It's time once again for another round of the second tournament of CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN, the charity tournament with BIG stakes!  There will be five games of five celebs each, with the winner of each game advancing to the Final Table and a big piece of the $250,000 Cingular Wireless(TM) Prize Pool for his/her charity.

Tonight, we have five brand new celebs scratching it out for their share of the prize pool:


James Blake
playing for Shriner's Hospital of Springfield, MA
James is a professional tennis player and was ATP Player of the Year in 2001.  Can he get Aces just like he serves on the court...or will he be force to make a "racquet" in the Lounge? 

Jon Favreau
playing for Caring For Children & Families with AIDS 
Jon is executive producer and host of the Independent Film Channel's Dinner For Five but also found time to direct the hit holiday film "Elf".  Can he make it drinks for four in the Lounge...or are his chances rather elf-like?

Andy Richter
playing for National Mental Health Foundation
After spending years as the "sidekick" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Andy went out on his own as is currently starring in Quintuplets.  Will he be the "big brother" of THIS fivesome...or will he be sent to selling life insurance like Ed McMahon?

Tom Everett Scott
playing for Caring For Children & Families with AIDS 
This former Grace Under Fire star recently took the role of Eric Wyczenski on the hit series ER.  Will he show grace this time...or will he need to be rushed to the Loser's Lounge, stat?

Maura Tierney
playing for Children's Aid Society/
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
Speaking of ER, Maura plays Dr. Abby Lockhart on that show, years after starring with CPS host Dave Foley on NewsRadio.  Will she be a smooth operator at this table...or will her reception fade?

Each celebrity will start with $10,000 worth of chips and the game will continue until one celebrity has all $50K in his/her possession, thus making him/her eligible for the Final Table.  At the announcers' position beside the Losers' Lounge are host Dave Foley and poker expert Phil Gordon.  They'll be calling the action emanating from the main room.

All right, enough of this garbage.  As Tournament Director Robert Thompson says, let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Blinds start at $100 (SB) and $200 (BB).  The Dealer Button (D) starts on Jon.

TomAndyJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
Q♠ 2♠ 6♣ 5♣ J♣ 9♦ K♥ Q♣ 3♣ 2♣
FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $600 FOLD
WIN $800
Andy: "It's pretty much all over now."

JamesMauraTom (D)Andy (SB)Jon (BB)
Q♥ J♣ 10♥ 8♥ 9♥ 2♥ 6♣ 3♦ 7♣ 6♥
FLOP: 9♠ 4♥ 7♥
Bets $500
Raises to $1000 Calls $500
TURN: 4♣
Bets $600 FOLD
WIN $3100
Though Jon had two pair, James' aggressive betting scared Jon out of the pot.

James Blake$11,300
Maura Tierney$10,200
Tom Everett-Scott$10,000
Andy Richter$9700
Jon Favreau$8800

TomAndyJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
A♣ 10♠ J♦ 7♣ 8♠ 5♦ 5♥ ??? A♥ 4♥
Raises to $1000 FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $800
FLOP: 6♣ 8♦ 9♥
Bets $1000 FOLD
WIN $3100

AndyJonJames (D)Maura (SB)Tom (BB)
A♠ K♦ 10♥ 2♦ K♣ 4♣ A♦ K♠ Q♥ 8♠
Raises to $1000 FOLD FOLD Raises to $2000 FOLD
Calls $1000
Little do Maura and Andy realize that have the EXACT SAME HAND!  It'll take a flush to win.
FLOP: A♥ 10♦ J♣
So much for that.  NEITHER of them can make a flush.  Unless one scares the other out, this will be a split pot!
Bets $2000
Raises to $4000 Calls $2000
Maura's bet is lowered to match Andy's all-in.  Doesn't matter; they're getting their money right back.
A♠ A♥ A♣ K♦ Q♠ A♦ A♥ A♣ K♠ Q♠
WIN $8700 WIN $8700

James Blake$12,000
Tom Everett-Scott$10,700
Andy Richter$9900
Maura Tierney$9400
Jon Favreau$8000

