*If there’s one thing we know about Kevin Hart, other than the fact he’s a funny sun of a gun, it’s that he’s willing to try anything. Maybe it’s his competitive spirit, maybe it’s the confidence being a world-class comedian gives you or maybe he suffers from a touch of short-man syndrome. Whatever it is, Mr. Hart isn’t afraid to get into something new and test his mettle.
Indeed, despite being 5 ft4 in, Hart has been lining up in the annual NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. Although he’s set to miss out in 2017 for the first time in six years, the diminutive comedian has always been one of the top players in the game.
In fact, just like the shortest player in NBA history, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues (5 ft 3 in), he’s shocked fans with his skills on the court.
From Basketball to the Gym
Hart is also a bit of a beast in the gym. Although he’s not quite at the same level as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he has been pushing his body to the limit in 2017. As part of Nike’s Inner Strength campaign, Hart recently told the media that his day starts at 5:30 am and he still finds the time to train. The aim of the Inner Strength campaign is to get people running 3-mile races around the US and then the world.
Being the “up for anything” guy he is, Hart is all over the campaign and is currently pushing himself and everyone who will listen to him. However, as much as Hart has taken a gamble in other disciplines this year, it was his recent appearance in a poker tournament that raised the most eyebrows. According to a 2016 interview with USMagazine.com, Hart described himself as a “hell of a poker player.”
Hart Testing his Poker Face
Keen-eyed observers will have also seen Hart playing poker with Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian. But in January 2017, the comedian went a few steps further by taking part in a $100,000 buy-in event. Known as a Super High Roller, the tournament not only featured an eye-watering price tag, but some of the top players in the world.
Now, there may have been a few more reasons for Hart to play than the thrill of competition. Poker is now a global sport and players can literally find a game almost anywhere in the world right now. In fact, according to a recent rundown by operator 888poker, the game is now springing up in some unusual places. Far from the original home of poker, the US, tournaments can now be found in Brazil, India and even in Lebanon inside the Hippodrome du Parc de Beyrouth in Beirut, according to 888poker.
Comedian Falls Short but Was Still Smiling
However, for Hart, one of the main draws of the $100,000 buy-in event was that it took place in the Bahamas. Nestled among the plush surroundings of the Atlantis Resort & Casino, the tournament provided the perfect opportunity for some rest, relaxation and entertainment. Of course, there was also the little matter of a $1.6 million top prize for the winner to think about.
Unfortunately, Hart couldn’t quite beat the pros on this occasion and the winner’s trophy eventually went to American Jason Koon. However, despite his failure to win, Hart not only enjoyed himself, but promised to be back at the felt as soon as his schedule allows.