Paul Pierce enters World Series of Poker, has a decent first day

Tuesday July 8th, 2014

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. 

In an interview with, 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."

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Pierce said on Twitter that he ended Day One with $60,000 in chips, which was above average, per 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. 

[Pro Basketball Talk

-Alex Hampl

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