Celebs Who Play Poker

CELEBRITIES WHO PLAY POKER

Poker is one of the few games where an amateur can soundly beat a professional, and where your net worth or social status won’t help you in the slightest. Everyone is equal at the poker table, and it’s this aspect that may attract celebrities, who are so used to the fake glitz and glamour, that the harsh reality check of getting soundly beaten might be a welcome change.

Regardless of their reasons, more than a few famous people regularly sit down at the tables armed with big stacks to try their luck. Some are A-list actors, while others are better known for their sporting achievements. Here are some of the most famous celebrities who also play poker.

AARON PAUL

Profession: Actor, Producer, Voice Actor

Known For: Breaking Bad

Net Worth: $20 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $0

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Aaron Paul is best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman on the hit TV show Breaking Bad, but what a lot of people may not know about him is his love for poker. Paul has been spotted playing in games for years, from a charity PokerStars web series on YouTube, to PokerStars Championships and several appearances at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

As of 2021, he has not yet won any major tournaments or managed to take home any winnings at the WSOP. Unconfirmed reports suggest he has been moderately successful in ring games and smaller tournaments, but for the most part, his skills at the tables are said to be seriously lacking, and with no major wins or bracelets to his name, it looks like this rumor might be true. Maybe stick to the cooking Jesse!

BEN AFFLECK

Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter

Known For: Being Matt Damon’s best friend, Paycheck, Daredevil, Reindeer Games, Pearl Harbor, Phantoms, Runner Runner, Surviving Christmas, Gigli, The Last Thing He Wanted

Net Worth: $150 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $356,400

Poker Bracelets: 0

Major Tournament Wins: One. 2004 California State Poker Championship

Ben Affleck takes a lot of criticism for his acting abilities, but it's hard to argue that he is one of the biggest and most successful stars Hollywood has ever produced. Along with his success in the film industry, he also likes to play a sneaky game of poker. Affleck is one of the few celebrities who has a State Poker Championship win to his name, which he won in 2004. To date, this is his most significant and only disclosed poker championship win.

Affleck has been spotted taking part in various poker games, including the infamous “Molly's Game,” a regular high-stakes poker game run by Spiderman star Tobey Maguire and Molly Bloom. There is no reliable source on his skill at the tables, his overall win/loss ratio, or how much money he may have won or lost over the years, but it's safe to say he must at least be competent at the game if he won a State Poker Championship. Affleck has also allegedly won more than $1 million at the blackjack tables, which has subsequently seen him banned from at least one venue.

BRAD GARRETT

Profession: Actor, Voice Actor, Comedian, Professional Poker Player

Known For: Everybody Loves Raymond, ‘Til Death, Gleason, The Pacifier

Net Worth: $50 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $14,463

Poker Bracelets: 0

Major Tournament Wins: None, however, nine times took home winnings, including twice at a World Series of Poker event

Brad Garrett has had a very successful acting career, but he also has a semi-successful professional poker career on the side. Poker can be a very serious game, especially when a lot of money is on the line, however, Garrett is known for being extremely jovial at the tables, often cracking jokes with spectators, players, the dealer and anybody else he can find.

He has made appearances in the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship and Poker Night in America, where he famously got into a heated argument with Phil "The Poker Brat" Hellmuth, about his constant trash talking. Garrett has earned far more money in the entertainment industry but has still amassed a respectable $14,463 in poker winnings since 2016. Garrett is also known for hosting charity poker events to support the Maximum Hope Foundation, which helps children with serious illnesses.

DON CHEADLE

Profession: Actor

Known For: Iron Man Series, The Avengers Series, Captain America: Civil War, Ocean’s Trilogy

Net Worth: $35 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $0

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Don Cheadle has found a lot of success in recent years playing James Rhodes in the Iron Man Series and multiple films connected to the Marvel Universe; however, he is also a dedicated poker player. Cheadle has yet to win any major tournaments or significant prizes but has made appearances in many televised poker programs over the years, including the NBC Heads Up Championship event, Poker After Dark and Celebrity Poker Shoot Out.

