07/11/2011 - 13:04
Pierce Bringing Competitiveness, Desire to Win to WSOP
Matt Rudnitsky and the Paul Pierce Team
Paul Pierce is a winner. He won three conference titles in three years at Kansas and an NBA title with the Celtics. A whole lot of games, too. So even though he might be the most famous person participating in the World Series of Poker's Main Event, he isn't just there for kicks. He's there to win.
People might not have taken him seriously at first, but it's pretty clear that Pierce belongs in the field. He nearly reached 100,000 chips at one point, but even after a little slump, his count sits at a solid 62,750 entering Day 2.
Reaching Day 2 (which is actually the fourth day, after Days 1A, 1B and 1C) is quite an accomplishment for the future NBA Hall-of-Famer. Of the 6,865 entrants, Pierce is one of just 2,031 remaining. His stack is in the top half of the field despite his late struggles on Day 1C and he's very much in the thick of things.
The highlight of the tournament for Pierce was on Day 1C where he scored two big pots in a row. Paul aggressively bet a two-pair of Aces and Tens on the first hand and then followed it up with an even bigger win. He raised 2,500 chips while holding pocket tens, driving up the pot. Pierce didn't hit another ten but scared his opponent and forced him to fold by placing a bold 4,000-chip bet. The two wins brought his chip count to an impressive 92,000.
Paul Pierce has made a Hall-of-Fame career out of surprising his opponents with smarts and subtle, crafty moves. He may not have the same experience playing poker as he does playing basketball, but he has the same competitive attitude, style and intelligence.
Just like he has proven on the basketball court, Paul Pierce is there to win. And the bigger the stage, the better he performs. The 2008 NBA Finals MVP thrives under pressure and is doing it yet again on the biggest stage in all of poker. “The Truth” is cool, calm, and collected. He's a winner.
Related links: http://www.pokernews.com/live-reporting/2011-world-series-of-poker/event-58-no-limit-hold-em-championship/day1c/?tag=Paul+Pierce