But before the ex-Celtics can gear up for another championship run, Pierce was busy pushing his chips around at the World Series of Poker’s Pot-Limit Omaha tournament.
From Andrew Feldman of ESPN:
According to the Big Lead, Pierce did quite well for much of the first day and was in the top 20 in the chip count at one point.
It wasn't to be, however, as he was eliminated on Saturday evening, via Feldman:
Just passed @paulpierce34 walking out of the Rio. He's been eliminated from the PLO event.— Andrew Feldman (@AFeldmanESPN) July 7, 2013
Poker News broke down the hand that sent Pierce home:
Paul Pierce, who is set to be traded from the Boston Celtics to the Brooklyn Nets on July 10, checked on a flop of . Nadar Kakhmazov tossed out 4,000, Pierce check-raised to 24,000, and Kakhmazov moved all in. Pierce called for a few thousand more.
Pierce was drawing dead, and hit the rail when the turn and river came , respectively.
But hey, at least Pierce seemed to be having a good time.
Of course, he wasn't the only celebrity in action at the World Series of Poker (or the only celebrity having fun), as Bluff.com tweeted:
Pierce will hope the Nets' gamble pays off a bit more than his own on that final hand. He and Garnett join a solid core that already includes Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez, and it's obvious the Nets are all in for next season.
While well past his prime, Pierce was still effective last season, averaging 18.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. It will be odd to see Pierce wearing a different uniform than the Celtics green we'd all become accustomed to seeing, but in Brooklyn, he'll have a far greater chance at earning one last ring.
He obviously won't be earning a WSOP bracelet anytime soon.