24th | Farewell to Rene Angelil

Sundays are usually reserved for celebrities on PokerStats, this edition is no different, except it goes to honor a showbiz legend and part-time poker player who passed away last week …

Rene Angelil was laid to rest of Saturday. Best known for guiding Celine Dion to superstardom (both as a manager and a supportive husband), Angelil has a passion for poker and played as much as someone with a busy schedule such as his could. Many poker players made a point to Tweet out the fact that he one on the nicest persons to ever enter the world of poker.

His final career cash would end up being one of the most impressive of his part-time career on the circuit, a 24th place finish at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at Bellagio in December 2014. He earned a total of 63 career results on the circuit, 8 victories, and a combined 11 scores in WSOP and WPT events.

You can watch Angelil play Hollywood star Shannon Elizabeth in the first round of the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship:

Rest in peace, Rene.

*Photo courtesy of Hold’emPix/TheHendonMob Database


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