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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Pierce all in at WSOP event

By Chris Forsberg

PokerListings.comPaul Pierce played in his first World Series of Poker event this week.
If the Celtics' championship ring doesn't give him away, that's Paul Pierce nestled beneath the hoodie and sunglasses last week in Las Vegas, competing in his first World Series of Poker event. From PokerListings.com:
Boston Celtics star Paul “The Truth” Pierce played his first World Series of Poker event today in Las Vegas and held his own against some of the best poker players on the planet.

The nine-time NBA All-Star has been spotted in the Foxwoods poker room in Connecticut, but this is his first appearance at the WSOP.

Pierce, a fiercely competitive player on the court, is passionate about the game of poker and believes there are lessons to be learned on the felt that might help him on the court.

“I think poker has really helped me develop patience and that helps me in everything I do in life,” Pierce told PokerListings.com during a break from the tournament action.

“It helps me on the basketball court, to be more patient and to be more of a thinking player and to be smarter out there,” he continued.

Maintaining a low profile, with sunglasses and a hoodie pulled low over his face, Pierce told us he was thrilled to be playing on poker’s biggest stage.

“I’ve been watching the World Series and I’ve seen how the games roll and how exciting it is and I’m just trying to be a part of that,” he said as he stacked the chips won in the last hand before the break.

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