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Take one part WPT, mix with twenty-five parts celebrity editions of any game show and reality show you can think of... and you get Celebrity Poker Showdown, a six-part elimination tournament to decide who is the best home-game poker player in Hollywood and win part of a $250,000 prize pool. And it's all for charity, of course.

Recaps by Chris Wolvie, GSNN


FACT FILE:
Hosts:
Dave Foley and Phil Gordon (Kevin Pollak, Season 1)
EP: Joshua Malina, Marcia Mule, Andrew Hill Newman, Bryan Scott
Packager: Bravo
Airs: Sundays at 9:00pm ET on Bravo


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What follows are televised-hand-by-televised-hand accounts. Obviously, since it's only two-hour shows (one hour for the first five of the first tournament), most hands are not televised so you're going to see a lot of jumping of the dealer button.

What's a "dealer button"? What's "all-in"? What the heck is this weird poker game they're playing? See my Poker Primer.

With the popularity of World Poker Tour on the Travel Channel and the "World Series of Poker" on ESPN, Bravo decided to try to boost its mediocre ratings with its OWN poker tournament. Take one part WPT, mix with twenty-five parts celebrity editions of any game show and reality show you can think of...and you get Celebrity Poker Showdown, a six-part elimination tournament to decide who is the best home-game poker player in Hollywood and win part of a $250,000 prize pool (or $1 million in the seventh tournament). And it's all for charity, of course. Look below to get a somewhat hand-by-hand account of the fun. Clink an active link below for a recap of each show:

TOURNAMENT 1

Episode 1 (airdate 12/2/03)
Ben Affleck
Don Cheadle
Will Garson
Emily Procter
David Schwimmer
Episode 2 (airdate 12/9/03)
Timothy Busfield
Allison Janney
Richard Schiff
Martin Sheen
John Spencer
Episode 3 (airdate 12/16/03)
Hank Azaria
Michael Ian Black
Peter Facinelli
Mo Gaffney
Nicole Sullivan
     
Episode 4 (airdate 12/23/03)
Coolio
Shannon Elizabeth
Ron Livingston
Paul Rudd
Sarah Silverman
Episode 5 (airdate 1/6/04)
David Cross
Carrie Fisher
Tom Green
Mimi Rogers
Scott Stapp
Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 1/13/04)
David Cross
Will Garson
Paul Rudd
Richard Schiff
Nicole Sullivan

 


TOURNAMENT 2

Episode 1 (airdate 5/27/04)
Jerome Bettis
Rosario Dawson
Mena Suvari
Wanda Sykes
Travis Tritt
Episode 2 (airdate 6/3/04)
Timothy Busfield
Mo Gaffney
Dule Hill
Danny Masterson
James Woods
Episode 3 (airdate 6/10/04)
Michael Ian Black
Star Jones
Norm MacDonald
Adam Rodriguez
Jeremy Sisto
     
Episode 4 (airdate 6/17/04)
Sean Astin
Lauren Graham
Chris Masterson
Matthew Perry
Sara Rue
Episode 5 (airdate 6/24/04)
James Blake
Jon Favreau
Andy Richter
Tom Everett Scott
Maura Tierney
Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 7/1/04)
Michael Ian Black
Rosario Dawson
Lauren Graham
Dule Hill
Maura Tierney

 


TOURNAMENT 3

Episode 1 (airdate 7/8/04)
Willie Garson
Jennie Garth
Richard Kind
Dave Navarro
Jerry O'Connell
Episode 2 (airdate 7/15/04)
Angie Dickinson
Jeff Gordon
Kathy Griffin
Penn Jillette
Ron Livingston 
Episode 3 (airdate 7/22/04)
Will Arnett
Jason Bateman
David Cross
Peter Facinelli
Judy Greer
     
Episode 4 (airdate 7/29/04)
Michael Badalucco
Bobby Flay
Steve Harris
Kathy Najimy
Mimi Rogers
Episode 5 (airdate 8/5/04)
Hank Azaria
Seth Meyers
Gail O'Grady
Amy Poehler
Jeffrey Ross
Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 8/12/04)
Dave Navarro
Jeff Gordon
David Cross
Steve Harris
Seth Meyers



