Shannon Elizabeth is an Hollywood actress, fashion model, and up-and-coming poker star. Shannon Elizabeth considers poker to be a second career, and is widely regarded as one of the top celebrity poker players. Several times a month she travels to Las Vegas to play in high stakes poker games and poker tournaments. With four WSOP cashes and a $55,000 win at a Caesars Palace tournament in Las Vegas, Shannon Elizabeth has had some success. Shannon Elizabeth might be best known for her NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship run in 2007 when she beat heads-up Jeff Madsen, Barry Greenstein, and Humberto Brenes before losing to eventual champion Paul Wasicka.
Shannon Elizabeth Hollywood celebrity status came from her breakthrough role in the 1999 comedy movie, American Pie. Shannon Elizabeth was born in Houston, Texas where she grew up playing tennis before graduating and becoming a fashion model. Shannon Elizabeth's American Pie role where she is completely naked earned her world renowned fame and millions of fans. Shannon Elizabeth then had roles in the hit Scary Movie, Tomcats, and That 70's Show, and really exposed herself in the August 1999 issue of Playboy magazine and in two photo shoots with Maxim Magazine.
Shannon Elizabeth founded the non-profit animal rescue organization Animal Avengers. Animal Avengers rescues and finds homes for homeless pets, promotes methods that reduce pet overpopulation, and aids in preventing animal cruelty.
2008 World Series of Poker Star Tiffany Michelle
Similar to the rise of Shannon Elizabeth another upcoming poker star whose career started as a celebrity is Tiffany Michelle. Tiffany Michelle is one of the best known women poker players in the world. An aspiring Hollywood actress and a two year reporter for a well known tournament poker information website, Tiffany Michelle took the 2008 World Series of Poker by storm finishing a very impressive 17th out of 6,844 players during the Main Event.
Throughout the two week long tournament Tiffany Michelle played brilliantly trapping her opponents and playing aggressively to win pots before the showdown. But to succeed in one of the biggest fields ever at the World Series of Poker she needed to catch some lucky breaks as well. Lady Luck was on her side at one point when her pocket aces were out flopped by a player with a small pocket pair that flopped a set. Furious action on the flop had her all-in and needing to catch an ace, which she did on the turn, to the delight of her supporters and later to the delight of millions of viewers when the episode aired on television.
Tiffany Michelle's natural good looks, great fashion sense and brilliant poker play plus a controversial sponsorship deal made her the focal point of the entire poker world for days as she approached the most heavily anticipated final table in World Series. Tiffany Michelle failed to become only the 2nd female poker player to make the WSOP Main Event final table but she did manage to increase her exposure while showing the world that she is an up and coming extremely talented poker player. Cashing for over $334,534 in the Main Event gives Tiffany Michelle one of the largest payouts for a women poker player in a poker tournament.
Tiffany Michelle was a star at the 2008 World Series of Poker. WSOP Main Event players started the poker tournament with 20,000 chips each and Tiffany Michelle was doing very well early on climbing to over 120,000 chips on day 2. Orange chips are worth 5,000, yellow chips 1,000, light blue/orange chips 500 apiece, and the black/blue chips 100. Tiffany Michelle continued to play well eventually climbing to around 10 million chips before her run ended in 16th place out of a field of well over 6,000 players.
