Football Legend Ronaldo Participates in Charity Poker Tournament
The Brazilian football legend Ronaldo Nazario travelled to Barcelona last week to participate in an invitational charity poker tournament as part of Spain’s biggest annual poker festival, the European Poker Tour. The tour is currently residing at the Casino de Barcelona in the Hotel Arts Barcelona.
Ronaldo, a PokerStars brand ambassador, took part in the €5,000 ‘Phenomenon Table’ freeroll against a number of Spanish online competition winners.
Also taking part were PokerStar Pros Vanessa Selbst, Leo Margets, Andre Akkari, Bertrand Grospellier and Jonathan Duhamel. The event was won by Selbst and she is donating the prize money to charity.
Ronaldo is not the only sports celebrity to join Team PokerStars, Rafa Nadal is also a representative as is Olympic gold medal winning skier Marcus Hellner.
Speaking at the event Ronaldo said, “I always look to give my best in everything, in football and in life. Poker is another challenge that excites me. For me, there are a lot of similarities between football and poker – it takes a lot of mental discipline, practice and training.”