Vince Van Patten, an announcer for the World Poker Tour, who co-wrote and starred in an upcoming poker film.
After the movie Molly's Game that was released last year, poker fans have a new movie coming their way very soon and its main cast is the World Poker Tour's Vince Van Patten. According to IMDb.com, "Walk to Vegas" is based on a true story about Hollywood big shots who will bet on anything.
In the old days, conventional belief considers it "unladylike" for any woman to be seen at a poker table, since poker has been a man's game for so long that most people have assumed that naturally it is only for men. That stereotyping perspective has been shattered long ago and has since paved the way to an ever-increasing generation of female card players, and not only can some of them be very good at playing poker, the guys can't seem to take their eyes off of them as well because of their feminine beauty, of course.
Day 3 of the $10,000 World Poker Tour L.A. Poker Classic came to a close when 63 players remained and the money bubble bursted. The final 63 players that will return for Day 4 tonight are guaranteed to take home at least $18,970 and the chip leader is Jesse Yaginuma (picture) with 804,000.
In case you didn't watch the live stream yesterday: It was a really thrilling final table of PartyPoker Premier League VI! Over the course of the final table 6 of 8 players took turns at holding the lead, and it took almost 5 levels before the first player (Talal Shakerchi) was eliminated.
Jennifer Tilly, Tobias Reinkemier and Daniel Cates all busted out during the 5th level, which left 4 players fighting for the top prize of $450,000. When four-handed play kicked off it was Jonathan Duhamel who had the biggest stack. However, he was out next after doubling up Sam Trickett and then losing his remaining chips to Dan Shak
There is now only 1 heat left to be played in Group B as Talal Shakerchi, a hedge fund manager who won EPT London High Roller last week, defeated Tobias Reinkemeier heads-up in Heat 3 for 16 well-deserved points.
Sam Simon has written, produced and directed many popular TV shows (The Drew Carey Show, Cheers etc) in his life, but he's best known for developing the animated comedy series The Simpsons in 1989, along with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks.
When it comes to poker, he was a regular at the World Series of Poker of poker (6 cashes in total) between 2007 and 2011; he appeared on a 2009 episode of High Stakes Poker and has been married to poker pro and actor Jennifer Tilly, who's married to Phil Laak now.
On Sunday, the long-awaited poker episiode of The Simpsons was finally broadcasted: "Gone, Abie, Gone." The main theme focused on Abe (Homer's dad) and a mistress he met while performing music at various bars during his 30s. Meanwhile Homer is burned while ordering onion rings at Krusty Burger. He sues the restaurant, gets $5,000, then deposits the money into an online site because Moe tells him that it's safer than a normal bank account.
Event #5: €10,450 Mixed Max (nine handed on Day 1; six handed on Day 2; and then heads-up for the final 16) kicked off yesterday with 96 players. After eight levels of play, 52 of them had chips left and Jennifer Tilly had the largest pile of chips in front of her. In total, she accumulated an amazing 218,500 chips during the day - about 90k more than her closest opponent, Faraz Jaka. Apart from Jaka and Tilly, big names such as Marvin Rettenmair (109k), Michael Mizrachi (89,7k) and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier (82,5k) finished Day 1 with plenty of chips as well.
Day 2 of the tournament starts later today and it will defintely be a very exciting day of poker because only 16 of the remaining players will receive their share of the €921,600 prize pool. The winner will take home €258,047 while the runner-up will get €159,459. We will be back with another update tomorrow morning.
Some fun news for all poker players and Simpsons fans out there. According to Inside TV, poker pro and actress Jennifer Tilly will make a cameo appearance in an episode of Simpsons' as herself, popping up in an instructional DVD that Lisa watches to brush up on her card skills.
Tilly, the ex-wife of Sam Simon, who developed The Simpsons with Matt Groening and James L. Brooks, frequently lends her voice to another animated Fox Comedy, Family Guy. Apart from Family Guy, Tilly has made vocal work for popular films such as Monsters INC and Stuart Little.
The Simpsons' episode with Jennifer Tilly will be aired early next season - the show's 24th.
A few days ago we wrote that Jennifer Tilly is about to quit poker and that she will focus on her acting career instead. Yesterday, Party Poker posted a video interview with Jennifer Tilly where she says that she's not giving up poker, but instead she's no longer going to have it as her top priority in life.
Jennifer Tilly's poker career took off like a rocket back in 2005 when the won the WSOP Ladies Even for $158k. After that win Tilly took a break from her acting career and put all focus on playing poker together with her boyfriend Phil Laak, who probably doesn't need a closer presentation. Anyhow, Tilly's poker career has been like a yoyo since the win in 2005 and her live tournament winnings today are about $700k.
We all know that almost anything can happen in the poker world, and probably that is why poker always has been so popular? A few examples, we are used to hearing about some really sick bad beats, people that become rich in no-time with a little bit of luck, people that start "fighting" in a big tournament when the cameras are rolling etc. The list can be made long.
However, here are 5 classic poker moments that occured during the 21st century. And you know what the best thing is? It was all caught on camera!
1. Prahlad Friedman rapping
After watching this clip, you will probably agree with me when I say that Friedman should stick to playing poker.
Jennifer Tilly, 51, is known mostly for her talent as an American-Canadian actress, but also for being a great poker player and the girl friend of Phil "The Unabomber" Laak. She has won over half a million dollars from different live tournaments, and also won a WSOP Bracelet a few years back. Jennifer has always been happy to share things in her life with others on the internet. But lately she stopped after she found out that some people were writing really bad things about her.
"It used to be really fun and interesting to speak to other poker players on the internet. Lately, however, I have read a lot of bad things about myself that made me feel really sad";Jennifer says.
Jennifer Tilly is only one of many celebs with similar problems. For example: Gus Hansen had problems not long ago with people claiming to be him by creating fake facebook-accounts and websites in his name.