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PokerGuru Gossip Column: Antonio Esfandiari to Fight Kevin Hart, Daniel Merrilees Challenges Luke Schwartz to a Boxing Match & More

PokerGuru Gossip Column: Antonio Esfandiari to Fight Kevin Hart
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  • PG News July 31, 2018
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It’s been hectic back home with the five-day Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) hosted in Goa that just wrapped up yesterday. And even while the short-deck poker format at the ongoing Triton Jeju events kept us busy, a lot has been happening in the international poker circuit that you just can’t afford to miss!

In this edition of our PokerGuru Gossip Column, we bring you three juicy updates. Our first story features Antonio Esfandiari, who has confirmed in an interview with TMZ Sports that he will face actor, comedian and poker player Kevin Hart in a boxing match in March 2019.

Next we move to a war of words between poker pros Luke Schwartz and Daniel Merrilees on Twitter that finally had Merrilees challenge Schwartz to a boxing match for £200,000.

Our third and final storyfocuses on Tom Dwan who, after promising his fans in April to be more active on Twitter, was recently seen asking for advice during an event in the Triton Super High Roller Series in Jeju where Dwan bought into the HK$500,000 Event. So here it is folks, get on with checking out these entertaining tidbits tabled only for you!

Antonio Esfandiari Says He’ll Box Actor Kevin Hart in March 2019

Boxing matches seem to be in these days. Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari has now confirmed that he and actor, comedian Kevin Hart have agreed to a boxing match early next year. The 39-year old poker pro broke the news recently to TMZ Sports.

Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart

“Kevin Hart and I were playing [poker] the other day, we were hanging out, and somehow boxing comes up,” he said. “So, we made a bet. And, in March, around March, we are going to box in a ring,” sfandiari said.

It may seem like a tall order for Hart who is just five feet, four inches in height and will bout against the six-footer Esfandiari, but Hart looks to be the fitter of the two right now and already boxes as part of his workout routine.

Morning work #HustleHart #MoveWithHart #Progression

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Esfandiari seems to agree. According to him, he had 35-to-one odds to win the fight against Hart because Hart was in a much better shape and is “an athlete and fast as hell.” Right now, it’s not clear whether the two will decide on a pre-determined weight but it is being presumed that the match will be held in Las Vegas.

Watch Esfandiari’s interview with TMZ Sports here.

Daniel Merrilees Challenges Luke ‘Full_Flush’ Schwartz to A £200,000 Boxing Match

It’s been a hot summer and disputes between poker celebs off the tables have been grabbing newspace for sometime now, with a verbal face-off between Shaun Deeb and Will Kassouf followed by the continued conflict between Doug Polk and Fernando ‘Jnandez’ Habegger.

And now, Luke Schwartz seems to have jumped into the conflict bandwagon against fellow Brit Daniel Merrilees. The two were spotted warring on Twitter and Merrilees finally ended up challenging Schwartz to a boxing match!

It began with Schwartz’s statement on Twitter where he said that he was once the best player in the world.

To this, Merrilees expressed his doubts.

Evidently, Schwartz didn’t like that too much, and a war of words ensued.

Josh Green also jumped into the conversation.

Schwartz’ reply had Merrilees challenge him to a boxing match.

While it’s really unclear if the two would really duel in the boxing ring, if Schwartz does take up the challenge, it will be an interesting one to watch, with the winner taking home a whopping £200,000!

Tom Dwan Tweets For Advice During Triton HK$500,000 Event

Poker pro Tom Dwan has been keeping a low profile on Twitter, but announced in April end, that he would start tweeting more frequently again. While he was quiet for a good few months after, Dwan tweeted on his entry in the HK$500,000 event in the Triton Super High Roller Series, currently underway in Jeju.

Dwan survived through to the final 20 players and here is where he tweeted details of a hand, asking for advice.

He certainly did not get very useful advice from any of his followers.

Eventually, Dwan’s run ended on the final table where he clashed with the likes of Jason Koon and Rui Cao and was eliminated in fifth place for HK$1.9 Million. While Twitter is really not the right place to hunt for poker advice, it’s good to see Dwan active on social media!

So that’s all for this edition of our PokerGuru Gossip Column! Check in with us soon, to get many more entertaining updates from the world of poker.

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