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Georges St-Pierre to try his hand at poker

Maggie Hendricks
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GSP's poker face? (Getty)

As Georges St-Pierre continues to rehabilitate his torn ACL, he needs somewhere to put his competitive energy. The man didn't get to the top of the welterweight division and near the top of the Yahoo! Sports pound-for-pound rankings without a good amount of competitiveness, so now he'll use it at the poker table.

He signed a sponsorship deal with 888, an online gaming company. Through that sponsorship, he'll play in the 2012 World Series of Poker. He will also play in online special games that will benefit his anti-bullying charity.

"I have wanted to play poker for a while now as it is a great game of skill. It is not just your cards versus my cards; it is you versus your opponent. However, the most important aspect of my partnership with 888poker is that we are going to generate a great deal of money for my foundation that dedicates its efforts towards anti-bullying causes.

GSP has shown an incredibly icy stare when squaring off when his opponents. He may need to employ that at the poker table. For tips, he can turn to fellow fighter Mike Swick, who finished 10th of more than 2,000 in a WSOP event  in 2010. UFC ring announcer Bruce Buffer is also a poker aficionado. He has his own poker room at the Luxor in Las Vegas.

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