David Haye Knocked for Six by Poker but Loves It

David Haye has told TalkSPORT that poker isn’t as easy as he thought it would be despite his competitive nature.

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David Haye admits that he’s been bitten by the poker bug as he prepares to take on the GUKPT Goliath. (Image: Press Association/Standard.co.uk)

Appearing on the Kelly and Quinney show, the retired world champion admitted overconfidence was almost his downfall. Despite his initial ego, he has since become a solid player according to his coach Jeff Kimber.

Poker Bug Bites David Haye

The man himself admits that he’s now caught the poker bug and that’s allowed him to work on his weaknesses.

Last night we went to the Vic and David played with us watching on cameras from another room and we couldn’t tell anything from his face,” Kimber said.

With his poker face in check, David Haye is playing daily tournaments at one of Grosvenor’s leading London venues. On top of that, regular home games have helped the ex-athlete understand the subtle nuances that go into every single hand.

Although he’s playing better than ever, a recent outing in Manila still stirred his emotions. Despite facing some of the toughest boxers in history, a few rounds at the felt still make Haye nervous.

Slaying Goliath Isn’t Easy

If he’s going to slay the Goliath in July, he’ll need to quell his fears. Since Grosvenor launched the event back in 2011, it’s grown in size.

The initial goal was to create the largest live tournament outside of the US and the organisers have managed that year after year. From an initial field of 1,765, 2018’s showdown attracted 7,500 entries.

For any player to come through a field of that size is an impressive feat. However, for David Haye, it would be a remarkable achievement.

Prior to accepting Grosvenor’s challenge, the retired boxer barely knew the rules. In fact, during an early training session, he admitted that distinguishing between clubs and spades was an issue.

Fast-forward a few months and Haye recently cashed in an APT event in Manila. If he can maintain that level of progression, cashing in the Goliath is a possibility.

But, even if he falls short, it seems he’s found a new passion outside of the ring.

In closing his interview with TalkSPORT, Haye said he loved the “challenge” of poker and becoming good at something he’s not good at.

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