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Game on! The 2015 National Hockey League season begins tonight! Some NHL stars aren’t just amazing on the ice – but can carry their weight at the poker table as well …
Phil Kessel has collected four cashes in the past three years at the World Series of Poker, including a pair of scores this summer in Las Vegas. He has earned $10,449 on the live tournament circuit … still quite a ways from the $10,000,000 he will earn playing in the NHL this season.
Having played the past six seasons in Toronto for the Maple Leafs, Kessel befriended poker superstar Daniel Negreanu, a Toronto native who cheers on his home team with a passion. Kid Poker took Kessel under his wing, helping him develop his game. However, Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summer – no word yet on if Negreanu will be asked to travel to Pennsylvania this winter.
Top 5 | Kessel’s scores on the circuit
1- $15,000, PokerStars NHL Tournament, Jan 2014 (donated to charity)
2- $3,502, WSOP Monster Stack, 2014
3- $3,217, WSOP $1,500 NLH, 2015
4- $2,730, WSOP $1,500 NLH, 2013
5- $1,000, WSOP DraftKings 50/50, 2015
*Photo credit: PokerStars