Michael van Gerwen in Las Vegas during World Series of Poker

July 13, 2017 it was announced that Las Vegas can enjoy the presence of dart world champion Michael van Gerwen. Michael van Gerwen is listed as number one in the world on the dart ranking. He is currently in the gambling city of Las Vegas for the US Dart Masters 2017. The US Darts Master is part of the World Series of Darts. Van Gerwen made his first visit to Las Vegas when he was seventeen years old. Now he can be found here regularly for these exciting dart tournaments and to take a chance on his own.

Poker during the WSOP

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Van Gerwen grew up with a love for card games. To relax he also plays a game of poker during the World Series of Poker. He was spotted in the Kings Casino Poker Room during an exciting game against poker pro Steven Van Zadelhoff. In his free time he plays regularly. He told PokerListings.nl: “Poker professionals should earn a living here, but I do it for fun!”.

Last year he visited London for the Unibet Open, the most exciting poker tournament in Europe. Van Gerwen wanted to take a chance in the Main Event, but to his regret this took place at the same time as a darts tournament. His busy schedule and the long tournaments unfortunately do not allow this. Van Gerwin has since become friends with well-known Dutch poker players. For example, he knows Noah Boeken, Fatima de Melo and Steven van Zadelhoff very well.

Good at darts

Michael van Gerwen remains sober. He indicates that he doesn't spend much time and effort in poker. He says: “I know what I'm good at, and that's darts. These guys spend so many hours and study time in poker. For me, however, it is just a hobby. “Van Gerwen sees that the dart game is becoming more famous all over the world.

Difference poker and darts

Van Gerwen indicates that there are many similarities with poker players. However, there are also important differences between darts and poker. He says that there is no luck during darts. “There is no luck during darts. Nobody just wins the World Series of Poker three times in a row, you know what I mean? As a dart player that is possible. “But success in the dart world can sometimes be compared to success in the poker world. You start with the small tournaments and events and as you get better, you choose larger tournaments. The moment you are at the highest level, you will be invited to the best tournaments in the world. “And that's what you do it for,” says van Gerwen.

Next week there will be an open event. All dart players may compete against Van Gerwen and other major dart players.

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