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http://pnimg.net/lrep/1832/62/me10e848741.jpgThe career of many professional athletes is not long lasting, especially those which require being at the peak of physical fitness to keep on top of their game and ahead of the rest. The time will come, all too soon for some, when going out of the game gracefully is the logical thing to do, leaving a void to be filled where there was once fame, admiration, competition and money. Many athletes looking for that competitive atmosphere after their careers are over turn to the world of poker. Poker provides the need for competition, thrill, and the love of winning that a retired sports star has experienced during his professional career. One famous example is Boris Becker, the former World Number One tennis player from Germany. Becker was the ultimate competitor during his tennis career, and is regarded as one of the greatest professional tennis players of all time. In a career that spanned over 15 years, he won 49 major titles including 6 Grand Slams. He’s been playing poker for the past few years, becoming a regular fixture on the live scene. Like most sports personalities, Becker started to develop his skills while playing online poker after his professional career was done. Online sites like partypoker provided him with the venue to play the game right in the comfort of his own home. Professional sports and poker both require intense concentration, good decision making, stamina and constant improvement to one’s game. Although some people may argue, Poker is now considered as a sport. It is a sport that requires little physical activity, but the adrenaline rush that it provides the player is what makes it such a great sport. This is probably the reason why so many sports personality shift to playing poker once their respective sport careers are over. Many of the attributes needed in successful poker players are those demanded in professional athletes, like high levels of concentration, focus and determination. Athletes who have successfully made the transition into professional poker includes football players like Tony Cascarino and Teddy Sheringham, and Rugby Union’s Raphael Ibanez.

A lot of sports stars who play poker also take part in the game in order to help other people through charity. Celebrity poker tournaments are organized as a way to give back to the community and famous athletes have been known to participate in these events. Former UFC heavyweight champion {Randy “The Natural” Couture} has transitioned his energy and enthusiasm from training and fighting to raising stakes in poker games. Couture was one of the organizers of an annual charity poker tournament that benefited injured veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The event brought out the biggest names in poker and MMA like current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, as well as other stars of sports and entertainment.

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