Blinds are now up to $200 (SB) and $400 (BB).
MauraTomAndy (D)Jon (SB)James (BB)
5♦ 3♥ K♠ 6♣ Q♥ J♠ K♦ Q♣ A♦ 5♣
FOLD FOLD Raises to $1800 Calls $1600 FOLD
Andy to Jon as Jon ponders a call: "You gotta pay to find out..."
Jon, as he calls: "Let's find out."
FLOP: 4♥ 8♦ 8♥
Bets $3000
WIN $7000

JonJamesMaura (D)Tom (SB)Andy (BB)
A♠ 10♠ A♦ 6♥ K♥ K♦ Q♦ 5♥ 7♦ 4♥
Raises to $1200 Calls $1200 Raises to $3200 FOLD FOLD
Calls $2000 FOLD
FLOP: Q♣ 7♥ 10♦
This is a "rainbow flop", three cards of different suits.  This starts Dave on a tangent about referring to "gay-friendly" as "pro homo".
Jon's bet is lowered to match Maura's all-in.  Jon needs an Ace to knock Maura out.
TURN: 6♠
  10♠ 10♦ A♠ Q♣ 7♥K♥ K♦ Q♣ 10♦ 7♥
WIN $19,400

Hand 9

JamesMauraTom (D)Andy (SB)Jon (BB)
Q♣ Q♥ 3♣ 2♠ A♠ 7♠ Q♦ 4♥ K♣ 10♦
Raises to $2400 FOLD Calls $2400 FOLD ALL-IN
Since Jon is all-in and can only win from any one player chips equal to what he put in himself (in this case, $2000 from each of James and Tom), the main pot stays at $6200 (Three $2000 bets plus Andy's Small Blind).  The extra $400 each bet by James and Tom go into a side pot that only they can bet into and win.
FLOP: J♦ 10♠ 6♥
Bets $1500 (Side) FOLD
Tom folding means James gets the side pot.  Now James and Jon battle for the main pot.  Jon needs a 10 to make "trips" or a King to make two pair.
OUCH!  BUT,...James can land a Queen to make "trips" and knock Jon out.
Q♣ Q♥ K♠ J♦ 10♠ K♣ K♠ 10♦ 10♠ J♦ 6♥ 3♥
WIN $2300 (Side) WIN $6200 (Main)
Jon has "tripled-up"!

Blinds are up again; they are now $300 (SB) and $600 (BB).
TomAndyJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
4♥ 4♦ Q♥ 5♠ 6♥ 5♣ Q♠ 8♠ K♦
Calls $600 FOLD FOLD Calls $300 CHECK
FLOP: K♠ J♠ 4♠
James flopped a flush!  Tom flopped three 4s!  And Maura pair!
Bets $1600 Raises to $3200
WIN $12,400
Before folding, Maura asks if she can show Tom or Andy her hand and ask their opinion.  Not only is that not legal...but what makes her think either of them would HELP her?

Maura Tierney$16,200
James Blake$12,400
Jon Favreau$8700
Tom Everett-Scott$7700
Andy Richter$5000

MauraTomAndy (D)Jon (SB)James (BB)
10♠ 9♦ A♠ 3♠ Q♣ 6♠ 4♣ 3♣ K♥ Q♦
FOLD Calls $600 FOLD Calls $300 Raises to $1600
Calls $1000 Calls $1000
James didn't HAVE to raise; since no one raised his Big Blind, he could have checked and seen the Flop for free.  But he has such a good hand that he had to try to force Tom and Jon out.  They didn't bite, though; Tom stayed with his suited "Baskin-Robbins" while Jon held his low "suited connectors".
FLOP: 2♥ 3♥ J♦
Both Tom and Jon flopped "crabs" (3s).
CHECK Bets $1000
Calls $1000 FOLD
TURN: 8♠
Bets $2500
WIN $9300
James' aggressive betting scared Tom and Jon out of their 3s.

