July 06, 2010
While the NBA's biggest and brightest are sharing dinners and figuring out ways to make the most money while playing for the best teams, some of the league's lesser lights are content to spend their millions. Some guys are doing things like buying houses and getting married on VH1, while others are wiling away the interminable offseason in a more old-fashioned way — playing poker. At least that's how the Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion(notes) is spending part of his $33 million deal.
The main event of this year's World Series of Poker kicked off on Monday, and rather than enjoying a steak the size of his face, Marion joined thousands of other schmucks trying to get their hands on the title and its accompanying cash prize.
He lasted almost the entire first day. From Pokernews.com:
On a flop of A-Spades / Q-Spades / 7-Clubs, Shawn Marion fired out 2,000 only to have the small blind check-raise to 7,000. [...]
Marion eventually made the call to see the 5-Spades land on the turn and the small blind move all in for 17,950. Marion made the call for his last 7,800 and we were off to a showdown.
Marion: A-Hearts / King-Spades
Opponent: 7-Diamonds / 7-Hearts
With Marion drawing dead, the meaningless 10-Diamonds landed on the river to send Marion to the rail.
Tough break. I guess he will just have to enjoy playing expensive cash games against his millionaire teammates instead of getting the honor of sporting a gaudy gold bracelet. So it goes.
At the very least, Marion seemed to have a good time, posting on his Twitter account, "Well it lasted til last 30min cash games and tournaments are completely different it was fun now I gotta Waite til next year it was fun [sic]."
You know what they say, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. And since none of those poker playing dogs are Shawn Marion, it's a fitting saying. Let's just hope he stays out of Gilbert Arenas'(notes) card games. Those never turn out well.