Olympian Michael Phelps Asks to Meet With Doyle Brunson

Can we talk, legend to legend?

by , Sep 8, 2008 | 4:45 pm

Michael Phelps made history at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics by winning a record eight gold medals. And his comments to the press about wanting to play some poker in the future garnered much attention from the poker community, as in offers from the Asian Poker Tour and Betfair regarding the WSOP Europe. Neither offer was accepted.

It seems that the swimming legend does things on his own terms. Phelps recently traveled to Las Vegas with some friends as guests of the Palms, and one of his wishes was to meet Doyle and Todd Brunson and Hoyt Corkins.

Photo courtesy of DoylesRoom.com

According to the most recent post on Doyle’s blog, he received a call and brought his son and Corkins, along with Jennifer Harman and Marco Traniello, to meet Phelps for a dinner at Nine Steakhouse at the Palms. “What a nice kid!” Doyle wrote. “Phelps and some of his friends wanted books so I took Super System 1 and 2 to them and they asked all kinds of poker questions. Michael said all he wanted to do in life, was to eat, swim and play poker.”

Oh yeah… I can already see Phelps with a Doyle’s Room cowboy hat at the WSOP in 2009. Obviously, no deals have been signed at this point and Phelps has not accepted any invitations to play in tournaments thus far, but I can see an NBC National Heads-Up Championship and World Series in the kid’s future. Just a personal prediction…


  • Kevin Mathers

    Phelps playing in the 2008 WSOP in Vegas will be impossible, since he’ll be back in training/competing at the US Swimming Championships when they start. He’s said that he’ll start training again in February, which is when the NBC Headsup will take place.

  • Alicia

    Do they not have any swimming pools in Vegas?

  • http://www.pokerroad.com/pokerazzi shronk

    If I ever win 8 Gold Medals in one Olympics (and anyone that’s seen me in person knows it’s only a matter of time) the first demand I’m going to make is to meet Hoyt Corkins.

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

    ***Phelps playing in the 2008 WSOP in Vegas will be impossible***

    Kev, you are absolutely right … you see, even though the 2008 main event is just starting to air on TV, it’s already been played!
    :)

  • Kevin Mathers

    I wouldn’t be shocked if they let him join the November Nine.

  • Hoyt Corgins

    Even I wouldn’t meet me if I won 8 gold medals.

  • Karridy

    I would beat me.