JonJamesMaura (D)Tom (SB)Andy (BB)
A♣ 8♦ A♠ 6♥ 10♦ 6♦ K♦ 5♣ 8♠ 6♠
Raises to $1800 FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $1200
FLOP: 2♦ Q♠ 7♦
BANG!  Jon has Aces...and Andy is drawing dead.  Of course, he doesn't know that, so...
Calls $3200
Andy gives off a major "tell".  After going all-in, he stares at Jon.  This is a classic tell that Andy has nothing.  Jon must have caught it.  With the call, Andy is out of the tournament.
Even worse...Jon has the nut flush!
A♦ Q♦ 8♦ 7♦ 2♦ Q♠ Q♦ A♦ 8♠ 7♦
WIN $10,300 OUT - 5th Place

So a disgusted Andy sulks back to the Loser's Lounge, where he is greeted by Dave.  "It's all over but the drinking," Dave tells him.  Andy admits he tried to bluff.  Phil tells Andy it wasn't a terrible job at the bluff...and Dave says what was terrible was Jon's belief in him.  Well, the National Mental Health Association gets $5000...and Dave, supposedly on behalf of them, thanks Andy, saying, "Some of that will go to my Zoloft(TM)."  While Dave chugs down the anti-depressants, let's get back to four happy people at the table...
JamesMaura (D)Tom (SB)Jon (BB)
4♥ 3♠ J♥ 10♥ K♣ J♣ 5♣ 2♥
FOLD Raises to $1800 Raises to $3800 FOLD
Calls $2000
FLOP: 7♣ 6♠ 6♦
WIN $9800
Phil Gordon likes to say that the first one to bet into a pot when a pair is showing wins it.  Tom was about a 75% favorite of winning...and Maura didn't care to double him up.

Blinds are now $400 (SB) and $800 (BB).

As Robert Thompson announces the blinds going up, Dave comes out with tequila shots, stating that Robert has said that everyone must do a shot each time the blinds go up.  Of course, he was kidding...but he gives everyone a shot anyway.

TomJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
Q♣ 2♥ 4♦ 2♦ K♥ J♥ 10♣ 3♥
FOLD Raises to $2400 Calls $2000 FOLD
FLOP: J♣ 3♠ J♠
James flopped three Jacks!
Bets $2000
WIN $7600
And James takes over the chip lead!

James Blake$16,600
Jon Favreau$13,600
Maura Tierney$11,200
Tom Everett-Scott$8600
(See?  I wasn't kidding!)

MauraTom (D)Jon (SB)James (BB)
8♣ 6♣ 10♥ 9♠ Q♣ J♠ 9♦ 6♥
Calls $800 FOLD Raises to $2600 FOLD
Calls $1800
FLOP: A♥ 7♥ J♥
Bets $3000 FOLD
WIN $9000
Maura was bluffing, fronting that she had at least a flush draw.  Jon was playing with his chips before checking, a "tell" of weakness. 

JamesMaura (D)Tom (SB)Jon (BB)
A♥ J♠ A♦ J♣ 8♠ 2♠ 3♠ 3♥
Raises to $2500 Raises to $5000 FOLD FOLD
Calls $2500
Maura and James, again, have the SAME HAND!
FLOP: 2♥ 8♥ 4♣
James has a slight advantage now; he needs two running hearts to make a flush or the pot will be split.
Bets $3000 ALL-IN
Maura downs her tequila shot as she waits James' move.
WIN $21,600

JonJames (D)Maura (SB)Tom (BB)
10♠ 10♦ A♥ K♦ 10♣ 7♦ 5♠ 3♦
Raises to $2400 ALL-IN
Calls $3000
James downs HIS shot now.  It's a "coin flip" situation right now.
FLOP: 5♥ 6♣ K♥
BANG!  James flopped top pair!  Jon needs a 10...
10♠ 10♦ K♥ J♣ 6♣ K♦ K♥ A♥ J♣ 6♣
WIN $12,000

TomJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
8♥ 7♣ A♠ K♥ 4♠ 2♦ Q♣ 7♠
Jon's a fair favorite with "Big Slick" vs. Maura's "computer hand"
FLOP: 9♥ 5♥ 6♣
It's getting interesting now.  Maura has an inside straight draw, needing an 8.
Calls $4100
Jon has the bullets...AND a flush draw.  Maura has three outs: 8 of spades, 8 or clubs & 8 of diamonds (8 of hearts has already been played)
A♠ A♥ K♥ Q♦ 9♥ Q♣ Q♦ A♥ 9♥ 7♠
WIN $10,700

