Professional poker players all over the world are leading the way and playing for big winnings and important titles. Celebrities from sports and entertainment want to get involved. Not only do you have enough money to gamble for your own pleasure – some also have the necessary skill and passion.The list of well-known celebrity poker players is impressive. Internationally known stars with very different personalities regularly play in private groups or in public poker tournaments. Some show real talent and luckily only a few show the unsightly sides of their personality.
There are a handful of celebrities in Germany who regularly take part in public poker games. Boris Becker is one of them. What made him such a successful tennis player gives him many advantages to also being a good poker player – his strong nerves. Becker has gone from being a tennis pro to a poker pro and has been featured very often in live poker tournaments since 2008. His poker career began in Monte Carlo at that time and he soon took part in the main event of the World Poker Tour, finished in a very good 40th place and won some nice prize money. He says of himself that he is a gambler by nature and that he sees poker as a sport. He already gambled with his supervisors during his tennis career. Becker trains online poker for his public tournaments. “The more you train, the better you get too, ”he said in an interview. For this he even treats himself to a poker trainer and meanwhile he wins regularly and has earned a lot of respect in the poker scene. Its stakes and entry fees are borne by its sponsors. He played against Stefan Raab and even against his former wife Lilly Becker on TV Total PokerStars Night. In 2020 Becker received a contract as a brand ambassador for party poker. Previously, he was the first athlete to have a sponsorship deal with PokerStars.com.
Another successful German athlete who likes to play poker today is the former national player Super Mario – Mario Basler. In football, he was the man for big moments on free kicks and corners. His skills at the poker table are also impressive. In contrast to Boris Becker, Basler does not play professional poker, but rather for the fun of the game, which does not mean that he plays it without ambition. He sees the tension in poker as much as in professional football, he says of his game. In 2017 he played his way up to 789th place among more than 7,220 poker players in Las Vegas at the World Series of Poker. Since then he has also been an advertising medium for the online poker platform 888poker.