Gerard Pique And Arturo Vidal Won Nearly €500k At A Poker Tournament
Barcelona pair Gerard Pique and Arturo Vidal took home a combined 487,410 euros from the Casino of Barcelona after playing in a single day tournament at the weekend.
Both Pique and Vidal played a part in Barcelona's 5-2 win over Real Betis on Sunday night, with the former from the start, but it wasn't their only big win of the weekend.
The defender walked away from the Single-Day High Roller poker tournament with 352,950 euros in winnings whilst his teammate won 134,460 euros.
Piqué and Vidal have won almost half a million euros together at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona.
The footballers were playing in a game at the Barcelona Casino and it's not the first time Piqué has won a big sum at the European Poker Tour. [as] pic.twitter.com/L5Can8UtfH
- barcacentre (@barcacentre) August 27, 2019
From soccer stars to PokerStars. :soccer: :arrow_right: :spades:@3gerardpique and @kingarturo23 put in a great performance at #EPTBarcelona, cashing for over €487K! pic.twitter.com/fFu3amhlPW
- PokerStars (@PokerStars) August 27, 2019
Whilst the two La Liga winners had impressive nights neither of them won the tournament with Juan Pardo the eventual winner, beating Pique into second and Vidal into fifth.
Pique had played the full 90 minutes against Betis as Ernesto Valverde's side bounced back from an opening day defeat to Athletic Bilbao with a 5-2 win.
Midfielder Vidal came on in the 74th minute but it took him just three minutes to involve himself in the game as he scored Barca's final goal before Loren scored a consolation.
It's not the first time a Barcelona player has been in the news for his poker playing. In the summer of 2016 Neymar, then still at the Nou Camp, won a $10,000 seat in the World Series of Poker main event.
The Brazilian could soon be back in Spain with the La Liga champions, and have some poker buddies, with news that talks are ongoing between PSG and Barca for the forward.
Barca are reported to have offered 170 million euros for the player they sold for 220 million euros just two years ago, the 27-year-old has been left out of Thomas Tuchel's squad for the first three Ligue 1 games of the season.