Turn the channel to any high-stakes poker occasion, and odds are high that you’ll see no less than one Hollywood big name in the main part of the activity. With adaptable timetables and bigger than-normal bankrolls, superstars have both the time and tendency to sharpen their poker playing abilities in competitions all over the planet. Some, obviously, never transcend the position of beginner, however others proceed to get comfortable appearances in the realm of poker. What follows is a rundown of ten of the best VIP poker players on the planet (recorded in no specific request).
Ben Affleck – It’s difficult to contend Affleck’s status as one of the most amazing big name poker players on the planet after he won the California State Poker Championship in June of 2004 (where he won $356,400). Whenever he’s not acting in films, for example, Daredevil or Armageddon, Affleck gathers vintage video-arcade machines and has been known to take poker illustrations from stars like Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke. His success at the California Championship likewise qualified him for a seat at the 2004 World Poker Tour last competition.
Patrick Bruel – Patrick Bruel is a notable French vocalist and entertainer, having acted in north of 40 TV and film creations and recorded various top-selling collections. He additionally turns out to be a-list poker player. So while he might go unnoticed by American film crowds, poker players from around the world will quickly perceive his face. Why? All things considered, in 1998 Patrick got a World Series of Poker arm band for winning the 1998 $5000 Limit Hold’em occasion. He has likewise positioned in the cash various times in WSOP occasions, and procured more than $750,000 in live play occasions.
Jennifer Tilly – This Oscar-named entertainer has featured in such hits as The Fabulous Baker Boys and Bullets Over Broadway. Nonetheless, she has openly expressed that she’s turning out to be more keen on poker than acting. One glance at her achievements in the poker world and it’s not difficult to see the reason why. In June of 2005, Tilly outlived 600 different players and won her first World Series of Poker wristband (and $158,625) in the Ladies’ No-Limit Hold’em occasion, turning into the principal big name to do as such. She has likewise won the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament and contended in Poker Royale, Poker Superstars, and Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Josh Malina – With acting credits, for example, Sports Night and The West Wing, Malina is a regarded entertainer of both the stage and screen. He is additionally an enthusiastic poker player. Indeed, when he was attempting to get his vocation going, he would frequently play poker to have sufficient cash to pay his lease. Since he’s monetarily protected, Malina is spreading his adoration for poker by creating Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Matt Damon – After featuring in the poker film Rounders, you may anticipate that the amazingly popular Damon should feel comfortable around a deck of cards. He’s a normal contestant in the yearly World Series of Poker, and his most fascinating WSOP story happened back in 1998. Miramax Studios entered both he and Edward Norton in the WSOP Main Event ($10,000 purchase in) to advance the impending Rounders. Damon played well, however he was killed on the main day by poker legend Doyle Brunson after Damon’s pocket rulers neglected to beat Brunson’s pocket aces.
Tobey Maguire – In October of 2004, the star of the Spider-Man establishment exhibited his poker abilities by winning the very first Phil Hellmuth Invitational Poker Tournament. He additionally got $95,480 for the success, making Andy Bellin comment to Phil Hellmuth, “This child could be a real expert.” He has completed in the cash in a few different occasions and has gotten examples from poker master Daniel Negreanu. Furthermore remember that he’s just been playing intensely beginning around 2004.
James Woods – Having featured in films, for example, Salvador and Another Day in Paradise, James Woods is one of America’s most regarded entertainers. Furthermore in addition to the fact that he is a natural face in poker rooms the nation over, he’s additionally the substance of another poker site. Their selling guide is that players get an opportunity toward coordinate poker brains with top stars like Woods. Not that coordinating brains with Woods is smart, considering he has a 180 I.Q. In 2006, Woods completed in 24th spot out of 692 at the L.A. Poker Classic for $40,000.
Mimi Rogers – When she’s not featuring in hits like Lost in Space and Austin Powers, Mimi Rogers moonlights as a darn decent poker player. Tom Cruise’s ex came out ahead of the pack on an episode of Hollywood Home Game, and furthermore completed in the cash during the World Poker Tour’s Shooting Star Championship.
Wil Wheaton – One of the stars of Stand by Me and Star Trek: The Next Generation, Wheaton plays in enormous cash games in Los Angeles constantly, is a continuous member in internet based poker rooms, and was even welcome to play in the World Poker Tour Championship. He is additionally an individual from Team PokerStars and played in the 2005 World Series of Poker.
Gabe Kaplan – Best known for his job on Welcome Back Kotter, Gabe Kaplan is such a refined poker player that most never again see him as a “big name” player. His first World Series of Poker appearance came in 1978. In 2004, he completed third at the World Poker Tour’s No Limit Hold’em occasion, winning more than $250,000 all the while. He has additionally come in just short of the leader in the World Series of Poker Limit Hold’em occasion. His vocation competition poker profit surpass $680,000. He additionally fills in as a specialist poker analyst, having showed up on such shows as the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, Intercontinental Poker Championship, and High Stakes Poker.