Arguably his greatest poker-related achievement has been creating the “Ante Up for Africa” charity foundation with Annie Duke and Norman Epstein. In partnership with the World Series of Poker, the annual no limit hold'em tournament raises funds for charities that help people in Sudan. To date, they have raised millions for the cause.

EDWARD NORTON

Profession: Actor

Known For: Rounders, The Italian Job, The Incredible Hulk, Fight Club

Net Worth: $300 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $3,481

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Two total money finishes

One of Edward Norton's most famous roles was in the 1999 cult classic Fight Club, but only a year earlier, he was in a film called Rounders, which portrayed the world of high-stakes poker. In the real world, Norton has taken home winnings twice in two separate Texas Hold'em events.

Other than the two times he has disclosed his winnings, Norton’s time at the tables has been relatively sporadic, with only one other documented appearance at a charity game. Leonardo DiCaprio auctioned off a seat for the game, offering someone the chance to sit down and play poker with Norton; ultimately, one lucky fan paid over $100,000 for the opportunity.

GERARD PIQUE

Profession: Soccer Player

Known For: Play for Manchester United and Barcelona. Being one of the greatest defenders ever

Net Worth: $50 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $667,103

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Five total money finishes

International soccer superstar Gerard Pique is no stranger to the poker tables, with his first recorded money finish at a PokerStars event all the way back in 2011. He has played in the World Series of Poker, the European Poker Tour and a PokerStars Championship, earning a total of $667,103. To date, his best placing was in a European Poker Tour event where he came second and went home with $391,775.

GABE KAPLAN

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Professional Poker Player

Known For: Welcome Back, Kotter, Lewis and Clark

Net Worth: $50 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $1,388,533

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Made the final table at the World Poker Tour (WPT) once, and seven times at World Series of Poker events, with 19 money finishes across his poker career

Gabe Kaplan is easily one of the most successful celebrity poker players ever. He was first introduced to the game during his acting career, and by the late 1970s, he made his first appearance at a World Series of Poker event (WSOP). Only two years later, Kaplan had established himself as a legitimate professional poker player and won the main event at Amarillo Slim's Super Bowl of Poker, scoring $190,000 in the process. He would make the final table at the event two more times over the next few years.

In 2004, Kaplan won third place in World Poker Tour no-limit Texas hold'em event, earning $256,519. The following year, he finished in second place at the 2005 World Series of Poker Limit Hold'em event, winning another $222,515. He won NBC's Poker After Dark in 2007 and would finish in ninth place at the World Series of Poker $50,000 HORSE event. In 2008, Kaplan won Poker After Dark again, beating several great players such as Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, and Doyle Brunson. Gabe Kaplan may have started in Hollywood, but since the 1980s, he has spent more time at the poker table than acting.

HANK AZARIA

Profession: Actor, Comedian, Voice Actor

Known For: The Simpsons, The Smurfs, Brockmire, Friends

Net Worth: $90 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $0

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Hank Azaria made his fortune voicing multiple characters on the hit TV show The Simpsons, but he is also known behind the scenes as an avid poker player. Most of his public appearances at poker tables have been in charity tournaments, and he doesn't appear to frequent any major games in the public eye.

JAMES WOODS

Profession: Actor

Known For: Once Upon A Time in America, Salvador, Ghosts of Mississippi, Casino, Family Guy

Net Worth: $10 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $316,952

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Has made two final tables at World Series of Poker events, two money finishes at the World Poker Tour, and has taken home winnings a massive 87 times during his time at the tables

James Woods has had a brilliant career in both film and theatre, but the Oscar-nominated thespian is also a killer at the poker tables. Woods is known as a methodical and formidable poker player. He has entered the World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour multiple times; however, most of his wins have been relatively small, barely more than a few thousand dollars each time, which makes his career total of over $300,000 even more impressive.