Though Tiffany Michelle failed to become only the 2nd woman to ever make a final table in the WSOP Main Event, Tiffany Michelle statistically finished better then any woman in history when comparing her finish position relative to the size of the field. This means that though Barbara Enright, Tiffany Williamson, and Annie Duke all finished better then her, none of them faced as great a number of players as Tiffany Michelle did during the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Tiffany Michelle World Series of Poker Statistics
Tiffany Michelle Total World Series of Poker Cashes 1
2008 WSOP Championship Event 17th Place
Tiffany Michelle Poker Tournament History
|World Series of Poker 2008 Championship Event||05/14/2008||17th||$334,534|
|Velvet Margarita Annual Celebrity Charity Tournament||5/05/2008||1st|
|Jennifer Harman 2nd Annual Celebrity Charity Tournament||4/19/2008||8th|
|The Orleans No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Â Â||1/11/2008||1st|
|Hustler Weekly No-Limit Hold'em||11/27/2007||3rd|
|LAYN 2nd Annual Celebrity Tournament No-Limit Hold'em with Rebuys||9/22/2007||12th|
|2007 WSOP Circuit Event - Caesars Palace No-Limit Hold'em Second Chance||4/30/2007||1st|
2006 Legends of Poker/WPT Season 5 Event #14 - No-Limit Hold'em
MGM Sunday Tourney No-Limit Hold'em
|Binions Saturday Tourney No-Limit Hold'em/Single Rebuy||8/12/2006||1st|
|Harrah's Daily Tourney No-Limit Hold'em||5/14/2006||1st|
|Harrah's Daily Tourney||9/10/2005||1st|
Tiffany Michelle poker tournament history shows she has quite a bit of poker tournament experience. As an aspiring Hollywood Actress Tiffany Michelle really got into the poker scene when she became a reporter and on-air talent for Poker News. Tiffany Michelle two years reporting for Poker News taught her a great deal about poker tournament strategy and as the 2008 WSOP approached she made arrangements to get some backers to help pay her buy-in to the WSOP Main Event. Tiffany Michelle took this opportunity and made the most out of it by outlasting one of the largest fields in WSOP Main Event history to finish an impressive 17th and win $334,534 for her efforts.
Tiffany Michelle WSOP Main Event performance showed her to be extremely focused while she ruffled her chips in her right hand. Tiffany Michelle's good looks and fashion style made her the center of attention and the biggest fan favorite during the last couple of days of play when the tournament was winding down towards the final table that would be played live on TV in November.
Paris Hilton Playing Poker
Many famous women poker players are not the only females who play poker, recently many Hollywood celebrities have started playing poker. For example, the beautiful Paris Hilton, who not only lights up the table but seems to have one of the funnier poker faces has on several occasions tried her hand at playing poker.
As a celebrity, Paris Hilton has played poker to help raise money for charitable foundations. Though she probably will not be winning any World Series of Poker bracelets anytime soon, Paris Hilton has contributed to poker by increasing the exposure of poker into pop culture.
Liz Lieu is an extremely attractive professional poker player who has played poker at the highest levels successfully. Known throughout the poker world as the "Poker Diva", Liz Lieu's tenacious poker playing style combined with her top model good looks makes her both a player to be feared at the table and a huge fan favorite.
Liz Lieu has spent the past several years marketing herself through photo shoots and mass media. This exposure has taken away some of her poker playing focus and resulted in a lesser amount of recent tournament success. However, Liz Lieu's popularity within the poker world continues to climb as her poker celebrity status blends a mix of America's Next Top Model with the World Poker Tour. Liz Lieu's intense poker playing style that exemplifies aggressive play has brought her success in large field poker tournaments. Liz Lieu uses the "There are no friends at the poker table" motto to define her aggressive, take no prisoners style of play which is uncharacteristic amongst most women poker players.
Liz Lieu was born on August 2, 1974 in Vietnam, but spent her childhood growing up in Colorado. She was first introduced to poker when she was 18 by helping a friend put together a home poker game. From there, her love for the game intensified and she started dealing in casinos and playing in $80-$160 limit games. Liz Lieu's best poker game is limit holdem, though she is also a force in no limit holdem games and tournaments as well. Liz Lieu now regularly plays in $400-$800 side games in California and Las Vegas while devoting an increasing amount of time to poker tournaments.
As an accomplished cash game player, Liz Lieu entered the tournament world at the urging of close friend and tournament superstar John Phan. That was the first event at the 2005 World Series of Poker where Poker Diva took 5th place for $168,500. The same year, she took 12th in the WSOP $5,000 No Limit Holdem event and made the money in the WSOP $3,000 No Limit Holdem event. Liz Lieu's remarkable 2005 run continued with a 4th place finish at the Bellagio's Festa Al Lago Tournament, $2,500 buy-in event and 16th in two other tournaments there. Afterwards, Liz Lieu made impressive top ten finishes in tournaments at the World Poker Finals, Five Diamond World Poker Classic, and the Gold Strike World Poker Open.
