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  • Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs’ former NBA ace, has qualified for the WSOP Main Event, becoming the first player to do so
  • WSOP director Gregory Chochon has welcomed Parker as the first player and said that the organization was glad to have him
  • Parker has been able to spend more time on his poker career after ending his NBA run and finally having more time on his hands

NBA player Tony Parker has become the first person to qualify for the World Series of Poker held in the fall of 2021. 

San Antonio Spurs Player Makes it to WSOP Main Event 

As Pennsylvania saw a few successful entries in its poker scene recently, with BetMGM becoming a more permanent part of the landscape, this has not stayed local players’ appetite for the World Series of Poker’s Main Event in Las Vegas

In fact, if anything, players from the Keystone State will be showing up for the WSOP Main Event later this year. As everyone readies to take their own game to the next level, former San Antonio Spurs player Tony Parker has become the first player to qualify for the event

The news was reported by World Series of Poker director Gregory Chochon, who welcomed Parker as the first of many participants in the upcoming event that will be taking place at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from November 4 through November 17.

Parker has had a good run so far, and he won Texas Hold ’em Charity Poker event back in January, starting the year on a good footing. It was this event that gets him the $10,000 buy-in into the no-limit Texas Hold ’em event.

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“He is very excited to play the Main Event for the first time. Because of his career, he never had the time to participate, but he is ready for the challenge. We always promote poker as a sport, so Tony’s qualification is great news,” Chochon said. 

WSOP has already been bringing together the world’s poker elite, but the platform is also looking to break ground in Pennsylvania, an event that is not too unlikely by the end of 2021, as reported previously. The Main Event and the surrounding events part of the WSOP festival will now take place in the fall as opposed to their regular slots during the summer months.

The reason behind this is the recent pandemic that has suspended all in-person poker events and effectively had the community in limbo for well over a year. That is slowly changing, though, as vaccination rates are soaring and new COVID-19 cases are rapidly declining. 

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