Ex-Footballer Teddy Sheringham Hits 2016 WSOP as Poker Veteran

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Teddy Sheringham

Paul Pierce, Roberto Luongo and Georges St. Pierre are among the various world-class athletes who have taken a turn at the WSOP tables but none of them have come close to matching the results of English football icon Teddy Sheringham.

Sheringham has accumulated $329,477 in lifetime live tournament earnings including a 14th place finish in the 2009 WSOPE Main Event for $66,738.

The former Manchester United star picked up poker when he was still playing professional football.

“I got into it on the coaches going to and from games,” he said.

“When you’re sitting in hotel rooms you waste a lot of time and so you end up playing cards and that turned into poker. I’ve been playing for a long time now. It’s been 15-20 years or so.”

Looking for Second Main Event Cash

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Sheringham building a stack.

Sheringham is playing Day 1c of the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event today. He’s actually had some success in the event and in 2012 he finished 388th for a $28,530 cash.

“I haven’t been playing a lot lately but I was working so I decided to come out here for this. It’s nice to be able to play,” he said. “It would be amazing to [win a bracelet].”

According to Sheringham he wasn’t the only footballer who had a knack for the poker.

“My mate Tony Cascarino is probably the best one that I played against over the years. There’s a few,” he said. “Dwight Yorke was also pretty good in his day.”

Sheringham was instantly intrigued by the various elements of poker.

“I like the competitiveness of it and the psychological aspect,” he said.

Sheringham: "England Was Shit in Euro Cup"

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While there are numerous athletes who have taken up poker as a hobby, the number who have actually found success in the game is dramatically lower.

“I think maybe it’s that in the game they play they go on instinct and natural ability whereas poker you have to think about things a little more,” said Sheringham.

“There is quite a strategy to it.”

Unfortunately it’s not a great time for English soccer as the nation imploded in the recent Euro Cup falling 2-1 to upstart Iceland.

Sheringham didn’t mince words when discussing England’s performance in the Euro Cup.

“I thought it was a very good tournament,” he said. “I thought England was shit, but that’s where we are at the moment.”

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