JASON ALEXANDER

Profession: Actor, Comedian, Director

Known For: Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm

Net Worth: $50 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $30,953

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Seinfeld star Jason Alexander has been a familiar face in the poker world for a long time, taking part in numerous World Series of Poker events, and the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship. In 2007, he narrowly missed making the final table of the “Ante Up For Africa” event, but he won the Celebrity Poker Showdown in its 8th season, winning $500,000 for his chosen charity. His online and live poker skills have also seen several online poker sites approach him and offer sponsorship opportunities.

JENNIFER TILLY

Profession: Actress, Voice Actor, Professional Poker Player

Known For: Child's Play Franchise, Bound, Family Guy

Net Worth: $25 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $923,904

Poker Bracelets: One World Series of Poker Ladies' Event

Major Tournament Wins: World Series of Poker Ladies' Event

The only celebrity on our list to win a World Series of Poker Tournament, Jennifer Tilly is arguably the most successful celebrity to make the switch and become a professional poker player. Tilly's father was a regular gamer and poker player who sparked her interest in the game when he gave her a video game, World Series of Poker, at a young age. However, it wasn't until she moved to Hollywood as a fledgling actress that she learnt how to play poker.

Tilly's first big win came in 2005 when she won the World Series of Poker Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold'em event, beating 600 other players and earning her first bracelet. In the same year, she came third in the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament. She has also appeared in the Celebrity Poker Showdown, Poker After Dark and in the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions video game with her current boyfriend, poker professional Phil Laak.

KEVIN POLLAK

Profession: Actor, Comedian, Podcast Host

Known For: A Few Good Men, The Usual Suspects, Casino, The Whole Nine Yards, Kevin Pollak's Chat Show, an amazing Christopher Walken impression

Net Worth: $8 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $68,688

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Kevin Pollak has been one of the biggest celebrities to have a constant presence in the poker world. He was the host of Celebrity Poker Showdown, and in 2012, he managed to come 134th in the World Series of Poker Main Event, pocketing $52,718 for his trouble.

In 2015, Pollak took on Vanessa Selbst in the 2015 Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout on NBCSN; however, he failed to beat her and lost out on the $1 million first-place prize. Away from public poker events, Pollak is known to host a weekly poker game with some of his famous friends.

KEVIN HART

Profession: Comedian, Actor

Known For: Think Like a Man, Grudge Match, Ride Along, Jumanji Series

Net Worth: $200 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $47,828

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

A megastar in the comedy world and highly successful actor, Kevin Hart often takes time off to play poker. He has been a keen player for many years but hasn’t had a money finish since 2014 when he won $4,783. He hasn’t had a great deal of success in public tournaments, but Hart is still known to dabble in private high-stakes ring games.

MATT DAMON

Profession: Actor, Screenwriter

Known For: Being Ben Affleck's best friend, Stuck on You, The Legend of Bagger Vance, The Brothers Grimm, All The Pretty Horses, EuroTrip, Invictus

Net Worth: $170 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $0

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Matt Damon will always be known in poker circles for starring in the film Rounders, arguably the best poker movie of all time. Damon first started playing poker to prepare for the role, and allegedly lost close to $25,000 while learning to play. Damon continued playing poker after Rounders and has since made several appearances at The World Series of Poker, and was also part of “Molly's Game,” an infamous celebrity poker game.

RAY ROMANO

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter, Voice Actor

Known For: Everybody Loves Raymond, Men of a Certain Age, Ice Age, The Irishman

Net Worth: $200 million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $22,313

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Best known for his role on Everybody Loves Raymond and that big, loveable, grumpy mammoth in Ice Age, Ray Romano has been a keen poker player for many years. He’s been a regular at World Series of Poker events but has rarely made much of an impact at the tables. Twice he’s walked away with winnings; one for the “Ante Up for Africa” charity tournament and another separate no limit hold'em event in 2013.

