Stan’s Lists – Celebrity Poker Television Shows

[SS] “I’m sure I’m missing some of the more obscure ones, because I honestly don’t like watching bad poker, but here’s my list of the most popular celebrity poker TV shows”, Stan the Stat offered.

Celebrity Poker Shows on U.S. Television1

Show (Wikipedia link) Network Years (IMDB link) Location2 Commentators Notes
Celebrity Poker Live CBS 2012 Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles, CA) Joshua Escandon, Tami Farrell, Danielle Demski Players compete for $10,000 for their favorite charity; 12 episodes; celebrities include David Alan Grier, Jessica Hall, Jose Canseco, Richard Karn, and No Doubt drummer Adrian Young
Sam’s Game Playboy TV 2009-10 Palms Casino Resort Sam Simon Hosted by Sam Simon, writer for The Simpsons; 14 episodes; players include Artie Lange, Brande Roderick, Dave Attell, Jennifer Tilly (Simon’s ex-wife!), Jeff Ross, Deanna Brooks, Andrea Lowell, Phil Laak, Jay Kogen; said that the “hilariously funny reality poker game show is full of sexy women and foul language”; set in Hugh Hefner’s exclusive sky villa
Black Poker Stars Invitational BET 2008 Planet Hollywood Kenny Burns and David Williams 12 black entertainers, including Nelly, compete for a $50,000 prize pool; 8 episodes
Pechanga Celebrity Poker Challenge Fox Sports Net 2007 Pechanga Resort and Casino (Temecula, CA) Phil Gordon and Mieke Buchan 15 players compete for a $20,000 first prize and a $50,000 prize pool; the winners of each of the three tables automatically advanced, while the 2nd and 3rd place finishers played RoShamBo for the other three spots; celebrities include athletes Ivan Lendl, Mark Rypien, Grant Fuhr, Jeremy Roenick, Rollie Fingers, Gary Carter, and Seth Joyner, and actors Jack Wagner and Alfonso Ribeiro; spoiler (highlight to see): former MLB player Kurt Bevacqua won the 2007 event
VH1 Classic Rock Celebrity Poker Tournament VH1 2007 Flamingo Hotel Phil Hellmuth and Mark Tenner 8-player single-table tournament; 5 celebrities and 3 amateurs compete for a top prize worth $2,500 plus a free trip to Aruba for the UltimateBet Poker Classic; rockers Ace Frehley (KISS), Dusty Hill (ZZ Top), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Sully Erna (Godsmack), and Vinnie Paul (Pantera); spoiler (highlight to see): Scott Ian won the event
Celebrity Poker Showdown Bravo 2003-06 Palms Casino (2004-05; Paradise, NV), Harrah’s Entertainment (2006) Dave Foley and Phil Gordon 25 players compete in a shootout tournament; the 8 tournaments feature actors like Ben Affleck, David Schwimmer, Martin Sheen, Angie Dickinson, and Carrie Fisher, and athletes like Jerome Bettis, James Blake, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Hawk; Spoiler (highlight to see): the 8 winners were Nicole Sullivan, Maura Tierney, Seth Meyers, Mekhi Phifer, Brad Garrett, Kathy Najimy, Steven Culp, and Jason Alexander
E! Hollywood Hold’em E! 2005 various celebrity homes Phil Laak a.k.a. Hollywood Poker Night; $10,000 buy-in single-table tournament; 6 episodes; players include Laura Prepon, Macaulay Culkin, Vince Van Patten, Shannon Elizabeth, Patrick Warburton, and Zachary Levi

[SS] “I’ve probably watched at most a few minutes of most of these shows.”

[RR] “Funny, I never pictured you as a Playboy TV subscriber.”

[SS] “Not including that one.”


  1. The table is sorted by recency. Tap on the header to sort by any column. You need to view the post by itself for this to work.

    The Pro-Am Poker Equalizer could have been included in this list, but two-thirds of the players and five-sixths of the final table were pros.

  2. In addition, from 2003 to 2011 the World Poker Tour ran an annual WPT Celebrity Invitational (as part of the L.A. Poker Classic at the Commerce Casino in California) that has aired on its regular television show. Tons of celebrities, including James Garner, Jason Alexander, Lou Diamond Phillips, Chaka Khan, and Pete Sampras, to name a meager few, joined the pros for the event.

  3. All locations are in Las Vegas, Nevada unless specified otherwise.

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