Retired NBA star Paul Pierce allegedly won’t pay his poker debt

Boston Celtics legend Paul Pierce He owes the home poker host $180,000, according to a lawsuit, but is allegedly refusing to pay it.

Stephen Carmona, according to TMZ Sports, claims to have hosted a private game at his home on January 27 and invited the NBA Hall of Famer, an avid but entertaining poker player. Apparently he gave Pierce a $150,000 loan to get into the high stakes game with a promise to pay it back within seven days.

The lawsuit states that the retired basketball star returned only $10,000 of that money and then borrowed another $40,000 from Carmona to compete in a different game, but he allegedly didn’t pay back any of that either. Pierce reportedly made around $200 million in salary and endorsement deals during his 17-year career in the NBA.

Accumulating huge debts is nothing new in the high-stakes poker community, although one would expect a celebrity who has earned hundreds of millions of dollars in their life to have no problem paying off such a small, relatively speaking amount.

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Paul Pierce competes in the World Series of Poker.

Pierce has not made a public statement regarding the accusations, so it is not known why he allegedly refused to make Carmona complete. The former Celtics striker has played poker for years and has competed in World Series of Poker Main event multiple times, along with some other bracelet events.

Also compete in PokerGO’s Poker after dark In 2019 at an exciting table that included Phil HellmouthAnd the Jennifer TillyAnd the Alan Keatingand the late Mike Sexton. In one hand, which you can watch below, the basketball star known as “The Truth” was pre-positioned with {j-Spades}{j-Clubs} against Keating {k clubs}{j-Diamonds}. With $40,500 in bet, they agreed to play it twice, and the best hand both times.

Heck of a career

Pierce is known more for his hardwood prowess than he feels. Attended University of Kansas He was a consensus All-American in 1998. He was then selected that summer by the Boston Celtics with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft.

The former Jayhawks forward became an instant star in the NBA, averaging more than 20 points per game in eight different seasons. For his career, which spanned 18 seasons with four different teams (15 seasons in Boston), he averaged 19.5 points per game and 5.6 rebounds.

He was part of the memorable 2008 Celtics NBA Championship squad that included three future Hall of Famers – Pierce, Ray AllenAnd the Kevin Garnett. At age 43, Pierce was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2021, his first year of eligibility.

On Monday, Pierce will watch his former team compete in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors. The best chain out of seven in two games is tied to the piece. Boston is looking for its 18th NBA title, which would put the franchise alone in the number one spot ever, one lead over the Los Angeles Lakers.

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