Retired soccer superstar Ronaldo is considered by many to be one of the greatest strikers in the history of the game. The former World Cup winner has now turned his sights toward a new game and is already beginning to show promise. On Monday, Ronaldo surprised the poker world by running deep and finishing 26th at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas.
Ronaldo is a member of Team PokerStars SportsStars and entered the Main Event over the weekend. While not the first time he’s played in a high profile poker tournament, this event would prove to be the first time that he would cash in a live tournament, and for a while it seemed he was destined for the final table.
Ronaldo Not Afraid to Battle
According to reports, Ronaldo was as fearless at the poker tables during this event as he was on the pitch. Late Sunday night, he put his tournament life at risk with pocket eights against the A-K of another opponent and was able to double to around 500,000. That stack propelled him into Day 4 action on Monday but he had to get lucky against Christopher Lockhart in order to continue his deep run.
Ronaldo raised to 35,000 from under-the-gun and Lockhart shoved for around 900,000. Ronaldo decided to put his 324,000 at risk with #Ad#2d and found himself completely dominated by the #Ah#Kh from Lockhart. The flop brought a flush draw for Ronaldo, but the turn blanked both players. Fortunately, the river brought a deuce to give Ronaldo a double to 670,000.
Ronaldo’s deep run would come to an abrupt end in 26th place against Eugenio Pacelli Mattar. Ronaldo raised to 80,000 and Mattar three-bet to 200,000. Ronaldo then decided to move all-in with #Kd#10d and Mattar made an immediate call with pocket queens. The flop fell #Jc#9s#5c to give Ronaldo a gutshot. The turn #8c gave Ronaldo an open-ended straight draw. Unfortunately, the river fell a harmless #Jh to send Ronaldo to the rail in 26th.
While Ronaldo fell short of the final table, he did earn $42,180 for his deep run in this PCA Main Event. An impressive feat for the former footballer.
Ronaldo a Legend on the Pitch and Now a Rising Poker Star
Ronaldo had a Senior career that spanned parts of 19 seasons. His longest stints were with Inter Milan and Real Madrid. He scored 83 goals from 2002-2007 for Real Madrid and finished his career with 247 goals in 343 appearances.
Ronaldo was also part of four World Cup squads, winning two titles. Although he didn’t play, he was part of the 1994 squad that won the title. He won the Golden Ball in the 1998 World Cup, the award for the best player in the tournament. In 2002, he won the Golden Shoe as the tournament’s top scorer and helped Brazil win their record fifth World Cup title. He finished his international career with Brazil with 62 goals in 98 appearances.