Ex-Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Makes Surprise Entry into 2023 WSOP Main Event
Update: Sergio Aguero has made it through Day 2 of the Main Event with a stack of 237,000. He returns to the felt at 12 p.m local time for Day 3 on Sunday, July 9.
Update Two: Aguero was eliminated from the Main Event on Day 3. He was left short by Bill Klein and busted shortly after.
One of the most exciting things about the World Series of Poker is seeing a plethora of celebrities, athletes and musicians all participating in the game we love to play. And this year has been no exception with the likes of James Woods, Broadway star Aaron Tveit and UFC fighter Colby Covington all cutting it up on the felt the last few weeks.
Then on Wednesday, July 5, a huge shock entrant rocked up to the Horseshoe and Paris, Las Vegas to play the WSOP Main Event. Former Manchester City and Argentina forward Sergio Aguero entered poker's biggest event and cruised through Day 1c and ended up bagging an above starting stack for Day 2.
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Aguero Transitioning to Poker?
Aguero has just two recorded results on The Hendon Mob. However, both cashes are from earlier this year. Aguero cashed in back-to-back days at the Argentinian Enjoy Poker Tour in February, where he came in third place in a $330 Hyper Turbo for $2,625. He then cashed in the series' $1,100 Main Event before bowing out in 24th place for another $3,295.
If you want to see some of the hands that Aguero has played on Day 2abc of the Main Event, PokerNews live reporter Adam Lamers caught some action from the man himself.
Can Aguero Emulate Max Kruse?
Plenty of soccer players have been spotted across numerous poker tables over the years, with the likes of Neymar, Ronaldo and Gerard Pique all known to have dabbled in the game. Neymar and Pique were recently spotted at various European Poker Tour stops while R9 reunited with PokerStars last summer.
Neymar and Pique have also found success when playing, but their achievements in poker are dwarfed by Max Kruse, an ex-soccer player from Germany. Kruse recently ended his decade-long pursuit of a WSOP bracelet at the 2022 WSOP Europe. The former Vfl Wolfsburg forward outlasted 413 entrants to win the €1,650 NLH Six-Max event for €134,152.
Who is Sergio Aguero?
Sergio Aguero is a former professional soccer player, having retired from the sport in 2021.
He was a striker for clubs such as Independiente, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City and FC Barcelona. He also played for the Argentinian national team on 101 occasions and participated in numerous World Cups.
He is most famous for scoring a last-minute goal for Manchester City, which helped secure his team their first-ever Premier League title.
Aguero is considered one of the best strikers in Premier League history, scoring 184 league goals across 275 appearances and also has a Gold Medal for Argentina from the 2008 Olympic Games.
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In this Series
- 1 The 2023 WSOP Main Event is Underway: Jamie Gold Ready for Record to Be Broken
- 2 Agony of Defeat: Poker Player Runs Kings into Aces Twice Vs. Same Opponent, Busts Main Event Day 1
- 3 Espen Jorstad in Action, Ready to Defend World Championship
- 4 July 5, 2019: Reliving the Craziest Day in WSOP Main Event History
- 5 Poker Boom 2.0: 2023 WSOP Main Event Officially the Largest Ever
- 6 Two Players Bust on the First Hand of 2023 WSOP Main Event Day 1D
- 7 The Greatest Show: Hellmuth and Jungleman Make Grand Entrance into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 8 Ex-Manchester City Striker Sergio Aguero Makes Surprise Entry into 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 9 Would You Fold Kings Preflop on Day 1 of the WSOP Main Event in This Spot?
- 10 Alexandra Botez & 888poker Ambassadors Make Day 2 of Main Event
- 11 Rapper Hoodie Allen Abandons Chips in Poker World Championship for Friend's Wedding
- 12 Online Poker Pioneer Isai Scheinberg Plays WSOP Main Event for the First Time
- 13 Phil Hellmuth Coolered Out of WSOP Main Event by Nicholas "Dirty Diaper" Rigby
- 14 2023 WSOP Main Event Registration Closes w/ 10,043 Entries & $12.1M to Winner
- 15 Tom Dwan Busts WSOP Main Event; What Would You Do Here?
- 16 Popular Rapper Returns in Time for Poker World Championship...And Gets Aces Cracked
- 17 The Muck: Was the WSOP Main Event Payout Structure Absurd?
- 18 Queen on the River Dashes Nicholas Rigby's WSOP Main Event Title Dreams
- 19 Pollster Nate Silver's Chances of Winning 2023 WSOP Main Event are Now 0%
- 20 Nicholas Rigby Busts Chance Kornuth in a 200 Big Blind Pot on Day 5
- 21 Moneymaker, Hachem Bust Day 5; All Past WSOP Main Event Champs Out
- 22 Nicholas Rigby Talks "Dirty Diaper" Strategy in the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 23 Nightmare Runout Knocks Alexandra Botez Out of the WSOP Main Event
- 24 Father & Daughter Make the Money of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 25 Kings Lose to Aces on the Bubble of the 2023 WSOP Main Event
- 26 Do You Know Which Poker Player Just Set the Record of Cashing Seven Consecutive Live WSOP Main Events?
- 27 2023 WSOP Main Event Hands of the Week: Royal Flush Twice in 4 Hands; Miracle Running Kings
- 28 Would You Rather Get a WSOP Main Event Seat for Life or $200,000?
- 29 Alexandra Botez Wants the WSOP Main Event Stream to Be Free; Do You Agree?
- 30 Can Some Fool's Gold Help Adam Walton Capture the 2023 WSOP Main Event Bracelet?
- 31 Jones, Weinman and Walton to Battle for 2023 WSOP Main Event Title
- 32 Pros vs. Jones: One of These 3 Players is Hours Away From Poker Immortality
- 33 Adam Walton Jams 80 Big Blind Stack Into Pocket Aces, Busts WSOP Main Event
- 34 Daniel Weinman Wins Record-Breaking 2023 WSOP Main Event for $12,100,000
- 35 How Much Money Players at 2023 WSOP Main Event Final Table Really Made