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Paul “The Truth” Pierce is a Revelation in PLO at WSOP
The NBA's Paul “The Truth” Pierce is shocking the poker world with a deep run in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event at the 2013 WSOP.
Unlike most athlete/poker players, Pierce isn’t limited to playing basic No-Limit Hold’em.
On a day where most of the attention was on Day 1a of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event, Pierce is stacked in the super tough and more complex high-stakes Pot-Limit Omaha event.
A favorite event of elite grinders around the globe, the $10k PLO has been won by Ben Lamb, Matt Graham and Marty Smyth in the past.
The PLO event is so popular with international grinders that it is traditionally held near the end of the series so high-stakes pros can fly into town for the Main Event and the PLO $10k.
Pierce Looking to Outdo 2011 WSOP Performance
The future Brooklyn Net is hardly out of place in the tournament, however, and at the time this article was published he was top 10 in chips with 150 players left.
Online sharks Scott “urnotindanger2” Palmer, Jared “harrington10” Bleznick and Joseph “subiime” Cheong also among the leaders.
Pierce, who played for the Boston Celtics for 15 years, and NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo are quickly becoming two of the most accomplished athletes to ever play the WSOP.
Luongo is expected to play the Main Event on Monday. He made the money in last year’s event.
Pierce has already established himself at the WSOP and made it to Day 2 of the 2011 Main Event.
First place in this year’s $10k PLO is worth $852,692. Pierce is set to make $15.33 million this year so he’s certainly not scared of losing his $10,000 buy-in to the tournament.
Here’s a collection of photos of Pierce playing:
Update: Paul Pierce busted just short of the money.