Thursday, November 06, 2003
Celebrity Strip Poker
Best blog on the web. Actually, the blog is here.
Down early on 2.4 last night but managed to end up even. I have to admit, my table selection has become uber-lazy as of late. I've been doing the first table available, and that's just sad.
This is a terrible thing to confess, but on Party Poker, I still have the fireworks and Congratulations animation turned on. Yes, I am ashamed.
Interesting article about poker bots.
Oh yeah, have you all heard about the upcoming celebrity poker tv show? Woohoo! More poker on television. From TwoplusTwo:
BEN AFFLECK, HANK AZARIA, DON CHEADLE, DAVID CROSS, PETER FACINELLI, CARRIE FISHER, TOM GREEN, ALLISON JANNEY, RON LIVINGSTON, EMILY PROCTER, MIMI ROGERS, PAUL RUDD, RICHARD SCHIFF, DAVID SCHWIMMER, MARTIN SHEEN, SCOTT STAPP, AND NICOLE SULLIVAN AMONG THE STARS CONTENDING FOR THE QUARTER-MILLION DOLLAR CHARITY PRIZE POOL
NEW ORIGINAL SERIES PREMIERES TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 AT 9PM
October 29, 2003 - New York, NY - Beginning Tuesday, December 2 (9-10 p.m.
ET), Bravo will offer viewers a look into the private world of Hollywood poker
games with the new original six-part, weekly, one-hour series, "Celebrity Poker
Showdown," hosted by Kevin Pollak.
"Poker has been a cultural phenomenon for decades and it is currently one of
Hollywood's hottest underground activities," said Joshua Malina, executive producer of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" and star of "The West Wing." "I know viewers will love to be a part of this event. The intensity of the competition and the sharp, funny interaction among the celebrities were everything we hoped for."
Filmed recently before a live audience at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, each episode of "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will feature five celebrities competing against each other for a piece of the $250,000 prize pool in a game of No Limit Texas Hold’em poker for the charity of their choice. Each week a new crop of stars will take to the table to challenge their peers. The winner from each week’s game will go on to compete in the championship final sixth episode. Viewers will have the inside track on the hands the different players are holding via hidden cameras. They will also be able to hear from the eliminated players, who will watch the remainder of their respective matches from the 'Loser’s Lounge,' via closed circuit television.
All players are guaranteed at least $5,000 in prize money. Just for making it to
the finals, fifth place will win $7,500, fourth place will win $10,000, third place will win $12,500 and second place will walk away with $20,000 for their charity. The "Celebrity Poker Showdown" champion will walk away with $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
The twenty-five players, including seven Emmy Award winners, three Golden Globe
winners, two Grammy Award winners and one Academy Award winner, are broken down into five games:
Game 1 - Premieres Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Ben Affleck, Don Cheadle, David Schwimmer, Emily Proctor, Willie Garson
Game 2 - Premieres Tuesday, December 9, 2003
Martin Sheen, Allison Janney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, Timothy Busfield
Game 3 - Premieres Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Hank Azaria, Michael Ian Black, Peter Facinelli, Nicole Sullivan, Mo Gaffney
Game 4 - Premieres Tuesday, December 23, 2003
Paul Rudd, Ron Livingston, Sarah Silverman, Shannon Elizabeth, Coolio
Game 5 - Premieres Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Mimi Rogers, David Cross, Tom Green, Carrie Fisher, Scott Stapp
The Championship Game - Premieres Tuesday, January 13, 2004
"Celebrity Poker Showdown" is hosted by comedian/actor Kevin Pollak ("A Few
Good Men," "The Usual Suspects") joined by expert poker commentator Phil Gordon. Gordon is a world class poker player who has won nearly $1,000,000 in poker tournaments in the last two years including a 4th place finish in the 2001 World Series of Poker and a first place finish in the World Poker Tour: Aruba (professional division) in 2002.
"Celebrity Poker Showdown" is produced by Picture This Television in association
with Bravo. Marcia Mulé and Bryan Scott, Andrew Hill Newman and Joshua Malina are the executive producers. Frances Berwick, Amy Introcaso-Davis and Shari Levine are the executive producers for Bravo. Cingular Wireless is the official sponsor of "Celebrity Poker Showdown."
Picture This Television, founded in 1997 by partners Marcia Mulé and Bryan Scott, has produced numerous series and specials for television worldwide including the Emmy Award-winning series "TV411" for PBS and "Intimate Portraits: Jennie Garth" and "Weddings of a Lifetime" both for Lifetime. An avid poker player, Joshua Malina is best known as Will Bailey on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning "The West Wing" and Jeremy Goodwin in the critically acclaimed series "Sports Night." Malina has also appeared in Aaron Sorkin's "The American President" and made his professional acting debut in the Broadway production of Sorkin’s "A Few Good Men." Andrew Hill Newman has written, produced and acted in various television series including producing and writing three series for Nickelodeon, "The Amanda Show," "All That" and "Drake & Josh." As an actor, Andrew has appeared in seven feature films, two Broadway shows, three Off-Broadway shows and guest-starred in fifty episodes of over three-dozen
different television series.
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