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Rafael Nadal Challenges Poker World on March 19th

Ever wanted to test your skills against no. 1 ranked tennis champion Rafael Nadal? Unless you’re a world class tennis player, that won’t be happening. But any poker player with a PokerStars account can face Nadal on the virtual felt this Wednesday, March 19 for play money.

Nadal is taking on all comers at the $5/10 Zoom play-money tables at or at 5:30 ET. The tennis star will take a break from preparing for action on the court at the Sony Open in Miami to compete against poker players worldwide.

The competition will include running commentary by PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu. Players are invited to watch, play, and ask Nadal questions during the hour of poker fun. PokerStars will provide a webcast that can be viewed on the site’s Facebook app, YouTube channel, or on

“Rafa’s poker knowledge and skill level has improved dramatically since he started learning the game,” Negreanu told PokerStars Blog. “I’m looking forward to seeing if he can make this a hat-trick of wins, having already taken down the charity tournament at EPT Prague and beating players from across Spain.”

Nadal was victorious against poker players in Spain earlier this year in a similar staged event on the real-money Zoom tables at The tennis star won more hands than he lost and PokerStars donated money to charity as a result. Wednesday’s action will see the world’s top poker site multiply Nadal’s total winning hands by $100 and donate that amount to Care International.

Join the play money Zoom Poker tables at PokerStars on Wednesday, March 19 and tell your friends that you competed against Rafa Nadal.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.