Tony Parker's second act is headed to Las Vegas.
The San Antonio Spurs legend has qualified for the 2021 World Series of Poker main event, according to the San Antonio Express-News. He is reportedly the first player overall to qualify for this year's event, which typically attracts several thousands of players.
Parker reportedly qualified by winning The PM Group's Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Poker in January. The win earned him an automatic invitation to the WSOP.
From Gregory Chochon, director of the World Series of Poker for Caesars Entertainment, via the Express-News:
"He is very excited to play the Main Event for the first time," Chochon said. "Because of his career, he never had the time to participate but he is ready for the challenge. We always promote poker as a sport, so Tony's qualification is great news!"
The WSOP main event, known as the biggest event in poker, is a no-limit Texas Hold 'Em tournament with a $10,000 buy-in. The 2021 event will be held at the Rio Hotel and Casino starting on Nov. 4.
The 2019 version of the tournament featured a top prize of $10 million (2020's event was postponed and limited by the COVID-19 pandemic). With more than $160 million in career earnings in the NBA, per Spotrac, Parker hardly needs the money, but sometimes a man just has to compete.