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Michael Phelps invited to play in Asian Poker Tour


Since winning eight gold medals last year, Michael Phelps has done everything from host Saturday Night Live to gain notoriety for a photo of him with a bong.

But now there's something new for him to add to the list, not far from where he won all that hardware: Play in the Asian Poker Tour.

The Asian Poker Tour, whose next event is Aug. 12-23 at gambling-crazy Macau, sent Phelps a letter inviting him to play next weekend, according to a press release published on The Casino City Times.
An excerpt of their plea:

Some media reports even suggest that you may have got in with the wrong crowd in the last 12 months – we promise to keep you out of trouble. We'll give you access to pools of sharks, fish and those that you swim in! If you don't want to bring your goggles, fair enough, bring a pair of sunglasses and your poker face!

Phelps, who has played in several small tournaments at Caesar's Palace (he's at the table in the photo here) in Las Vegas, has yet to respond.

The event will form the backdrop to a "potentially groundbreaking" Chinese language poker film provisionally titled Poker King, The Asian Poker Tour says. Johnny Chan and "The Poker Pack," comprised of J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Steve Sung, Quinn Do, David "Chino" Rheem and Kwang Soo Lee are coming to play and will be part of the movie, the APT says.

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NICK SORTAL began playing 3-card "gut" and "Indian poker" on high school band trips, moved on to "night baseball" and "pass the trash" during a Dr. Pepper-infused midnight game in the 1980s at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and now play in a regular neighborhood Hold 'Em game in Plantation. I have been given the assignment of writing about the gambling life in South Florida casinos for the Sun-Sentinel...which means sitting around watching poker on TV now counts as research.
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