Poker Pro Uses Frying Pan to Win Tennis Prop Bet

  • Markus Gonsalves had to use a frying pan instead of a tennis racket against Dan Smith
  • Smith bet a few grand on himself at odds of +150, but ultimately lost the match 6-2
  • They might have a rematch in which Gonsalves will have a more extreme handicap
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Markus Gonsalves beat fellow poker pro Dan Smith in a tennis match, even though Gonsalves was required to use a frying pan instead of a racquet. [Image: Shutterstock.com]

Poker pros Dan Smith and Markus Gonsalves were back on the tennis court recently in another prop bet. This go-around, Gonsalves, the 2020 WPT Gardens Poker Championship winner, had to use a rather unusual piece of equipment in the single-set match.

was permitted to wrap the handle in grip tape

As the superior player, Gonsalves used a frying pan instead of a racquet, though he was permitted to wrap the handle in grip tape. Despite the handicap, Gonsalves defeated Smith, who is eighth on the all-time live tournament earnings list with $41m, in an efficient 6-2 beat-down.

Smith had wagered a few grand on himself to win at +150 odds. Here’s a look at some video footage of the unique match:

Smith has suggested a potential rematch, joking that Gonsalves will have to use a baseball bat next time. Gonsalves then posted a picture on Twitter frying eggs in the pan that he used to win the game. In a previous match, Gonsalves used his weaker left hand to best Smith.

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