Most have hung up their boots and gloves and traded lush green fields for green felt tables. With stacks of cash from their glory years and a whole lot of time on their hands, they’ve taken to churning out enormous profits from playing the ancient and hallowed sport of table games and sports betting.
5. Rafael Nadal
Tennis pro and 14-time Grand Slam champion, Rafa Nadal, took his love of poker to an online poker tournament – and won. He has since been harnessing his talent off the court in various charity poker games and just keeps winning.
4. Steve Davis
This world-renown snooker champion is also a televised poker tournament veteran. He has scaled up and down the ranks, netting a notable $20,617 at the 2006 World Series of Poker.
3. Teddy Sheringham
Former football ace, Teddy Sheringham, made it to the final table in the EPT Vilamoura poker tournament in 2010 and took home €93,000. This is just a highlight in a shimmering gambling career which has netted him winnings estimated at over £206,000.
2. Michael Owen
Football champion Michael Owen was so keen for betting on the horses, he established his own special stable that breeds racehorses of his own, called Manor House Stables and is located in Cheshire, England. He has seen major success since.
1. Floyd Mayweather
Mayweather’s prowess in the ring also translates into his giant – and inevitably lucrative – sports bets. He has won amounts of $200,000, $830,000, $500,000… and the amounts keep stacking up, however none quite so vast as his $6.5 million win for betting on a single NBA match. He is known to post photos of his betting receipts on his Instagram.
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