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12th Jan 2015

Brazilian Ronaldo trades chips for chips as he edges closer to €1.2m poker prize

Winner, winner (several) chicken dinners

Ben Kiely

Brazilian football icon Ronaldo has been making waves in the world of poker

The 2002 Golden Boot winner has already banked €20,000 in the PokerStars event in the Bahamas but if he continues his stellar run he has an outside shot of winning the grand prize of €1.2 million.

Ronaldo has worked his way up to 18th out of the 57 remaining competitors after three days of the tournament, which means he is guaranteed to walk home with an extra €20,000 in his pocket, at the very least. He’ll be pushing for a spot on the final table going into day four of the competition, which will give him a shot at winning the jackpot.

Ronaldo joined Team PokerStars in April 2013, alongside the likes of tennis superstar Rafael Nadal, tennis legend Boris Becker and  Teddy Sheringham.

The former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur striker is actually one of the more successful ex-sports stars to try their hand at poker. He amassed over  €170,000 in live tournament earnings since retiring from the beautiful game and has had some excellent showings in the World Series of Poker.

Hat-tip to the Mirror