SAM SIMON

Profession: Director, Writer, Poker Player

Known For: Co-creator of the Simpsons

Net Worth: $100 Million at the time of his death in 2015

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $344,425

Poker Bracelets: None. Six money finishes at World Series of Poker events, taken home his winnings 22 times in his career

Before his death in 2015, Sam Simon was most well-known for his role in creating the Simpsons. However, he had also had a lot of success as a poker player, winning at least $344,425 during his time at the tables. He was introduced to poker relatively young at his weekly family poker games and casino trips with his grandfather, but he did not consider himself a serious poker player.

While he never pursued a career in poker, he still racked up some serious wins playing in ring games and at several World Series of Poker events. Simon's private poker game with his celebrity friends also gained significant attention, but unlike the infamous "Molly's Game," his game was said to be wildly entertaining and fun. The reputation for hosting a fun poker night eventually saw him host a one-off celebrity poker TV show called "Sam's Game."

SHANE WARNE

Profession: Cricket Player, Commentator

Known For: Playing international cricket for Australia

Net Worth: $50 million dollars

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $118,315

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Two money finishes at the World Series of Poker

Cricket: a funny game that looks like something out of another era. Kind of like baseball, but not. Everyone is wearing white, there’s a break for lunch, and players shine the ball on their crotch. Yep, that really happens. That sport. Shane Warne was a controversial character during his cricket career, with many mistakes often outshining his achievements on the oval (the field). During his retirement years he has found a new hobby—poker. The former Australian bowler has two money finishes at World Series of Poker events and 12 times taken home winnings in other games.

SHANNON ELIZABETH

Profession: Actress, Professional Poker Player, Model

Known For: American Pie, Scary Movie

Net Worth: $7 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $219,420

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Four money finishes at World Series of Poker events, and walked away with winning nine times

She made a name for herself as the exchange student Nadia in the American Pie movies, but Shannon Elizabeth moved away from acting in teen movies to forge a successful poker career in the early 2000s. Elizabeth won a tournament celebrating the opening of a new poker room at Caesars Palace hotel in 2006, and in 2007, advanced to the semi-finals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.

She has also made multiple appearances at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) and the “Ante Up for Africa” charity tournament. Elizabeth hasn’t been as active at the tables in the last few years, with her last public appearance in 2013, but was known to make regular trips to Las Vegas to play in ring games during the height of her poker career.

TEDDY SHERINGHAM

Profession: Soccer Player, Soccer Manager

Known For: Playing Soccer, Managing Soccer

Net Worth: $10 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $282,263

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None. Made it to the final table of a European Poker Tour event and has seven money finishes to his name.

During his youth, Teddy Sheringham was one of the best English soccer stars to ever play the game. He has since tried his hand at becoming a team manager, but since at least 2009, he has had another career, poker. Sheringham was once a regular at various high stakes poker events from 2009 until around 2012.

He finished fourth in the 2009 World Series of Poker main event, taking home $40,481, and scored another $28,530 at another event in 2012. Sheringham also made the final table in a European Poker Tour game. As of 2021, he has not been sighted playing poker in any major public tournaments, but he still reportedly plays the occasional high stakes game.

TOBEY MAGUIRE

Profession: Actor

Known For: Spiderman

Net Worth: $75 Million

Disclosed Poker Earnings: $0

Poker Bracelets: None

Major Tournament Wins: None

Tobey Maguire was once one of the biggest stars in Hollywood demanding millions for every film appearance. On the side, he was also reportedly making a killing at poker tables. Most of Maguire’s poker career has been at private and underground games, so details are scarce on how good he is, and how much money he has won or lost. Nearly everything known about Maguire comes from the infamous celebrity poker game dubbed “Molly's Game.”

When Molly Bloom wrote a book about the game, which turned into a movie, Maguire—albeit under an alias—was said to be a gifted poker player, but also a childish bully who would go to extreme lengths to win. Maguire has never publicly addressed the book, and Molly’s Game has long since become defunct, but he is still occasionally spotted playing a sneaky game of poker.

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