In our many years of poker observation we’ve learned never to make flat-out statements about poker skill - and that goes doubly for crossover sports stars like Sergio Garcia.
The Spanish professional golfer is among the 188 players left in the 2012 PCA main event with a stack of 104,500 in chips, though, which is tilting the scales subtly in favor of at least the possibility of Garcia’s poker prowess.
So while it’s unquestionably true Sergio Garcia is good at golf, the most we’ll say is that he might be good at poker.
If you want evidence, consider that one year ago Garcia also played in the PCA main event but lasted just a few short levels on his Day 1 heat.
This year he's managed to advance to Day 3 in the same tournament.
That's three times as far at least, indicating to us that he’s at least three times as good as he was in 2011.
He hasn't increased his speed much, according to a few reports from his table, but we'll give him a pass on that as that's how he plays golf too.
“Any time you try do something at a high level it’s going to be tough and there are going to be some similarities,” Sergio told us when we spoke to him a year ago.
“There’s a huge mental game in both and it’s important to have mental strength,” he said.
While it is true that Sergio Garcia has no real poker results per se, he did win a televised celebrity event sponsored by PokerStars in Spain.
Check out Garcia here deftly folding A-7 when his opponent had pocket aces. Spanish fluency not mandatory.
And a few pictures we picked up in the Bahamas last year.