International soccer virtuoso Cristiano Ronaldo was noticed earlier this month at the Crown Casino, in Melbourne Australia, enjoying a game of poker. The 30-year-old Real Madrid onward confesses to ‘enjoying the strategic aspect’ of the game and was happily to tweet about his evening at the tables.
(Incidentally… Is that the Crown Casino the foremost celebrity-friendly gaming venue on the planet? The stars who have popped in for a daring game of roulette, blackjack, and craps include Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Nicole Kidman, Rachel Griffiths, One Direction, Kerry Packer, Tiger Woods and Neil Murray. Should be one thing in the water…).
Although Ronaldo is clearly at home in the casino, a couple of footballers have dabbled with gambling over the years. Psychologist Mark Griffiths thinks there are sensible reasons why professional players gamble.
“The night before a giant match, Premiership players are confined to staying in a hotel. No sex. No alcohol. No junky food. Basically, no access to the items they like. To pass time, footballers could watch TV, play cards, or play a video game.”
Couple of football players enjoy a game of blackjack and a number of other retired footballers are now with success working the poker circuit. That brings us neatness to…
#1. The Poker Players
Gerard Pique – plays centre back for each his country (Spain) and FC Barcelona, has Shakira as a girlfriend, and is a professional poker player with major tournament wins to his credit. All at the identical time! Probably the coolest man on the globe?
Also battling well in the poker arena are: Man Utd ex-player Teddy Sheringham (5th place tournament win and over £300,000 in career wins) and ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino (more than £500,000 in winnings and a number of other tournament places).
Clearly, the discipline required to be an expert football player interprets well to the poker table.
#2. Naughty Nasri?
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri looks to like spending slightly time at the tables. Year before, Nasri was spotted celebrating his birthday in Las Vegas, along with his supermodel girlfriend and old Arsenal teammate Marouane Chamakh.
In April same year, the identical pair visited a London casino and sit down at a roulette table – not realizing it had been a private game. Nasri made a bet and accidentally touched the hand of the lady gambler who was the only person at the table. She lost her bet and blame Nasri who was then escorted out of the building. Without doubt, she has friends!
#3. Cisse and Desist
Pair years ago Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse was argument with his club regarding carrying a shirt bearing the logo of the sponsor, money lender Wonga.com. Cisse insisted his Muslim faith prevented him from wearing anything that promoted the lending of money with interest.
However, Cisse’s complaint was undermined when a fan spotted him playing blackjack at Aspers Casino in Newcastle. Recent reports that Cisse may – allegedly – be a bigamist have made his casino capers a distant and almost forgotten memory.
#4. The Money Angel
2 years ago, defender Phil Bardsley was playing for Sunderland. On a team break off, Bardsley and his friends finished up in the casino playing roulette. Then manager Paolo Di Canio only uncovering this once a pic of Bardsley lying on the ground surrounded by piles of £50 bank notes was posted on the Net. Great win.
In the end, maybe Di Canio ought to have chilly out. He was discharged at the top of the season, once winning just 3 games with the club. Bardsley currently plays for Stoke and doubtless he still enjoys a game of roulette.
#5. Wayne Wins
Are you know that Wayne Rooney take home a payment check for £13 million past year? Great for kicking a ball around at the weekend. Rooney is a fan of to a game of craps, just because playing a game of ‘roo-lette’ opens him up for a few serious ribbing.
A few years agone, Rooney got some flack for his sports betting antics however there’s little noise now and Rooney is at the top of his game. Forever only gamble what you can be able to lose. To be fair: in Rooney’s case – that’s a plenty of cash!