Poker face Becker to gamble in Vienna

Tennis legend Boris Becker will compete in a poker tournament in Austria next week, it has been announced.European Poker Tour (EPT) officials said today (Fri) the three-time Wimbledon champion will participate in the 500,000 Euro event taking place at the Kursalon Hübner palace in the centre of Vienna between 26 and 31 October.Organisers stressed they have ensured the highest possible security standards for the tournament. An event of the championship series in Berlin, Germany, was robbed last March.It will be the second time within months that Becker, 42, visits the Austrian capital. The German attended the Life Ball, the biggest HIV/AIDS awareness event in the world, in July.Other famous guests of the 18th edition of the event were former US President Bill Clinton and Hollywood star Whoopi Goldberg.Thomas Muster, one of Becker’s fiercest rivals on the ATP Tour, will compete on the court while Becker gambles at the poker table next week.The 43-year-old Austrian launched a sensational comeback in professional tennis earlier this year. Muster, who won 44 ATP tournaments including the 1995 French Open before retiring in 1999, accepted a wild card to participate in the BA Trophy at the Stadthalle Vienna.The tournament starts this weekend. Austrian Jürgen Melzer, who won the 2009 BA Trophy, will also compete this time around.