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Phelps playing his cards right in the Caribbean

Jan 9, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

Joe Giron Joe Giron

Michael Phelps may be done with the water, but now he’s going up against the sharks.

The swimming legend is apparently trying his hand at poker (as well as golf) and escaped day one of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, where he was pitted against the likes of top pros Phil Ivey and Mike “the Grinder” Mizrachi.

At one point, Phelps went in with pocket fours against notable pro Dylan Hortin, who was holding pocket kings. Phelps caught his third four on the flop, then bet strongly into Hortin, eventually taking the pot. Hortin busted a few hands later.

He enters day two with around 92,000 in chips, about five times that of “Poker Brat” and thirteen-time World Series of Poker champ Phil Hellmuth.

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