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Gambling man: Sergio rakes in at poker tourney

Sergio Garcia
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After winning in consecutive weeks in his home country last October, Sergio Garcia may have been feeling a little lucky. Perhaps that's why he tried his hand this week at high stakes poker in the Caribbean.

Garcia entered the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure poker tournament, held at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in the Bahamas.

Joining a field of 1,071 other players, Garcia plunked down $10,000 to enter the event. El Nino lasted four days in the event before busting out in 51st place, according to Card Player Magazine.

Among just 160 players to be paid for their effort, Garcia cashed for $35,000. In 15 PGA Tour cuts made last season, he only earned less than that at the Greenbrier Classic.

The winner of the tournament will receive $2 million.

Poker, like soccer, is another hobby Garcia has pursued as an effort to maintain a better work-life balance.

“When I'm happy off the course, that leads me to be happier on the golf course,” Garcia said in an August interview. “I've always tried [to balance life and golf], but this year I've decided to give it a little more emphasis.”