Some of my favorite poker stories are playing against celebrities and athletes. One night during my wild New Orleans days in 2013, I was playing in a live $1-$3 No Limit game. I got a text from someone else at the table that said “Do you know who that is? It is Channing Tatum!”
Being completely oblivious to pop culture, I did not have a freaking clue who the actor was. This was right after 21 Jump Street too. Tatum has Mississippi Coast ties and owned the bar Saints & Sinners in New Orleans.
We started battling at the poker table and I wrecked him! I literally must have won 20-25 hands in a row against him. It was out of control.
Finally he said “I need to start taking some poker lessons from you.” As I always try to do, I decided to seize the moment.
I popped back “I will give you poker lessons if you will hook me up with some of the many women you pass on every day!”
He got a kick out of the reply and actually gave me his cell phone number. I followed up a couple weeks later and got ghosted.
Can’t book ‘em all!
I told that story on the newest episode of Crackin’ Aces with Nate and Smitty. This was a wild episode filled with old poker stories and WSOP talk as Phil Hellmuth won his 16th bracelet.
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