Paul Pierce, it seems, is nearly as dangerous at the poker table as he is on the basketball court.
The Boston Celtics forward, who will be traded to the Brooklyn Nets this week, is a poker aficionado who plays with teammates during the year and in tournaments in the offseason.
And this isn't just some hobby, Pierce is dead serious about the card game. The 10-time NBA All-Star took part in the $10,000 World Series of Poker’s Pot-Limit Omaha tournament over the weekend, and he did pretty well.
Pierce made it to the second day of the tournament before being eliminated. At one point, he was in the top 20 of the 386 participants. Pierce finished in 147th place, out of the prize money but not bad for someone's whose day job is playing basketball.
And even though "The Truth" was sent home before the tournament's final day, he looks like he had a lot of fun while his run lasted.
— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 6, 2013
For all the poker fans out there, here's a description of the hand which eliminated Pierce.