Liz Lieu first title came in 2006 at the Commerce Casino's L.A. Poker Classic $1000 limit hold'em event. Liz Lieu successfully defended her title in 2007 by winning the same poker tournament. Liz Lieu has won over $600,000 in live poker tournaments. The Poker Diva's aggressive style of play and drop dead good looks will make her a hugely popular force to be reckoned with in poker tournaments in the years to come.
Jennifer Tilly is a professional actress and avid poker player who has become one of the most highly recognized women poker players in the world. Born on September 16, 1958 in LA, California, Jennifer Tilly turned Hollywood stardom into Poker stardom during her break out performance in the Ladies No Limit Texas Holdem 2005 World Series of poker event when she won the title and $156,825. Jennifer Tilly beat 600 women to earn that WSOP bracelet on June 27, 2005, and showed the poker world she was not a one time fluke on September 1, 2005 by winning the third World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Jennifer Tilly's WSOP victory made her the first non-poker celebrity to win a World Series of Poker bracelet.
Jennifer Tilly is dating Phil Laak, also known as the Unabomber who is a top tournament poker pro. Because of this, Jennifer Tilly has been given the nickname Unabombshell. Jennifer Tilly was nominated for the Best Actress in a Supporting Role Academy Award in 1995 for the movie Bullets Over Broadway. Although Jennifer Tilly did not win the Oscar, her movie career continued to flourish with roles in Bride of Chucky, Liar Liar with Jim Carrey, and many others. Jennifer Tilly's breakthrough movie was The Fabulous Baker Boys in 1989 as a singing waitress. Jennifer Tilly good looks and popularity was evident when she was ranked in the top 25 of Celebrity Sleuth's "25 Sexiest Women of 1995." In a recent television interview, Jennifer Tilly said that at this point in her career she is more interested in pursuing poker than acting.
One of the most famous women poker players in the world, Annie Duke has climbed out from under the shadows of her brother Howard "the Professor" Lederer by playing remarkable poker over the last few years including winning a World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2004 Omaha Hi-Low $2,000 buy in at the Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. Annie Duke is widely considered the greatest all around female poker player in the world.
After her World Series of Poker win, Annie Duke won the September, 2004 inaugural ESPN invitational WSOP Tournament of Champions. The 10-player, $2 million winner-take-all tournament was the most money paid in a single event to a female poker player. However, that record was broken by Annette Obrestad (Annette_15) during the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event. That made for TV single table featured some of the best players on the planet and her ability to beat Phil Hellmuth heads up made the victory even more impressive.
|9th||T. J. Cloutier|
|10th||David "Chip" Reese|
Annie Duke juggles her professional poker career around a large supportive family with four children. Her life was the focus of a pilot sitcom produced by Lisa Kudrow and starring Jeanne Garofalo. A cognitive psychology major at the University of Pennsylvania, her abilities to read people at the table was evident in her deep run in the WSOP main event in which she took 10th in 2000.
She normally focuses on playing only the larger more prestigious poker tournaments, as evidenced by the fact Annie Duke holds the women's record for most cashes at the WSOP, currently 33. In the Main Event of the 2006 World Series of Poker, she finished in 88th place, out of 8,773 entrants, for $51,129. She was one of two women left in the field when she was eliminated. Alongside her one bracelet, she was runner up twice in the WSOP limit Hold'em events in 1999 and 2003.
Annie Duke mostly plays mixed ring games at the Bellagio in Las Vegas while writing-mostly omaha hi/low articles-for the Ultimate Bet online poker room which endorses her. She rarely plays in ladies only events, stating in an interview with CBS, "Poker is one of the only sports where a woman can compete on a totally equal footing with a man, so I don't understand why there's a ladies only tournament."
The picture above shows Annie Duke offering advice to actor Ben Affleck at the World Poker Tour Championship, April 20, 2004, at the Bellagio Resort Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Annie enjoys mentoring poker players, most notably Ben Affleck, whom she took under her wing shortly before he won $356,000 in the $10,000 California State Poker Championship No Limit Holdem event at the Commerce Casino in 2004.