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A poker fever sweeps through the World these days and it doesn’t spare Formula One either. The card game is very popular among drivers. First Giancarlo Fisichella and Rubens Barrichello played it in the paddock, then a lot of other drivers joined. Fernando Alonso and Robert Kubica are known as big fans of the game, for example. Last year in Hockenheim Fernando, Rubens, Adrian Sutil and Michael Schumacher, who was there as Ferrari’s advisor, were seen playing it together in Force India’s motorhome.

Then even a poker tournament, called Pit Stop Poker Club, was established for F1 drivers in the Casino of San Vincent. Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld, Giancarlo Fisichella and Nico Rosberg participated in the 2008 championship, or whatever it is called in poker. The 2008 poker king of the paddock, so the winner, was Nico.

The Pit Stop Poker Club was such a success that it took place this year as well. Drivers Michael Schumacher, Nico Rosberg, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Eddie Irvine gathered in San Vincent again last night at 8 pm to play. The were joined by two fans who won the opportunity to play with the F1 stars at a competition.

Michael arrived in a helicopter wearing a white hat, a white shirt, black sunglasses and an iPod. He almost looked like a professional poker player, however it seems  he is not as strong in cards as in cars, because he didn’t manage to make it to the final.

Nico took his girlfriend, Vivian Sibold with him. She doesn’t go to F1 races too often, but at least she could support her boyfriend here.

It were Nico, Giancarlo and Tonio who made it to the final. The whole party will be broadcast by SkySport 2 on the 22-24. May.

Pictures from the event:

Michael arriving

Michael arriving

Vivian and Nico

Vivian and Nico

Jarno ready for a fight

Jarno ready for a fight

Eddie is back

Eddie is back

At the table

At the table

Can Nico defend his title?

Can Nico defend his title?

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Besides those who were already mentioned there are three married couples in F1:

Silvana and Rubens Barrichello: The couple is married for about ten years. They have two sons: Eduardo (born in 2001) and Fernando (born in 2005). The family lives in Monte Carlo while the season is on, but during the winters they often return to Brazil.

Another happy couple

Another happy couple

Barbara and Jarno Trulli: They have two sons: Enzo (b. 2005) and Marco (b. 2006).

A romantic walk

A romantic walk

Claire and Sébastien Bourdais:Claire Bourdais (born Claire Ragot) married Sébastien in May, 2006. They first met in 1999, in Le Mans and started to go out together in 2003. Before Sébastien came to Formula One he was racing in ChampCar in the United States where he won four back-to-back titles. Meanwhile the couple lived in Tampa, Florida while Claire was studying at the South Florida University. The couple has a daughter, Emma Camille, who was born on the 2nd, December 2006. Sébastien cites the day of their wedding and the birth of their baby as the most beautiful moments in his life.
Claire always goes to the races with Sébastien and when they are at a race weekend Emma’s grand parents take care of her.

Passionate kiss

Passionate kiss

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