a gamble/some fun.
 pochui12/01/2017 08:55:18 GMT
well no problems here, guy is taking a break and having some fun, people do all sorts of things to enjoy the moment- they climb the highest mountains, dive the deepest oceans, eat fried cockroaches wrapped up in python skin which has been previously soaking in cranberry sauce fro 2 years... that's life.

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