What is a ridiculously wealthy NBAer to do with his summer and a near certain lockout looming? Head to the World Series of Poker! Paul Pierce is in Vegas. So is Donyell Marshall. Both were playing yesterday in a $1500 Hold ‘Em event and Pierce decided to roll out the most intimidating card protector we’ve ever seen. Yes, that would be a Celtics world champion brick ring on his right hand next to the Red Bull.
PokerListings.com was able to get a few minutes with the future hall-of-famer:
“I think poker has really helped me develop patience and that helps me in everything I do in life,” Pierce told PokerListings.com during a break from the tournament action.
“It helps me on the basketball court, to be more patient and to be more of a thinking player and to be smarter out there,” he continued.
Maintaining a low profile, with sunglasses and a hoodie pulled low over his face, Pierce told us he was thrilled to be playing on poker’s biggest stage.
“I’ve been watching the World Series and I’ve seen how the games roll and how exciting it is and I’m just trying to be a part of that,” he said as he stacked the chips won in the last hand before the break.
Word on the street is that Pierce was eliminated. No word on if he made the money. As for Marshall, he’s barely been noticed. We’re guessing he got knocked out because always reliable Twitter is silent about his performance.