Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior better known as Neymar Jr. made heads turn at Event #26: $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship. The legendary Paris Saint-Germain forward marked his attendance at the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2022 in Bally’s and Paris Las Vegas. The world-renowned footballer sadly couldn’t cash or advance further into Day 2 of the event which had 92 entries. The footballer cum poker player did manage to win a couple of hands but could not make a big splash at the event with his poker moves.
Neymar isn’t new to the WSOP felts and has played in several events in the past. He also showed up at WSOP 2015 to show support for Brazilian players grinding at the event. The footballer who has 56.9 million followers on Twitter (as of 14th June 2022) exited Event #26 of WSOP 2022 and moved on to grind on the $10/$25 No-Limit Hold’em cash table. The Brazilian is believed to be pretty good at poker than what most believe. But we are yet to see this footballer ship a WSOP gold bracelet.
Neymar playing $10/25 NL cash game right now pic.twitter.com/NmEI5SBut8
— Ryan Feldman (@TheRyanFeldman) June 13, 2022
According to a report by PokerNews, the Brazilian sat down for a private Sit & Go tournament. Neymar was joined by his friends for a special ‘Neymar & Friends’ tournament which featured 16 prominent Brazilian poker players, including André Akkari for a prize pool worth $10,000. If news reports are to be believed then, Neymar couldn’t make it big in this event either. As far as celebs are concerned Neymar wasn’t the only one who made his presence felt. Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight fame was also present at the same event. Talking about Silver’s performance, it was more or less similar to Neymar’s fate.
Neymar was appointed as the Cultural Ambassador for PokerStars in April 2021. The news reports about this announcement state that PokerStars will be closely working with the footballer on various aspects of culture like music, art and design. Apart from this, Neymar reportedly rubbed shoulders with other PokerStars ambassadors like Akkari and Rafael Moraes.
The Brazilian Olympic gold medalist said, “Lately, I’m ahead of them both. The last time we played, I beat them. We play a lot when we go to Brazil and they are two guys that became my friends through poker.” The football player who’s believed to be among the top three or four athletes by many sports analysts further added, “Every conversation we have, I learn from them. So, I’m very proud to have two giant players in the poker world being my friends and having free lessons, right?”
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