Barcelona player Neymar made his third consecutive appearance at the WSOP over the weekend this year, but played in a private game rather than participate in one of the 73 events on the 2017 WSOP itinerary.
The private game was a Sit & Go tournament that WSOP organizers put forward for the football superstar and his friends, including Felipe “Mojave” Ramos and Andre Akkari.
Neymar and fellow football sensation Cristiano Ronaldo were previously affiliated with Team PokerStars until early 2017 when the poker site apparently decided to alter their image. Neymar's Sit & Go appearance in the 2017 edition was not a winning one, unlike 2016 when he clinched a two-table Sit & Go and the award of a $10,000 buy-in to the WSOP Main Event. However, he never did take his place in the 2016 Main Event, much to the disappointment of poker and football fans worldwide.
Neymar also made a short appearance at the WSOP in Las Vegas in 2015. He observed the action at the RIO All Suites Hotel and Casino without taking part in any of the scheduled events. Neymar is not the only celebrity to have graced the poker stage. Shane Warne, Rafael Nadal and Michael Phelps are some star figures who play poker online as well as visit casinos now and again.
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