You’ll likely see at least one Hollywood star in high-stakes poker events if you switch the channel. Celebrities are able to practice their poker skills in tournaments around world because they have flexible schedules and larger bankrolls than average. Some never make it beyond the amateur level, while others are well-known names in poker. Here is a list containing ten of the most prominent celebrity poker players worldwide (in no particular order).
Ben Affleck: It’s difficult to argue Affleck is one of the top celebrity poker players, having won the California State Poker Championship in 2006. He won $356,400. Affleck enjoys collecting vintage video-arcade games and taking lessons from poker pros such as Annie Duke or Amir Vahedi, when he isn’t acting in movies like Daredevil. He was also awarded a place at the final World Poker Tour tournament in 2004 due to his win at California Championship.
Patrick Bruel – Patrick Bruel – Patrick Bruel has been a well-known French singer/actor, and has recorded several top-selling records. He’s also a world-class poker player. While he might not be instantly recognized by American film audiences, poker players all over garenaqq the world will recognize his face. Why? Patrick won the 1998 $5000 Limit Hold’em event and received a World Series of Poker bracelet. He has also won more than $750,000 in live play and placed in the cash in WSOP events.
Jennifer Tilly, Oscar-nominated actress who starred in hit films like Bullets Over Broadway (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and Bullets Over Broadway (Bullets Over Broadway). She has made it clear that she is now more interested poker than acting. You can see why by looking at her accomplishments in poker. Tilly beat 600 other players to win her first World Series of Poker Bracelet (and $158,625) at the Ladies’ No Limit Hold’em Event. This was Tilly’s first ever celebrity victory. She was also a winner of the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament, as well as competing in Poker Royale, Poker Superstars and Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Josh Malina- Malina has acting credits like Sports Night or The West Wing. Malina is a respected actor both on the stage and on screen. He also enjoys playing poker. He used to play poker when he was trying to get his career off to a start. Malina, now financially secure, is spreading his love for poker by producing Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Matt Damon: After appearing in Rounders, it’s not surprising that Damon, the star of the poker movie, would know how to use a deck. He’s a regular entrant at the World Series of Poker. His most memorable WSOP story happened back in 1998. Miramax Studios entered both he (and Edward Norton) in the WSOP Main Event ($10,000 purchase-in), to promote the upcoming Rounders. Damon did well, but Doyle Brunson eliminated him after Damon’s pockets kings failed against Brunson’s.