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Celebrities at the WSOP

Over the last decade, the WSOP has not only been a place to see the finest poker players on the tables but many celebrities as well, and some of them are not too bad either. Here, we will explore a bit more about some of the celebrities you may be able to find at these tables.

Obviously, as the buy in is $10,000, there are only a few people who can realistically afford to enter this tournament, and celebrities are one of the few that can afford this entry fee.

Here are several of the players who have turned up to the event year in year out for the last few years. Ray Romano (of Everybody Loves Raymond fame), James Woods (twice Oscar-nominated actor), Jennifer Tilly (actor in Liar-Liar now professional poker player) and Matt Damon (known for Good Will Hunting, Rounders’ and Saving Private Ryan) are all players that turn up every year.

There are also several sports stars that show up to play the WSOP. Teddy Sheringham (former Manchester United striker) is somebody that was a huge passion with poker and loves the WSOP event.

Boris Becker (former world number-one tennis player and one of many faces of Pokerstars) has a strong connection to the game. Shane Warne (former Australian cricket player now the partner of Liz Hurley) will undoubtedly be there because of his connection to 888 Poker. Micheal Phelps (ex-Australian swimmer) is one that people will always be on the lookout for at these events. Many poker players, including Phil Hellmuth have said that Micheal Phelps is one to watch out for on the circuit.

The issue with celebrities at the WSOP is none of them have ever run really deep in recent years when the field expanded. However, the pool of celebrities playing in the tournament is increasing every year so you would imagine it would only be a matter of time before one of them picks up a sizeable cheque.

There are two Hollywood names who have not yet been mentioned; Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire. Ben Affleck (most known for Dogma, Armageddon and Pearl Harbour) was trained by Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke (two notable poker pros.) He is one of the only big celebrities to win a major tournament having won the 2004 California State Poker Championships. Tobey Maguire (most known as the actor who plays Spiderman) is one of the finest celebrity poker players. He is one of the only celebrities to cash in the WSOP (2007), and he has a strong poker CV outside of the WSOP having won the 2004 $2,000 Phil Hellmuth Invitational. In fact, Hellmuth once said on an episode of Poker after Dark that he believed Maguire had won in excess of $10 million playing poker in Hollywood.

As the number of celebrities hitting the WSOP continues to increase, and their standard keeps increasing as well it will not be long until we see a big-name run deep in the main event and maybe one day we may see a celebrity winner.

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