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Gianluigi Buffon is obviously one of the greatest, if not the greatest, goalkeeper in the history of football. Gigi’s excellent performances against England and Germany helped the Italian squad in moving on to the finals of Euro 2012 against Spain. However, now that he is approaching twilight of his career, Buffon appears to be developing a new passion…
That passion is POKER!
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Gigi was introduced to the game of poker based on his celebrity status with Juventus. Years ago, he was asked to play in a charity tournament and once he did so, he fell in love with the game. In an interview, Buffon once said that he “saw the dynamics of the game and it was really great.”
Buffon continued to work on his game and eventually his skills were noticed by online site Pokerstars.com. The Italian goalkeeper joined PokerStars in 2010 as one of their “sports stars” celebrity players. From that point on, Buffon has acted as an ambassador for the online site and has played in numerous live and online tournaments. Some of the live events that he has played in have included several stops on the European Poker Tour.
When asked why Gigi was picked for the role, a representative with PokerStars stated that “His sporting and competitive spirit embodies the values of our brand, and we feel very proud that the number one goalkeeper in the world decided to represent the number one poker site in Italy.”
However, it is a role that Gigi has taken on willingly and looks forward to. “I love living life to the fullest“, he stated. “I know there will be many commitments, but I love playing poker and the opportunity to join the world’s largest poker site is an honor and a great challenge. I can’t wait to play against Team PokerStars Pros and I’m ready to have lots of fun playing against everyone who wants to take me on“.
Players can find and play against Buffon under his username ‘gigibuffon‘.
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So far, Gigi has not set the poker world ablaze like he has the football world, but then again his attention is primarily focused with Juventus. Once he finally hangs up his gloves (pray that time comes as late as humanly possible), Gigi will be able to fully devote himself towards his new-found passion.
It should only be a matter of time before you start hearing “Gigi!” chants at poker events…