Crossing Over - Sports Stars at the WSOP

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9 June 2010, Created By: Geoff Fisk
Crossing Over - Sports Stars at the WSOP

We may have thought Phil Gordon was the tallest poker player we've ever seen, but a new challenger entered the fray at the WSOP Tuesday.

Pro basketball player Earl Barron of the NBA's New York Knicks is in the house, and at 7 feet tall, Barron can keep an eye on every table in the room.

In honor of the skyscraping NBA pro, here are five of most prolific sports figures-turned-poker-players:

Greg "FBT" Mueller - The former hockey pro is perhaps the most accomplished former athlete in the poker record books.

Mueller's career earnings exceed $1.7 million, and the player known as "Full Blown Tilt" broke through with two bracelet wins at the 2009 WSOP.

Orel Hershiser - The "Bulldog" has a baseball resume that speaks for itself, but the former Cy Young winning pitcher and World Series MVP has made a mark on the poker world since beginning his poker career in 2006.

Hershiser earned the respect of the poker community with his run in the 2008 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship quarterfinals, and the Los Angeles Dodgers legend continues to play regularly in live cash games and online as a sponsored PokerStars pro.

Jerry Buss - The owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers is a regular at the WSOP year after year, along with his frequent appearances on High Stakes Poker.

Buss's best WSOP finish came  in 1991, when he took second place in Seven-Card stud.

T.J. Cloutier - The six-time bracelet winner is one of poker's living legends and universally respected by his peers.

The well-known craps enthusiast was also a college football star, attending the University of California Berkeley on an athletic scholarship and playing in the 1959 Rose Bowl

Boris Becker - Becker retired as one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with more than $25 million in earnings during his tennis career.

Becker joined the PokerStars team in 2007 and continues to play major European events.

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