Benson could find herself getting plenty of face time on ESPN in the coming year. Not during baseball games, but more likely during one of the network’s ubiquitous poker broadcasts. The wife of Orioles pitcher Kris Benson has been polishing her game by playing nearly every day, whether online, on her cell phone or even live and in person. She also recently signed a deal to endorse and promote a fledgling poker Web site. "I’m still a young little poker player. I’ve got a long ways to go," Benson said. "It is a thrill to me. They call it a sport now, so it’s kind of cool for me to come in and be my own type of an athlete.â€
She learned how to play from Rickey Henderson and Bobby Bonilla.