Richard Seymour going strong in World Series of Poker

Richard Seymour entered Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event in 35th place

Richard Seymour entered Day 5 of the 2019 WSOP Main Event in 35th place

The former Patriots defensive end was eliminated near the end of Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event, but his 131st place finish marks his best result yet in the annual $10,000 tournament, still considered the crown jewel of poker events.

Seymour has become an avid poker player since he retired from football, taking part in the WSOP for the past several years.

Seymour is competing in the World Series of Poker and is now in 35th place in the event, which drew 8,569 competitors. Seymour went into Tuesday with 2.5 million and was able to add 150,000 to his chip total over the course of the day.

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Seymour came up short of the $10 million grand prize and the diamond bracelet awarded to the victor, but his impressive run at the table earned him a $59,295 payday. According to Cardplayer.com he's won $575,448 in casino events and $147,851 on the World Poker Tour.

Seymour's career as a professional poker player appears to be on the rise, and prior to his recent event had a career earnings of $638,293. The 2001 first-round pick spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Patriots before signing with the Raiders and spending four years in Oakland (2009-12).

This year's WSOP main event, a no-limit Texas hold 'em style tournament, had a total of 8,569 entries.

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