Cristiano Ronaldo Playing Jungleman12, Antonius At Full Tilt Poker?December 6, 2010 8:58 am
If the rumours are true, then one of the world’s most expensive soccer players took some time off to relax recently and headed to Full Tilt’s virtual felts, where he mixed it up against the likes of such poker pros as Daniel “jungleman12” Cates and Patrik Antonius.
A few days ago “jungleman12” was playing well below the usual $200/$400 NL hold’em stakes he plays against fellow pro Tom Dwan and sat down to some HU $1/$2 PLO against “CR7sete,” instead.
Cristiano Ronaldo is inextricably linked with the legend CR7, as he wears the No.7 jersey for Real Madrid where he receives £11 million per year as the highest paid football player in the world. In addition, he has also trademarked the motif CR7 and opened two fashion boutiques in Portugal under the same name.
Besides, “jungleman12” could hardly contain his surprise at the time and posted on his twitter; “Playing on full tilt vs Cristiano Ronaldo…I’m winning lol, fortunately not playing football.”
A few days down the line, and “CR7sete” had moved on up from PL200 and was spotted playing $25/$50 NL Hold’em Heads-Up, this time against Patrik Antonius.
Although a leap up in stakes for the player believed to be Cristiano Ronaldo, a couple of observers were contemplating why Antonius was playing so low, when CR7sete typed in:
“Didnt move down in levels…we are friends.”
When their session had finished, CR7sete had won a little bit of money from the Finnish pro with the conversation finishing:
Patrik Antonius: wp champ
Patrik Antonius: footbol and poker good
Patrik Antonius: tennis is so so…
Patrik Antonius: ciao
CR7sete: I go the car now…
CR7sete: Good game…play tomorow
CR7sete: o text my mobile….
Patrik Antonius: ok
Patrik Antonius: ciao
The twoplustwo forum then picked up the story, with a few members contemplating that he might either have been playing a friendly game against the pros or alternatively been taking some poker lessons. Daniel “jungleman12” Cates, for instance, is known to charge $1000/hr for coaching lessons, rising to $2000/hr if you play at $25/$50 and above.
However, only a few members questioned it was actually Cristiano Ronaldo at Full Tilt’s poker tables, with poster kgr00 writing;
“Yeah thats him, he is a bit of a player, mentioned back in an MU [Manchester United] TV interview ages back when he was playing for them.”