WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former NBA All-Star Tony Parker qualified for the World Series of Poker main event after he won the PM Group’s Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker tournament in January.
- In his 18-year basketball career, Parker won 4 NBA Championships, an NBA Finals MVP, and was a 6-time All-Star.
- The WSOP is scheduled for November in Las Vegas and is widely considered the biggest event in poker.
NBA legend Tony Parker is making a name for himself in the world of poker.
The former San Antonio Spurs star has qualified for the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, the San Antonio Express-News reported. According to reports, Parker is the first player in the world to qualify for this year’s event.
Early this year, Parker won The PM Group’s Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker, earning him an automatic invitation to the WSOP. The world event attracts several thousand players.
Gregory Chochon, the director of the World Series of Poker for Caesars Entertainment told the Express-News that Parker is excited about being qualified.
“He is very excited to play the Main Event for the first time,” Chochon said. “Because of his career, he never had the time to participate but he is ready for the challenge. We always promote poker as a sport, so Tony’s qualification is great news!”
The WSOP main event is the biggest event in poker. It is a no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em tournament with a $10,000 buy-in. The Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas will host this year’s WSOP tournament starting Nov. 4.
In 2019, the event featured a top prize of $10 million. The WSOP was postponed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Parker, on the other hand, appears to be a man who just likes to compete. According to Spotrac NBA, the All-Star earned more than $160 million in his 18-year basketball career. He won 4 NBA Championships, an NBA Finals MVP, and was a 6-time All-Star.