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Gossip Column: Ronan Keating Says He Lent Leonardo DiCaprio Money to Play Poker & Doyle Brunson to Feature in 2 ‘Poker After Dark’ Episodes at Bobby’s Room

Leonardo DiCaprio and Doyle Brunson
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  • PG News October 15, 2018
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There are many interesting moments that occur at a poker game and even beyond the felts, that go unreported and are dug out later, to gloss over. In one such incident, Boyzone`s lead singer Ronan Keating has claimed that Hollywood super star Leonardo DiCaprio owes him money that he lent him at a poker game. The incident happened in 2013, according to Keating, when the two were together on a poker table in Sydney. We are wondering why Keating took so long to narrate the story, but then.

Meanwhile, poker legend Doyle Brunson may have announced that this year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) could be his last, but he looks in no mood to retire from poker. Brunson will return to his favorite Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio next week, for two mixed game sessions that will be aired on PokerGO’s ‘Poker After Dark.’ With Brunson in the mix, it’s going to be interesting episodes to catch up on!

Ronan Keating Claims Leonardo DiCaprio Owes Him Money For Poker Game

Leonardo DiCaprio is certainly one of the most renowned Hollywood actors of his generation and it’s never surprising to hear a celeb being surrounded by shock tales or gossip. The latest story on DiCaprio comes fresh from Irish singer and musician Ronan Keating who claims that Leonardo DiCaprio owes him money from a poker game!

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio

The Boyzone singer spoke about this during an Australian radio telecast last weekend. The two, he claimed, were in a game of poker together, way back in 2013, when DiCaprio ran short of cash. According to Keating, he lent DiCaprio the money to play, but the actor never returned the cash.

We played some cards in Sydney a couple of years ago when he was doing The Great Gatsby. I think I loaned him a couple of hundred dollars to get in the game and then I think he won and never paid me back!”

Keating has been quite verbal about his equation with different celebrities off late. We recall Keating opening up on his fallout with entertainment manager, Louis Walsh, during his recent appearance on Dan Wooton’s podcast.

“I don’t have any relationship with Louis,” he said, “But I don’t think Boyzone would be here today if it wasn’t for the fight that Louis put up for us when everybody else in Ireland laughed and said there won’t be an Irish boyband. We owe Louis that and I will always, always give him that,” Keating had said.

This time clearly, Keating has DiCaprio on his mind. The Boyzone singer reminisced that when he and DiCaprio were together playing cards in Sydney, they had laughed over the time when DiCaprio had auditioned for Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 jukebox musical romantic comedy film, Moulin Rouge.

“I said, Man, what about… Moulin Rouge? F**k me, I couldn’t act! Leosaid, “Hey, Ronan, you couldn’t act, and I couldn’t f**king sing for s**t!” While DiCaprio is still to acknowledge that he owes Keating a couple of hundred dollars over poker, for now, we will just have to take Keating’s word for it.

Doyle Brunson to Feature in 2 ‘Poker After Dark’ Episodes Playing Mixed Game at Bobby’s Room

Whoever said that poker veteran Doyle Brunson is retiring this year must have been joking. Oh no, wait, didn’t Brunson who made an appearance at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) this summer, himself hint to the same? Well, Brunson looks nowhere close to retirement. ‘TexDolly’ as he is known on Twitter where he is quite an active face in poker will be headlining two special ‘Poker After Dark’ game sessions being hosted at Bobby’s Room at the Bellagio on October 23-24.

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson

Brian Rast shared news of the upcoming $1,500/$3,000 Mixed Game action at the Bobby’s Room and Brunson’s participation on Twitter. He hinted that the side bets might be just as interesting as the stakes at the table.

Rast also shared the PokerGO tweet announcing the same.

Looks like Brunson will be joined by a lineup of cash game specialists, including Gun Hansen, Scott Seiver, Nick Schulman and Dan Cates. The episodes certainly promise to pack a punch.

While we have seen Hansen camp at Vegas this summer, logging in 652 hours over 70 days at the Bobby’s Room, the poker room also happens to be Brunson’s favorite. While Brunson is clearly not retiring anytime soon, the mixed games features $50,000 buy-ins, and with the heavyweights expected to be in attendance, the episodes are sure to bring action-packed moments in the coming week!

That’s all, for this round of gossips. Catch us soon at PokerGuru, if the gaming fraternity and their juicy tales of controversies and rumors interest you.

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