One day, you’re on top of the NBA poker world, riding high as you advance to Day 2 of the World Series of Poker Main Event. The next, you’re going all-in with pockets twos while your opponent has a pair of jacks.
That’s poker, and that’s what happened to Paul Pierce. From ESPN:
With only 20 minutes to go in Level 9, Paul Pierce made his exit from the WSOP main event. The NBA All-Star had been the attention of all at the secondary feature table, even players like Dennis Phillips who asked him for an autograph during play. Pierce played a patient game, but seemed to get active after dinner and would ultimately find himself in a rough spot with 2-2 all-in preflop against the J-J of Allan Vrooman. The board ran clean for Vroonman (K-8-5-4-K) and Pierce stood up from his chair, grabbed his backpack and walked out the door with spectators and players giving him a round of applause as they announced his departure.
Look, this is not The Poker Jones, so I am not going to try to tell you that I know the ins and outs of big money Texas hold-em tournaments, but I have watched “Rounders” a few times, so I feel confident in telling you that going all-in with a pair of twos is not the best idea in the world. According to the Internet, Pierce had just a 17.86 percent chance of taking home the pot in this situation. That’s like betting money that Andre Miller will make a three-pointer. Yikesies.
It was fun while it lasted. Let’s hope Paul’s next money-making venture works out a little better. I hear the competition at this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest is very beatable.