Rafa Storms PokerStars' Sunday

If you follow Rafael Nadal on Twitter, you might have seen a bit of back and forth between the tennis legend and his buddy Joan Suasi. It seems both decided to compete in this weekend's PokerStars Sunday Storm, a tournament with more than 43,000 entries. Nadal and Suasi were less concerned with that number and more with which of the two would last the longest.

The idea was this: for the past several weeks, the friends have been working to improve their tournament game. Today was the big test.


Smiling rivalry

While it might have all been in good fun, these men are competitors and aren't above some friendly ribbing.

Here's how the smack talk kicked off.

After that, their poker mentor tried to step in.

By Sunday, both men were egaged in verbal warfare on Twitter, sharing hands on the Boom replayer, and trying to work their way through the field.


Kicked back and ready to play

Rafa started off well and worked his stack up to a impressive level in the first few hours. But, his stack gradually started to deteriorate. Finally, he got his remaining chips in a bit ahead, but his hand didn't hold.

While Rafa finished in the top half of the field, it was the less famous of the pair who went the deepest.

Congrats to Suasi on a great performance and his finish in the money. Good luck to both of you in your continued poker education.

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Brad Willis is the PokerStars Head of Blogging

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