Celebrity Poker Showdown

Celebrity Poker Showdown

A favorite show for the Bravo network that ran from 2003 until 2006, Celebrity Poker Showdown had caught on with the masses who enjoy watching their favorite celebrities battle it out on the felt, each vying for thousands of dollars for their favorite charity. The show is so popular in fact, that Bravo now averages more than one million viewers per episode.

Filmed before a live studio audience in Las Vegas, Celebrity Poker Showdown featured five celebrities per episode playing No Limit Texas Hold’em, competing for a slice of $250,000. Each celebrity is guaranteed at least $5000 for their charity. Fifth place wins $7500, fourth $10,000, third $12,500, second $20,000 and first place gets $100,000. The winners from the first five games then compete for a grand prize in a sixth game.

Viewers can see the action on hidden cameras behind the player’s hands, and get to hear commentary from eliminated players in the “Loser’s Lounge.”

The Hosts:

Dave Foley - New to Celebrity Poker Showdown, Dave Foley is well-known for his days on NewsRadio and history with The Kids in the Hall comedy troupe. He was also the voice of Flik in Disney’s smash-hit movie, “A Bug’s Life.” He brings a light-hearted feel to the show as he interviews the celebrities and co-commentates with poker analyst Phil Gordon.

Phil Gordon - No newcomer to poker, Phil Gordon has taken away almost $1.2 million in tournaments—a third of that by coming in fourth in the 2001 World Series of Poker championship. He’s also won two World Poker Tour tournaments. What many people don’t know about Phil is that he entered college when he was 15-years-old and graduated with a Computer Science degree five years later. It wasn’t long after that when he began working as the lead software engineer at Netsys Technologies, Inc. In just three years, NTI was purchased by Cisco for $95 million and Phil has enjoyed much of the profits. Now he travels the world.

Kevin Pollak - Co-host with Phil Gordon for the first season of Celebrity Poker Showdown, Kevin Pollak is a popular stand-up comedian who got his Hollywood start in George Lucas’ fantasy, “Willow.” Since then, he has appeared in movies such as “A Few Good Men,” “The Usual Suspects,” “Casino,” “Grumpy Old Men” and more.

Past Winners:

Season One

Tournament 1, Game 1

Ben Affleck

Don Cheadle

David Schwimmer

Emily Procter

Willie Garson (Winner)

Tournament 1, Game 2

Timothy Busfield

Allison Janney

Richard Schiff (Winner)

Martin Sheen

John Spencer

Tournament 1, Game 3

Hank Azaria

Michael Ian Black

Peter Facinelli

Mo Gaffney

Nicole Sullivan (Winner)

Tournament 1, Game 4


Shannon Elizabeth

Ron Livingston

Paul Rudd (Winner)

Sarah Silverman

Tournament 1, Game 5

David Cross (Winner)

Carrie Fisher

Tom Green

Mimi Rogers

Scott Stapp

Tournament 1, Championship Game

David Cross

Willie Garson

Paul Rudd

Richard Schiff

Nicole Sullivan (Winner)

Season Two

Tournament 2, Game 1

Jerome Bettis

Wanda Sykes

Rosario Dawson (Winner)

Travis Tritt

Mena Suvari

Tournament 2, Game 2

Dule Hill (Winner)

Timothy Busfield

Mo Gaffney

James Woods

Danny Masterson

Tournament 2, Game 3

Jeremy Sisto

Adam Rodriguez

Norm Macdonald

Star Jones

Michael Ian Black (Winner)

Tournament 2, Game 4

Lauren Graham (Winner)

Matthew Perry

Sara Rue

Sean Astin

Christopher Masterson

Tournament 2, Game 5

Michael Ian Black

James Blake

Rosario Dawson

Jon Favreau

Lauren Graham

Dulé Hill

Andy Richter

Tom Everett Scott

Maura Tierney (Winner)

Tournament 2, Championship Game

Michael Ian Black

Rosario Dawson

Lauren Graham

Dulé Hill

Mr. Six

Maura Tierney (Winner)

Season Three

Tournament 3, Game 1

Jerry O'Connel

Willie Garson

Jennie Garth

Richard Kind

Tournament 3, Game 2

Angie Dickinson

Penn Gillette

Jeff Gordon (Winner)

Kathy Griffin

Ron Livingston

Tournament 3, Game 3

Will Arnett

Jason Bateman

David Cross (Winner)

Peter Facinelli

Judy Greer

Tournament 3, Game 4

Michael Badalucco

Bobby Flay

Steve Harris (Winner)

Kathy Najimy

Mimi Rogers

Tournament 3, Game 5

Hank Azaria

Gail O'Grady

Seth Meyers (Winner)

Amy Poehler

Jeffrey Ross

Tournament 3, Championship Game

David Cross

Jeff Gordon

Steve Harris

Seth Meyers (Winner)

Dave Navarro