TOURNAMENT 4

Episode 1 (airdate 10/10/04)
Christopher Meloni
Matthew Perry
Stephen Root
Sarah Silverman
Michael Vartan
Episode 2 (airdate 10/17/04)
Bobby Cannavale
Tony Hawk
Cheryl Hines
Dennis Rodman
Ryan Stiles
Episode 3 (airdate 10/24/04)
Macaulay Culkin
Neil Flynn
Sara Gilbert
Ricki Lake
Kevin Nealon
     
Episode 4 (airdate 10/31/04)
Chevy Chase
Donny Deustch
Shannon Elizabeth
Kathy Griffin
Neil Patrick Harris
Episode 5 (airdate 11/7/04)
Angela Bassett
Jeff Garlin
Dave Navarro
Mekhi Phifer
Emily Procter
Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 11/14/04)
Neil Patrick Harris
Kevin Nealon
Matthew Perry
Mekhi Phifer
Dennis Rodman


TOURNAMENT 5

Episode 1 (airdate 1/25/05)
Brad Garrett
Catherine O'Hara
Ray Romano
Sara Rue
Curt Shulling
Episode 2 (airdate 2/1/05)
Jason Alexander
Nick Gonzalez
Allison Janney
Chris Kattan
Mary McCormack
Episode 3 (airdate 2/8/05)
Lacey Chabert
Bonnie Hunt
J.K. Simmons
Robert Wagner
Scott Wolf
     
Episode 4 (airdate 2/15/05)
Brandi Chastain
Camryn Manheim
Colin Quinn
Tom Verica
Kevin Weisman
Episode 5 (airdate 2/22/05)
Heather Graham
Jesse Metcalfe
Andrea Parker
Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Fred Willard
Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 3/1/05)
Jason Alexander
Brad Garrett
Bonnie Hunt
Colin Quinn
Malcolm-Jamal Warner

TOURNAMENT 6 - THE THEMED TOURNAMENT

Episode 1 - Reality All-Stars (airdate 8/18/05)
Jonny Fairplay Andrew Firestone Charla Baklayan Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth
Trishelle Cannatella
Episode 2 - Boys' Night Out (airdate 8/25/05)
Stephen Collins
Bryan Cranston
Peter Dinklage Meatloaf
Howie Mandel
Episode 3 - Ladies' Night (airdate 9/1/05)
Ricki Lake
Sharon Lawrence
Kathryn Morris
Kathy Najimy
Caroline Rhea
     
Episode 4 - The Usual CPS (airdate 9/8/05)
Anthony Anderson
Cheryl Hines
Amber Tamblyn
Alex Trebek
Michael Vartan
Episode 5 - Rosie And Friends (airdate 9/15/05)
Rosie O'Donnell
Mo Gaffney
Travis Tritt
Eddie Cibrian
Penny Marshall

Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 9/22/05)
Eddie Cibrian
Stephen Collins
Andrew Firestone
Cheryl Hines
Kathy Najimy



TOURNAMENT 7- THE MILLION-DOLLAR TOURNAMENT
Episode 1 (airdate 10/13/05)
Steven Culp
James Denton
Richardo Chavira
Mark Moses
Doug Savant
Episode 2 (airdate 10/20/05)
Barry Corbin
Joey Fatone
Gina Gershon
Andy Richter
James Woods
Episode 3 (airdate 10/27/05)
Carlos Bernard
Bill Brochtrup
Dule Hill
Kathleen Madigan
Kelli Williams
     
Episode 4 (airdate 11/3/05)
Oksana Baiul
Richard Belzer
Dean Cain
Nicholas Gonzalez
Kevin Nealon
Episode 5 (airdate 11/10/05)
Ian Gomez
Jeremy London
Camryn Manheim
Wendy Pepper
Alison Sweeney

Episode 6 - Championship (airdate 11/17/05)

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