NBA star Paul Pierce is one of the 2,181 who took a seat on day 1C of the 2011 main event. Nearing the end of the day, the 33-year-old poker enthusiast had a stack of more than 70,000, and was in good shape to survive to continue the grind on day 2A.Card Player caught up with the basketball pro on a break for a quick chat:Brian Pempus: So, how has your day been going so far? Looks like you have a decent chip stack right now.Paul Pierce: It’s been going pretty solid. Just been trying to maintain the pace. My game plan today was just to take my time and take advantage of any opportunities to get some chips. I’m not trying to rush anything.BP: What do you enjoy about the game of poker?PP: Poker really helps you use your brain, plan and implement some strategy. You have to play your cards and your opponent. I have always been a competitive person, and this drive comes out in me at the poker table. I love the competitiveness of poker. I’ve been playing the game for a few years and I think I’ve gotten pretty good.BP: What are some of the similarities between poker and basketball? Specifically the main event at the World Series of Poker and the postseason of your sport.PP: You need to have concentration and focus in both areas, and those are very important in any activity you are doing. Sometimes you have to be aggressive, and sometimes things are just out of your control and up to luck. [The main event] is just like winning an NBA championship, it’s going to take skills and some luck.For all of the latest WSOP information, check out Card Player’s WSOP landing page .
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