The couple, who married in secret two months before Michael competed at the Rio Olympics, hosted the The Giving Back Fund‘s Big Game Big Give celebrity poker tournament (presented by BBO Poker Tables) in Houston, where they raised over $1 million for a handful of charities.
“We’re going to have some fun and friendly competition in there!” Michael, 31, told PEOPLE before the event. “I’m competitive!”
“My goal is to outlast him!” Nicole, 31, told PEOPLE. “I’d be happy.” (While neither she nor Michael won, she did manage to outlast him and make it to the final table.)
In fact, the couple almost agreed to a friendly wager before the competition — loser would have to wake up when their 9-month-old son Boomer does — until Nicole reminded her hubby of his tendency to sleep deeply.
“It doesn’t work like that! He sleeps like a rock,” Nicole said of Michael.
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Boomer couldn’t make it to the event, which started at 7 p.m. and lasted for hours. But Michael noted that he normally gets up with his young son, as he tends to be an early riser anyway.
“It’s a fair trade,” Nicole said.
“He’s at home!” said Michael. “We went and watched golf for a little bit in Arizona,we flew down here and then we are heading back. It’s a nice little getaway.”
Although the couple surely missed their son (who has his own Instagram account!) — they were able to raise money for a good cause.
The tournament winner also receives six months of private coaching by World Series of Poker Champion Jamie Gold and a seat at the Main Event of the World Series Poker, a VIP experience at the 2017 ESPY Awards and the 2017 Masters.
“There’s no better way than for all of us to come here for a good cause,” said Phelps.
- reporting by HEATHER STAIBLE