We like watching our favorite celebrities and we enjoy watching card games. Therefore, what could be better than combining the two and watching a celebrity poker tournament? Imagine all of your favorite stars gathered around a poker table, vying with one another for the chance to win big money to donate to his or her favorite charity. The excitement of the game, and the thrill and anticipation makes this interesting, television viewing.
Bravo Television aired a series that was titled “Celebrity Poker Showdown” and it did quite well for the five seasons it aired. The premise was simple: bring together actors and actresses to play cards against one another. There was a series of tournaments. The winners of each tournament would then play against each other in a championship match. The goal of the entire series was for each actor and actress to raise money for his or her charity.
The “Celebrity Poker Showdown” started off with five players. First, there were five games played, and the winner of each game was given a silver poker chip to commemorate his or her win. Then the final poker championship was played and it was comprised of each celebrity winner from the previous five games. It was very much like The World Series of Poker, where people are eliminated through a series of rounds to get to the championship game. The card game played was Texas Hold Em and the stakes went as high as a million dollars. That is quite a hefty purse!
If you think that Bravo sought out B list actors and actresses, then you would be greatly mistaken. Such stars as Don Cheadle, Ben Affleck and Jason Alexander took part. The contest of skill was not limited to actors and actresses though. Dave Navarro, Coolio and even sports legend Dennis Rodman all sat at the green poker table and placed their bets to win for their favorite charity.
Unfortunately, Bravo elected not to continue “Celebrity Poker Showdown.” The show only lasted five seasons but eight tournaments were held during that time. Five seasons is not a bad showing, as some television shows barely last one. Most of the tournaments were held at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada but the final tournament was moved to Harrah’s in New Orleans, Louisiana. The last poker tournament was to benefit the Hurricane Katrina victims so at least something good came from the entire series.