Recently it has been announced that NFL running back legend Emmitt Smith has joined online poker room Full Tilt and will be representing the site at a selection of live events throughout the year.
The three-time Super Bowl champion scored a total of 175 touchdowns throughout his illustrious career and in August 2010 his remarkable achievements were acknowledged with an induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Now, the 41 year-old Florida born star has become a member of the site’s Friends of Full Tilt roster, which is reserved for some of the world’s top entertainers and athletes. Emmitt Smith now take his place amongst an array of stars which include Mario Andretti (racing), James Blake (tennis), ring announcer Bruce Buffer, Don Cheadle (actor), Mekhi Phifer (actor), Matt Hughes (UFC), and Jim McManus (writer).
Amongst Emmitt Smith’s past poker experiences are a heads-up victory over Phil Ivey at a Celebrity Invitational Charity Tournament, to win a $10,000 seat to the 2010 WSOP Main Event.
However, three hours into playing at the prestigious WSOP tournament Emmitt Smith was eliminated when his three tens ran into three jacks.
After his exit, a sporting Emmitt Smith announced his enthusiasm for poker and commented:
“I’m learning more about the game. From that last hand, I learned a little bit, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. You’ve got to be able to get the cards. You’ve got to be able to understand when to bet, when not to bet. And then you just go from there.”
Since joining Full Tilt, Emmitt Smith has been in action last week at the $25,000 National Heads-up Poker Championship in Las Vegas. Smith even managed to score an impressive victory over PokerStars pro David Williams before losing to Andrew Robl in the next round.
The highly successful football star has already made a good start at his new home at Full Tilt and it will now be interesting to see how the Dallas, Texas resident fares over the coming year.