August 14, 2022

Legendary highstakes poker player Haralabos Voulgari…

Former highstakes poker player Haralabos Voulgaris has bought himself a football club, although it is not an American football club but rather a Spanish football club…

Winnipeg-born Voulgaris has over $3 million in recorded winnings on Hendon Mob, part of it thanks to a 4th place finish at the 2017 WSOP High Roller for One where he turned his buy-in from $111,111 to 1,158,883 $ in cash.

He has also participated in several televised cash games, landing the aces against Phil Galfond in a memorable 2017 Poker After Dark hand…

Responding to the news of his alleged purchase of Spanish Primera Federación 3rd division club Club Deportivo (CD) Castellón, and after being described as a former poker pro, Voulgaris admits: “I was never a poker pro (or even close) and I’ve already bought the team.”

After making a name for himself as one of the most prolific sports bettors in the world, with a focus on basketball and the NBA in particular, the Canadian legend was recruited as an analyst for the Dallas Mavericks.

Starting as an occasional consultant to billionaire Mavericks owner Mark Cuban over the past decade, Voulgaris became director of quantitative research and development in 2018.

However, it ended somewhat acrimoniously last summer when longtime Mavs general manager and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson was fired, and Voulgaris chose not to continue in the role. his role.

“I’m an acquired taste,” Voulgaris told ESPN, adding, “I was dealing with a group of people who are upset that someone else has the owner’s ear and that’s not not the case.”

Voulgaris once said he wanted to buy his own basketball team – something highstakes legend Antanas “Tony G” Guoga did in his native Lithuania – but it looks like football is the future of the affectionately nicknamed “Haralabob” or simply “Bob”.