Celebrity Poker Showdown

Tuesday 8:00 PM on Bravo
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  • Celebrity Poker Showdown features 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 take to the table to challenge their peers. The winners from the first five games go on to compete in the championship in sixth episode finale. 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. Celebrity Poker Showdown was 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 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. Dave Foley (NewsRadio, The Kids In The Hall) replaced Pollak in Season Two. Phil Hellmuth, another Poker champion took over Gordon's spot in Season Eight.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 6

    Tournament 8 Championship Game

    Aired 7/5/06

  • S 8 : Ep 6

    Tournament 8 Championship Game

    Aired 7/5/06

  • S 8 : Ep 5

    Tournament 8 Game 5

    Aired 6/28/06

  • S 8 : Ep 4

    Tournament 8 Game 4

    Aired 6/21/06

  • S 8 : Ep 3

    Tournament 8 Game 3

    Aired 6/14/06

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kevin Pollak


  • Dave Foley


  • Phil Hellmuth


  • Phil Gordon


  • Robert Thompson

    Tournament Director

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  • Quotes (1324)

    • Ben: Texas Hold 'Em is really more about reading people and how you present yourself. So it makes it much more about how you play and what you think about other people than what about the cards that you get are.

    • (on Willie) David: He's been catching those cards. Emily: He's the Prince of Darkness. Don: He is. He's the Evil Willie.

    • Don: All hands need help. Willie: Of course. All hands need a little love. Don: Just a little love.

    • Allison: How do you use your chips to your advantage? Kevin: You throw them at the opponent. Hit them in the eyes, preferably.

    • John: I think a card game's a card game. And you know the variable is lady luck. It's really like life -- what cards are you being dealt.

    • John: Cheat or bluff. I don't cheat. But bluff, yeah, occasionally sure.

    • Martin: I have no style when it comes to gambling. I just do it.

    • Michael: My strategy is hit 'em early and hit 'em hard. And I'm not talking about poker. I mean literally punch 'em right in the kisser.

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    Notes (26)

    • The CPS tournaments are all held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The Casino is owned by the Maloof Brothers.

    • This episode's five stars were all from the show The West Wing.

    • This is the last episode which is hosted by Kevin Pollak.

    • This is the first episode which Dave Foley hosts.

    • Maura Tierney previously co-starred on the TV Series NewsRadio (1995-1999) with CPS Host Dave Foley.

    • Tom Everett Scott has guest-starred several times on ER (1994-Present) as Eric, brother of Maura Tierney's character Abby.

    • Lauren Graham guest-starred several times on NewsRadio (1995-1999) which starred CPS Host Dave Foley and Tournament 2 Champion Maura Tierney.

    • Maura Tierney previously co-starred on the TV Series NewsRadio (1995-1999) with CPS Host Dave Foley.

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    Trivia (333)

    • Match Results: 1st Place - Willie Garson 2nd Place - Ben Affleck 3rd Place - Don Cheadle 4th Place - Emily Procter 5th Place - David Schwimmer

    • Celebrity Charity List: Don Cheadle - Canyon Charter School David Schwimmer - Rape Foundation Ben Affleck - A-T Children's Project Emily Procter - Cure Autism Now Foundation Willie Garson - The Children's Hospital of Denver

    • Willie's father was a semi-professional blackjack player.

    • Ben wants his poker nickname to be Boston Fathead. Emily's poker nickname is Lish, short for Emily-cious.

    • Kevin's pick to win is Don Cheadle.

    • When asked by Kevin Pollack at the start of the show, Ben Affleck's pick to win is Emily Procter.

    • Match Results: 1st Place - Richard Schiff 2nd Place - John Spencer 3rd Place - Timothy Busfield 4th Place - Allison Janney 5th Place - Martin Sheen

    • Allison Janney came back to the table, gave Richard a cigar and a massage to show her support after Richard went all in on one hand. (It is unusual for a player who already lost to come back from the loser's lounge in the middle of the game.)

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    Allusions (48)

    • Peter: (deciding on whether to call Nicole's bet or not) Can I ask the audience? Kevin: He wants a 50/50.
      "Ask the audience" and "50/50" are two of the three lifelines available to a contestant in the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire?.

    • Kevin: Welcome back to the Palms in Las Vegas for more Celebrity Poker Showdown or as Bravo almost made us call it, Queer Eye for the Straight Flush. Kevin was alluding to another show on Bravo called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

    • Phil: And in third place we have Carrie Fisher with 4200. I think she needs a little help from Obi-wan Kenobi. Obi-wan Kenobi is a Jedi Master in Star Wars where Carrie played Princess Leia.

    • Kevin: We started with five players. We're down to Mimi versus David. David versus the voluptuous Goliath. The story of David and Goliath is a popular passage from the Book of Samuel in the Bible. David is the Israelite who goes up against and beats the behemoth Philistine champion Goliath using a stone and a sling.

    • Mimi: (to David) Be afraid. Be very afraid. The line spoken by Mimi Rogers originated from the 1986 horror flick The Fly starring Jeff Goldblum, who co-starred with her in the 1992 movie Shooting Elizabeth.

    • Wanda: Mena's just looking at you like I wish you would. Travis: She's hungry like the wolf, I know. "Hungry Like the Wolf" is a single by Duran Duran off their 1982 album Rio.

    • Wanda: We can go on the road. Get a big-ass bus. Make Jerome drive it. Jerome: going from the Loser's Lounge to the table Give me my damn bus! Give my bus! I ain't drivin' no Miss Daisy! Driving Miss Daisy is a 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman, Dan Aykroyd, and Jessica Tandy as Miss Daisy Werthan.

    • Mo: Shall we sing around "Row, row, row your boat"? Danny, you go first. Danny: How's it go? Mo: Row, row, row... How's it go? (laughs) James: They didn't know that song in the 70's, okay? James Woods was referring to Danny as being part of the show That 70's Show.

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  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • delete this post please

    By Chantom, Sep 16, 2006

  • An entertaining show, even for people who can't play poker!

    By UndeniablyNikki, Jan 17, 2007

  • This show is about how these people try to win large amounts of money and get bands.

    By lookimsowhite, Dec 20, 2006

  • This is one of the poker shows that got me hooked on poker.

    By QuadzillaNU, Nov 29, 2006

  • Shuffle up and deal.

    By adrian313, Aug 20, 2006