5 Footballers Who Have Made Their Mark on the Poker World
The window in which a player has to earn money to safeguard his family for the rest of their life is relatively short, especially if that player plies his trade in lower echelons of the football leagues. It was even more of a struggle for those players that played pre-Premier League days.
This obviously isn’t the case for the modern day superstar but what is interesting is the amount of ex-professional sportsmen and women that end up trying their hand at poker. Many footballers have attempted to mix it with the best in the world that poker has to offer at some of the most prestigious tournaments across the globe. But who are the most feared ex-footballers at the poker table. Read on and you’ll find out.
Sam Trickett (brief spells with Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United)
Trickett began playing poker when he was the victim of a serious ACL injury, which forced him to retire from professional football. He is now the 3rd highest earning poker player of all-time
Gerard Pique (Barcelona and Spain)
One of the world’s finest defenders made his bow at this year’s World Series of Poker where he was finally knocked out on Day Three of the event. Pique is currently 143rd in the all-time Spanish earners in poker
Teddy Sheringham (Man Utd and England)
The evergreen Sheringham had a brief but productive stint playing professional poker on the UK scene after he hung up his boots. His best placing was when he finished fifth in an event in Portugal where he took home over £100,000.
Tony Cascarino (Chelsea and Republic of Ireland)
The big Irish target man transitioned into poker in 2003 and played his last big tournament in 2011. He has earned over £500,000 so far although due to inactivity of late, it’s unsure whether Cascarino will be returning to poker anytime soon.
Tomas Brolin (Leeds and Sweden)
Often mocked for his portly figure, Brolin had a rough time in his days in the Premier League for Leeds United. His poker career was also short lived although he did have an impressive finish at one of the EPT events in Monte Carlo where he took home £50,000.
Poker’s appeal will no doubt continue to draw in many retiring footballers, or even pros that are looking to get over the heartache of being eliminated early from the World Cup like Pique this summer. Either way, poker has a certain appeal to it. Ever since the first online poker room InterCasino was launched online, poker slowly infiltrated millions of households worldwide. It is this attainability that had many practicing their skills with the aim of being the next Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson or Phil Ivey. And although we’ve never seen a ex-footballer win the WSOP yet, who knows we may well do so in the future.