The most impressive performance from a celebrity/athlete in tournament history has come from former New England Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Everyone remaining in the tournament is guaranteed to make money as a prize pool of over $80 million will be split between the top 15 percent of finishers (1,285 players) accord to Forbes. His stack rose and fell but largely stayed within a reasonable distance of the 2.75 million chips he started with.
Seymour peaked early in the day with about 3.6 million chips and spent a brief stretch playing with another National Football League alumnus, former Detroit Lions tight end Eric Stocz.
According to WSOP.com, Seymour had "life" late, but "a queen on the turn doomed him".
He bet all-in for 725,000 and faced two other players with his tournament on the line.
If Seymour could have made it to the final table, not only would he have had a chance to take home a diamond bracelet, but he'd also have a shot at winning the $10 million in prize money that will be handed out to the victor of the main event.
He'd go all in with those 725,000 chips only to lose to a full house, despite holding three kings.
Seymour's career as a professional poker player appears to be on the rise, and prior to his recent event had a career earnings of $638,293.