Poker is a natural fit for many athletes, especially those that compete in team sports as poker is a pretty natural way to kill the time on long road trips.
While a lot of athletes just like to gamble and try to get the best of teammates, others have put some time and effort in at the poker tables to improve their game - even to the point that some can hold their own with the world's top poker players.
You're still more likely to see pro athletes at theÂ craps orÂ blackjack tables but the below athletes have proven that they aren't one trick ponies and have decent poker chops as well:
1. Jan Vang SÃ¸rensen: SÃ¸rensen was a Danish footballer who retired early due to injury but found a competitive outlet in the form of poker and has never looked back.
He's got over $2 million in lifetime earnings on the tournament circuit, two WSOP bracelets, and a $800,000 cash for his win at the 2008 Masters Classics of Poker tournament.
2. Teddy Sheringham: Sheringham is another former footballer who's had plenty of poker success, winning nearly $300,000 in tournaments since he started playing regularly in 2005.
3. Tony Cascarino: It's a hat trick for footballers with Cascarino coming in at #3 on our list; he's won nearly $600,000 on the tournament circuit with much of it ($283,412) coming from his win in a UK Grosvenor Poker Tour event.
4. Shane Warne: The famous cricketer is sponsored by 888 Casino and has been a regular at the Aussie Millions and WSOP tournaments the last few years.
He hasn't had a huge payday yet but has won just shy of $50,000 in tournaments.
5. Boris Becker: Sponsored by PokerStars, Becker has cashed in at least three different high-level tournaments including winning just over $40,000 at the World Poker Tour Championship in 2009.