Who Are The Best Celebrity Poker Players?
Poker appeals to everyone from the rich members of society looking to enjoy the new phenomenon to young students seeking fame and fortune. On television there are regularly celebrity poker tournaments where we see famous actors, sportsman and society figures squaring off on the green felt. The competitive nature of Poker appeals to sportsman perhaps after their sporting retirement looking for a new pursuit and actors enjoy meeting their fans and gaining exposure for their charitable causes and in the case of our profiled players, their own pockets!
One thing in common with celebrities and sports people alike is their desire to win. Whilst I cringe at some of the weak plays on TV by some of the celebrities particularly in the heats leading to the finals some of the well-known poker players are becoming very good at the game and are posting some big results on the circuits around the world. So the biggest question is who is the best celebrity poker player?
I will give you three well-known players and you decide who the best player really is.
Ben Affleck – Actor
Ben received tuition from Annie Duke and won a $10,000 buy-in event at the WPT California State Poker Championship winning $356,400 in 2004. Ben still plays in most World Series of Poker events and plays in big money cash games with friends from Hollywood including Matt Damon and Jack Black. Bankroll is not a major problem for this Hollywood actor and Ben is one of the few superstars from a none poker background to hold a major championship title.
Michael Greco – Actor
Michael is better known as “Beppe” from Eastenders in the 1990’s. Michael has had lots of excellent results in Poker. A good all round player he has won a leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour for $10,000 and has made two final tables at the World Series of Poker. This year, in 2009, he finished third in the $1500 No Limit Holdem event for $248,855. He also has high finishes in the EPT events finishing 71st in the grand final event for $32,871. Michael is considered by UK Poker experts to be on the of the finest UK poker players, not just of the celebrity community and is one of the more active players known as a celebrity.
Tony Cascarino – Ex-Footballer
After finishing his career scoring goals he turned to acquiring chips for a living. Tony immediately took to poker like a duck to water and is a regular feature of British poker events. He won the 7th leg of the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour in 2008 for $99,078 and followed that up with 6th place in the grand final for another hefty prize of $54,795. In 2006 he won the Caribbean Poker Classic for $28,400. Tony is considered, like Michael Greco, an excellent all round poker player not just a good celebrity player.
Teddy Sheringham – Footballer
Teddy spent years partnering Alan Shearer for England and playing for teams such as Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur until his career started winding down at the age of 42. He is known as a bit of a playboy and has been sponsored by large poker sites in the past. Teddy regularly appears in the big poker tournaments posting deep runs in many of them. He won $20,000 in 2006 finishing 9th in the UK Poker Open.
It seems everyone loves poker including the celebrities. Model Leilani is also a keen poker player so you never know who you might end up sitting with at a poker tournament. It may be a famous Sports person, beautiful model, or a well-known poker professional. Who is the best celebrity poker player? It is hard to say but I would prefer none of the four players stated above on my table.
By Malcolm Clarke