Richard Seymour discusses poker career: 'Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive'

Ryan Hannable
July 16, 2019 - 8:19 am

Former Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour recently finished 131st at the World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas where he earned $59,295. 

Seymour opened up to Yahoo! Sports on his poker career and what it means to him.

"Once you’re done playing football you still have a competitive drive,” Seymour said. “Poker is an outlet for me where I have a competitive drive, you have to be very cerebral. It requires a lot like it did for me in football – I have to be patient, I have to know how to pick my spots, pay attention to guys’ tendencies. It was just a natural progression after leaving sports at a high level.”

He added: “I started Day 5 with like 2.7 million in chips and at my peak I was at 3.6 million,” Seymour told Yahoo Sports on Sunday from Las Vegas. “Our starting stack is 60,000. To run 60,000 up to 3.6 million is a pretty big deal.”

The former Patriots great started learning poker from his dad and began playing competitively after retiring in 2012. He's even used his Super Bowl ring as a chip holder to intimidate competitors at the table.

“Some guys play me differently because they say, ‘If I knock Richard Seymour out it’s a cool story to tell my buddies’,” Seymour said. “Which I don’t mind that, it just depends on how I’m feeling that day.

“My temperament fits poker well; I’m naturally kind of reserved, I’m not super emotional one way or another, so if bad things happen, which they’re going to in poker, it’s about how do you respond?”

The 39-year-old has been a Patriots Hall of Fame finalist for a few years and has even received considering for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as well.

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