Las Vegas is familiar with special guest appearances, being a town built on the reputations of generation after generation of stars. Today the poker world got a visit from a soccer star (and PokerStar), in the form of Neymar Jr.

neymar_ramos_danzer_wsop.jpgRamos, Neymar, Danzer, Akkari: a little poker between friends
Given his arrival at EPT Barcelona last summer caused something of a stir, one can only imagine the effect he had walking into the Amazon Room in front of hundreds of poker players in other events, suddenly ditching their pre-match plan of total concentration.

neymar_line_up_wsop.jpgThe pre-match photo
Neymar Jr is stateside right now, enjoying the few weeks of the year that are considered “post season” before they quickly become “pre-season”, and while passing through he hooked up with friend and countryman Felipe Ramos at the Rio in Las Vegas, to play a little WSOP poker.

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It being a flying visit for the Barcelona striker, there was no time for a bracelet event. So he settled for the next best thing, a two table satellite against a few friends and Team Pros under the lights of the secondary feature tables. The prize? A seat in the WSOP Main Event.

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Based on the story told in the pictures from the Amazon Room, the action was of the serious yet jovial kind.

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In between checking out a WSOP bracelet, and sharing a few laughs, Neymar put on a pretty good display – so good that it transformed the trip into an even better one for Neymar.

neymar_bracelet_wsop.jpgThe easy way to get your hands on a WSOP winner’s bracelet
For while this might be a fleeting visit, he got the ending he (and we’re guessing a lot of others) was hoping for.

neymar_wins_wsop.jpgCongratus to Neymar Jr: Another trip to the WSOP now seems likely
Yep. Neymar won the lot. It might not be a fleeting visit after all.

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Photos thanks to Joe Giron/PokerPhotoArchive.com


Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog.

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