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Celebrities and Poker

Jun 18, 2008
Poker players have become celebrities. Celebrities are flocking to poker. Let's look at a few of the celebrities that have had some success at the tables.

Our first celebrity is a surprising one, Jennifer Tilly. The catch here is that her boyfriend is none other than Phil Laak, a top poker player. He has taught Jennifer well. She has cashed in quite a few tournaments, and has won a WSOP bracelet. In 2005 she shocked the poker world winning the ladies only event.

Sully Erna, lead singer for Godsmack, is a poker fanatic. He has admitted to changing the bands tour schedule, so he could play in the WSOP. He has made it to the money in the last two WSOP main events.

James Woods has been playing the home games in Hollywood for years. He plays in big buy in tournaments as well. His best result being a Third place in a WPT event. James also has invested in an online poker room.

Ben Affleck plays poker in cash games primarily. In 2005 however he decided to play in the 10,000 buy in California State Poker Championships. He surprised the field by taking the title.

Actor Chad Brown isn't the super star the others are. He is perhaps the best poker player though. After a short acting career in the 1990's, Chad has become a strong professional poker player. He also hosts the television series the Ultimate Poker Challenge.

With career earnings of over 2 million dollars, he has had many good runs in big events. He almost captured a WSOP bracelet with a second place finish in event 54 of the 2007 WSOP. His strong record is only tainted by not having a big win.

Gabe Kaplan, of Welcome Back Kotter fame, is the iconic celebrity poker player. He has been involved in poker for years. Back in the seventies, when televised poker lived in obscurity, Gabe was often the host, or the poker expert, for the commentary.

He has been going to Las Vegas for the WSOP since 1978. Over the years he has managed to reach six final tables. This has been over a nineteen year span.

Gabe still does commentary for televised poker. He analyzes hands for the audiences watching the show High Stakes Poker. He has the poker knowledge, and quick wit, to entertain and educate you with his observations.

I'm sure we've left some celebrities off this list that should be here. As poker has grown in recent years, many new celebrities are getting into the action. The WSOP has more celebrities than are courtside at the Lakers games. They all want to take a shot at the big one.
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