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Phelps Gets High on $5,000 Pot

10/21/2008 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Phelps has a serious chip on his shoulder -- and even more in his pockets.

Captain Speedo is on a serious mission to become a respected world-class poker player ... and he's off to a pretty good start. Phelps hit the poker room at the Bellagio in Vegas the other day, where he strapped on his iPod, cracked open a Bud Lite, and ponied up at a no-limit Texas Hold 'em game.

We're told at one point, Phelps raked in a pot worth around $5,000! But there's more...

Over the weekend, Phelps entered a No Limit tourney at Caesars Palace, where he placed 9th out of 187 entrants. In fact, he did so well, Phelps was even awarded a cheesy gold medallion. Gotta love that.

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Winston Smith    

Hey, kami, before you call anyone ELSE a loser, learn how to spell loser. Here's how loser is spelled: loser. And Michael Phelps IS better than you. So are Tiger Woods, Rafael Nadal and Annika Sorenstam. They can't even pay for dinner at a restaurant - unless they insist. That's how cool they are. People will pay six figures to spend an hour with these people. What's your rate? I'm glad there are people as fabulous as Michael Phelps. They do marvelous things. They inspire millions. They make interesting reading. No one would give six bits for my story. Yours?

2159 days ago


his a wreck

2158 days ago


I think that people who are hating on Michael have nothing better to do w/ their time. He is a good friend and always woriied about your thoughts! By the way Michael, you look GREAT in that ENERGIE hoodie! Good thing there is a store in the FORUM SHOPS in LAS VEGAS> :) -E

2156 days ago


to number 18 respons, Phil Ivey makes you happy,but Michael Phelps really inspires me.

He hates to lose and can do everything well. Wow.poker ,he enjoys it.

2129 days ago
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