Paul Pierce is set to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 11 as part of the 2021 Hall of Fame class. Pierce was a 10-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA Finals MVP in 2008 when he helped lead the Boston Celtics to an NBA Championship. The former Celtic is also an avid poker fan, and he will be putting his poker skills on display this Monday night on Hustler Casino Live.
Pierce made a fairly deep run in the World Series of Poker Main Event back in 2014. Pierce was eliminated in around 800th place that year, outlasting thousands of players in the 6,683-person field. He finished just off of the money as the 2014 Main Event paid the top 693 finishers.
More recently, Pierce was featured on an episode of Poker After Dark that debuted on August 20, 2019. Pierce played with a handful of big stars in his time on the show including Phil Hellmuth, Tom Dwan, Mike Sexton, Rob Yong, and Jennifer Tilly.
Poker was also at the forefront when Paul Pierce was fired from his ESPN analyst job earlier this year. ESPN decided to lay Pierce off after the former small forward live-streamed a video of himself playing in a poker home game with friends that appeared to include strippers, alcohol, and weed. Pierce didn’t seem to be too bothered by ESPN’s decision to let him go, posting a video of himself laughing on Twitter in a post that said “big things coming soon”.
Hustler Casino Live continues to produce big names
Paul Pierce joins a growing list of big-name guests that have been featured on the Hustler Casino Live broadcast to date. That list includes Antonio Esfandiari, Mike Matusow, Garrett Adelstein, and Andy Stacks.
Hustler Casino live debuted on August 3 and has enjoyed some early success. The program’s YouTube channel has over 14,400 subscribers and its videos have received over 780,000 views thus far. In last Friday’s broadcast, the show had over 5,000 active viewers at one point.
Monday night’s broadcast with Paul Pierce will mark just the third time that Hustler Casino Live has featured Pot Limit Omaha action. It will also be the highest stakes that PLO has been played at on the show, with the blinds set at $25/$50. Pierce’s willingness to build big pots early coupled with the wild nature of PLO should lead to plenty of action in this one.
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