Penguins’ Phil Kessel guest stars on poker pro’s video blog |

Penguins’ Phil Kessel guest stars on poker pro’s video blog

Jonathan Bombulie
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Phil Kessel smiles at fans during the Pittsburgh Penguins victory parade on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Phil Kessel isn’t usually enthusiastic about answering questions posed by reporters.

It’s a different story when one of the world’s top poker players is the one doing the asking.

Kessel was a guest star in a video blog released by six-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu on Saturday. Negreanu is an avid hockey fan and friend of Kessel, who is an accomplished poker player in his own right.

Aware of the trade rumors surrounding Kessel this offseason, Negreanu asked a pertinent question of the 30-year-old winger.

“Where we playing next year?” Negreanu asked.

“Looks like the Penguins,” Kessel replied.

“All right, go Pittsburgh,” Negreanu concluded.

Immediately following the exchange, a man approached and asked for a picture. It turned out he was a poker fan, not a hockey fan, and he asked Kessel to take a snapshot of him with Negreanu. Kessel obliged with a grin.

Later in the video, Negreanu showed footage of Kessel winning a hand from him with a bluff in a Pot Limit Omaha event.

Jonathan Bombulie is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @BombulieTrib.

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