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The NBA's Paul Pierce is busy making a deep run in the 2014 World Series of Poker and he told PokerListings.com that if he wins, it will inspire tons of new people to give poker a try. Pierce says he loves poker and that it would be an amazing feeling to win a bracelet and get his picture up at the WSOP alongside some of the greatest players in the game. Pierce said that athletes generally aren't thought of as great poker players but that he has plans to change that soon. Pierce compared his potential to inspire people to play poker to what happened in 2003 when Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP Main Event and helped spark the poker boom. We're going to keep our fingers crossed that Paul Pierce's predictions come true.
Paul: It will be an unbelievable feeling to put my picture here in the Poker Wall of Fame. Some of the great poker players ... Most athletes aren't really considered great poker players, but I'm going to change that in the near future. I think you are going to see more actors, more celebrities, more athletes. If you see a guy like me win it, sort of like the Chris Moneymaker story. You looked at how he came out of nowhere and won the tournament. Then it influenced a lot of other people to do the same thing, and I think I can be there for the athletes.
Yeah, I do take it seriously. I've been playing for the last 10 years, playing online, play some cash games, played a couple tournaments. So my game has gotten better over the years. But I remember the first time I came when I first got in a big [inaudible 00:00:55], my heart started racing. When you first start doing it, adrenaline flows. Now I'm calm, I know what I want to do every time out there, and I try to pace myself.
Interviewer: Cool, man. What's up with the hat? We are all [inaudible 00:01:06].
Paul: This is my lucky Red Sox hat.
Interviewer: This is pretty new. Is that a new hat?
Paul: This is my lucky Red Sox hat with the trophy on the side.
Interviewer: When was that made?
Paul: Last year when they won the World Series.
Interviewer: Are we going to see you back in Boston? What's happening?
Paul: Well, we don't know. It's free agency time now, so I'm just waiting it out right now for the next couple of weeks until LeBron and Melo figure it out. So come on guys, let's go.