Paul Pierce is in Las Vegas this week, but the 15-year veteran isn't playing for the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team. Pierce announced Monday via Twitter that he would be playing in this year's World Series of Poker Main Event.
Playin in WSOP today wish me luck pic.twitter.com/R08LsUgfhG— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 7, 2014
In an interview with pokernews.com, Pierce elaborated on his poker skills:
"[The WSOP Main Event] is one of the great events around the world where people try to show their poker skills. Me, myself, I feel like I’m one of the great poker players you’ve never heard of ... in the poker world."
Pierce said on Twitter that he ended Day One with $60,000 in chips, which was above average, per pokernews.com. The Nets forward is one of several big names in the field, including NFL defensive lineman Richard Seymour, actor James Woods and UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
Headed out ended day not bad 60k check out where that placed me on day 1 http://t.co/nNfvB3jaER see ya on day 2— Paul Pierce (@paulpierce34) July 8, 2014