With his swimming career over, Michael Phelps has found a new way to occupy his time by taking part in the 2017 World Series of Poker tag team event.
Per David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Phelps is teaming up with Antonio Esfandiari, Jeff Gross and Brian Rast in the $10,000 buy-in Tag Team No-limit Hold ’em tournament that started in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
“Really, just being able to come out here—especially this event, the Tag Team event—it’s just fun, getting together with a couple of guys and literally just enjoying ourselves,” he said. “It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, and now I semi have the freedom to.”
Phelps also noted he intends to donate any winnings from the World Series of Poker to charity and that he would “like to play more” in the future.
The 31-year-old Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history. He won a total of 28 medals, including 23 gold medals, in four Olympics from 2004 to 2016. He retired from Olympic competition following the 2016 Rio Games.
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