It's a long journey
from being an Olympic Star to being a poker celebrity.
But then again, considering how far Michael Phelps has
come in just twenty-three years, maybe this journey is
not that far after all. And so lies the current rumors,
following a late night meeting between Phelps and poker
icon, Doyle Brunson, at Phelps' Palms Hotel Casino suite
in Las Vegas this last weekend.
As reported on
Brunson's online poker room blog, Doyle, his son Todd
and Phelps 'n company (his buddies) recently sat down to
talk about poker and who knows what else. Apparently,
Phelps is a huge fan of poker and wanted some advice
from Doyle, who got a call that the overnight Olympic
sensation wanted to meet Brunson, his son and fellow
Texan, Hoyt Corkins (whose home, you may recall, was
recently burgled while Hoyt was on tour).
In actuality, it
was Brunson who initiated the meeting, having extended
an invitation to Phelps (along with Betfair and Poker
Stars) to become a spokesperson for Doyle's Room and
member of the poker room celebrity team, which would
certainly entail Phelps' presence at high profile poker
tournaments. At just twenty-three years old, it's very
likely that Phelps may still have some wild oats to sow
(Phelps was also caught on camera groping a scantily
clad "play girl" at the Palms Casino Playboy Club).
Based on what
Brunson reported in his blog, Phelps is obsessed with
poker. So much so, in fact, he told Brunson that all he
wanted to do in life was eat, swim and play poker. After
Phelps and his buddies got some schooling from Doyle,
who gave them copies of his Super System 1 and 2
gambling books, Doyle made his way back home with
some beers in his stomach and good times to remember.
The question everybody wants to know now is whether this
is just the beginning of more good times ahead.