Comedian Kevin Hart Plays Some Serious Poker in Monte Carlo

April 28th, 2017 | by Kaycee James

Comedian Kevin Hart is back at the poker tables and this time he’s taking on the best players on the planet in Monte Carlo.

Kevin Hart PokerStars super high roller.

Hollywood comedian Kevin Hart is using some of the $87.5 million he made in 2016 to take part in PokerStars’ latest super high roller. (Image: ellentv.com)

The American stand-up comedian and actor has been a longtime fan of poker and recently made an appearance in the Bahamas for PokerStars’ first Championship festival.

On that occasion he lined up alongside the likes of Daniel Negreanu and Steve O’Dwyer in the $100,000 and this time he’s doing something similar in Monte Carlo.

Although Hart doesn’t quite have the poker experience as his competitors, he was the highest paid comedian in the world in 2016. According to Forbes, Hart made $87.5 million between June 2015 and June 2016 which was $34 million more than his closest rival, Jerry Seinfeld.

It’s About More than Money for Hart

With that kind of earning power, it’s pretty clear Hart won’t be too worried about the €100,000/$109,000 entry fee, in fact he told Pokernews back in January 2017 that he’s in it for the competition.

During his run in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas earlier this year, Hart told the live updates team that just being able to hold his own against the top pros in the world was like a “pat on the back.”

In the latest PokerStars Championship event in Monte Carlo, Hart found another reason to congratulate himself after he made Day 2 of the Super High Roller. Although he wasn’t able to challenge the likes of Negreanu, Daniel Dvoress and Igor Kurganov for a place in the top ten, he was one of the 38 players to make through the first session.

Bilzerian Slams Hart’s Skills

Although Hart isn’t usually among the players making the second day of a Super High Rollers, he’s not a stranger to some of his opponents.

Despite being fairly elusive on the tournament scene, Hart is a big cash game player and often plays in some high stakes games alongside celebrities and poker pros. In fact, one of Hart’s closest poker buddies is Dan Bilzerian.

Back in June 2016, Bilzerian let the world know exactly what he thought of Hart’s poker skills when the Hollywood star failed to raise an opponent on the river when he was holding quads.

“This @KevinHart4real is so f*****g bad at poker, a guy bets into him on the river, Kevin has quads and doesn’t raise him,” tweeted Bilzerian.

While that may have been a lapse of concentration from Hart, it’s not something he’ll want to repeat if he going to continue making moves in the game’s toughest super high rollers.

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