The 888poker.com talisman and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has failed to make it passed the first day of the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) 2013 tournament in Las Vegas for the second year running.
The man known as “Rush” took part in the $10,000 buy-in No Limits Hold’Em main event this week at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino after being in attendance for UFC 162, and he almost made it to day two before busting out on one of the final hands of the first day.
The French-Canadian fighter, who has one the longest winning streaks in MMA history, blamed his lack of discipline in the poker game, which stands in marked contrast to his abundant discipline inside the cage.
“I am known as a very disciplined fighter, but also a very undisciplined poker player. That’s what I’m working on, I need to be more disciplined.”
However, St. Pierre wasn’t the only celebrity trying his luck at WSOP this year. Sitcom star Ray Romano and comedian Kevin Pollak were also among the glitterati in attendance at the most eagerly awaited event in the annual poker calendar.
The main event began Saturday and runs through July 15, when the field will be cut to a final nine. Play then pauses until November, when competition at the final table airs live on ESPN.
According to reports, entries are slightly down this year, with 6,352 players from 83 nations anteing up. The winner takes home $8.4 million and a gold-diamond-drenched bracelet — the Super Bowl ring of gambling.
Meanwhile, St. Pierre himself will return to Las Vegas later in the year when he takes on challenger Johny Hendricks for the UFC welterweight title. That fight will go down on November 16 at UFC 167.