Successfull Spanish Championship of Online Poker

December 6, 2012

Last month, the world poker community received announcement that Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis prodigy, began playing on PokerStars’ real money tables. It wasn’t too long before the seven-time French Open champion found himself among 1,842 players seated at the main event €200 buy-in tournament of the ESCOOP, the Spanish Championship of Online Poker, Spain’s answer to the WCOOP at PokerStars.

Nadal took up the nickname ‘RAFA’ during the tournament, and his participation is probably the link behind the event’s recorded massive success. The tournament’s prize pool exceeded the proposed guarantee by far, reaching a whopping €339,241.14.

RAFA has proved his worth for a high place in the pro world of poker, showing the world that his success is not only restricted to the tennis court. The tennis star is among the most famous sportsmen in the world, colossus on the court and famously all smiles off it. He is that guy whom everyone wants to hang out with and everyone loves his sunny smile, which he even takes with him to the poker room. His failure at mastering a poker face has not put a damper on his remarkable career though.

As a Team PokerStars SportStar player, RAFA flew past the first levels of the ESCOOP main event without a hitch, remaining solid in the face of his competitors’ aggressiveness. He even took part in the elimination of a player, earning him a leadership spot. Unfortunately, he lacked the necessary experience to avoid all poker pitfalls, but ultimately he still came out a winner. The tennis star went only a few levels before he abandoned the championship, which eventually ended with tonet_1981’s victory. All the same, Nadal had still won himself a place in poker. It will be exciting to see where his poker career goes alongside his tennis career.


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