Re: How Many Olympians Have Played in the WSOP?

Michael Phelps seeking seat in the WSOP?

by , Aug 18, 2008 | 12:14 pm

As BJ Nemeth’s earlier entry mentions, there’s been a few Olympians who’ve played at the World Series of Poker. But none of them would top the credentials of Michael Phelps (from the NY Times:)

An avid cards player, Phelps said it would be cool to participate in the World Series of Poker. “My game is a little off right now,” he said, “so I’ll have to start improving it a little bit.”


  • http://pokerati.com/about-us/#danm DanM

    Awesome. How much you wanna bet any PokerStars/Full Tilt reps reading this (or the NYT article you cite) are scrambling to get $10k in his hand for 2009?

    (And would he know to question a deal from Ultimate Bet?)

  • http://otmgmt.com Oliver Tse

    DanM wrote:

    > Awesome. How much you wanna bet any PokerStars/Full Tilt reps reading this (or the NYT article you cite) are scrambling to get $10k in his hand for 2009?

    I actually wrote a collaboration proposal and submitted it to the attention of Michael Phelps’ sports agent, who rejected it about 30 minutes later.

    I can see PokerStars.net offering Phelps around $2 million a year, which, in my opinion, will NOT be enough for Phelps to consider the deal.

    (I am almost certain that FullTiltPoker.net won’t come close to what PokerStars.net would offer because of FullTiltPoker.net’s emphasis on signing poker pros, poker TV announcers, and poker book authors.)