High stakes drama, bad beat tilt and massive bank balance blow- all ingredients incredibly justify the classy game of cards, ‘Poker’. For decades, poker has been the top touch game for celebrities. Poker and celebrities go hand in hand. One of the important reasons why people love watching their favorite personalities play poker is the dramatic extravaganza of this card game. No wonder that celebrities fly off to the casinos every weekend. After the launch of the show 'World Series of Poker' on ESPN, online poker game gained more exposure and popularity. The show involved few big celebrities as guests initially, but gradually the sky became the limit for the TRP. Here are six famous personalities who play poker and help legitimize the game to beginners-
The spider-man star, Tobey Maguire
Tobey Maguire is an A-list star with an Oscar-winning movie and a record-breaking superhero franchise to his name. But did you know that there is a wonderful poker player hidden inside the mask? He is a regular winner in high-stakes poker games. The 39 years old actor, Tobey Maguire has won more than $10 million dollars in Hollywood home games.
Jennifer Tilly is best known for her role in TV series 'Fraisier' and Woody Allen's 'Bullets over Broadway'. Well, the actress is not just remarkable at acting skills, but also holds an awestruck poker luck. Jennifer Tilly won a bracelet in World Series of Poker, beating 600 counterpart players. She was the first non-poker celebrity to win a WSOP bracelet and that win indeed changed the poker history.
Best known for his role as Gabe Kotter in the sitcom ‘Welcome Back’, Gape Kaplan is an American actor, comedian, commentator and professional poker player. He is also the Las Vegas’s first celebrity poker player. He finished sixth in the WSOP in 1980 and won his first major tournament at Amarillo Slim's Second Annual Poker Classic in the same year.
Minissha Lamba is famous for her outstanding performances in Bollywood movies like Bheja Fry, Corporate, Bachna ae Haseeno and lots more. The 30 years old actress from India can be regularly seen playing many domestic tournaments. Minissha secured the 4th position in IPC 15k Weekend Kickoff event and won Rs 1,40,000.
The 35 years old heartthrob actor from India is a secret poker lover. Shahid Kapoor revealed his passion for poker after bonding with Harman Baweja. According to the reports, Mr. Kapoor's lavish house turns into a poker hub every weekend night. Famous Bollywood stars like Aamir Khan, Fardeen Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Farah Khan are seen making their way to Shahid's home in Versova.
Shannon Elizabeth is a former fashion model and an American actress. She is renowned for her roles in American Pie, Nights of Demons, Cursed, and Scary Movie. She established her table presence by claiming first place and winning $120,000 prize pool in the New Year’s Eve Poker Tournament, beating 91 other celebrities.