James Blake$19,500
Maura Tierney$17,600
Jon Favreau$8700
Tom Everett-Scott$4200

Hand 26

JamesMaura (D)Tom (SB)Jon (BB)
8♥ 6♣ 10♦ 7♦ Q♣ 9♠ A♦ 2♥
Calls $3200
FLOP: 6♦ 8♦ 10♣
*wince* James would've flopped two pair.  Tom has a two-way straight draw.  A Jack would make a Queen-high straight, a 7 a 10-high straight.
Tom has his straight...BUT, Jon can STILL catch a diamond and make a flush
Q♣ J♦ 10♣ 9♠ 8♦ A♦ J♦ 10♣ 8♦ 6♦
WIN $8400

TomJon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
Q♣ 5♣ Q♠ 6♥ K♥ 4♦ K♣ 10♥
Raises to $4000 FOLD FOLD Calls $3000
FLOP: 9♣ 5♦ K♦
Both have flopped pairs; Maura has Kings, Tom has 5s.
Bets $3000
Calls $1400
TURN: 3♦
Only a 5 or a Queen can save Tom now... 
5♣ 5♦ K♦ Q♣ 9♣ K♣ K♦ 10♥ 9♣ 8♥
OUT - 4th Place WIN $17,300

Tom heads back to the Lounge, calling it the "longest walk ever!"  He's glad that Caring for Children and Families with AIDS gets $5000...but he said it was so hard to fold a pair.  Dave asks why Tom didn't see it coming that Maura was going to run over everyone in her path...and Tom states he never thought she'd do that to a co-star.  Now we head back to the action...

James (D)Maura (SB)Jon (BB)
Q♦ 9♦ K♣ 10♠ A♦ J♦
Calls $1000 Raises to $3000 ALL-IN
FOLD Calls $2500
FLOP: 6♥ 7♦ 2♦
Jon has a nut-flush draw...
TURN: 4♦
...and there it is.  Maura's drawing dead.
7♦ 7♥ K♣ 10♠ 6♥ A♦ J♦ 7♦ 4♦ 2♦
WIN $12,000

Now it's time once again for HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT?!  We'll only show Maura's hand and see if you can guess what she's going to do.
Jon (D)James (SB)Maura (BB)
????? ????? A♣ Q♥
"You" (that is, Maura) have an EXCELLENT hand in the Big Blind.
FOLD Calls $500 CHECK
Conventional wisdom says to raise with such a good hand.  But "you" underplay it and just check.  No sense in "slow playing" when "you" are "in position" (the last to act in a given round).  Even a middle pair is a coin flip against "Big Chick".
FLOP: 2♦ 2♣ 9♣
Usually, the first in a pot when a pair is on the Board wins.  But it's such a LOW pair that "you" really should stay in...and maybe raise.
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
TURN: 2♠
"Huey, Dewey and Louie" on the turn (2s are called "ducks").
James' check should've been the green light for "you" to bet.  And, yet, still weary about a wired pair, "you" check instead.
RIVER: 10♣
COMMUNITY: 2♦ 2♣ 2♠ 10♣ 9♣
Bets $2500 Calls $2500
The only thing that could beat "you" is a fourth 2, a 10, a 9 or a wired pair.  If James had a wired pair, he would've bet the full house.  So "you" call.
And James shows: K♦ J♠
 2♦ 2♣ 2♠ K♦ J♠ 2♦ 2♣ 2♠ A♣ Q♥
WIN $11,000
Maura COULD have made more with a more aggressive play...but a good hand nonetheless.

Maura (D)Jon (SB)James (BB)
9♠ 8♠ K♦ J♠ K♣ K♥
FOLD Raises to $6000 ALL-IN
Since both James and Jon started the hand with the same amount, they're both all-in.  ONE of them is going out on this hand!
FLOP: 4♦ A♣ 4♥
Jon needs running Jacks or running Queen-10 to survive.
TURN: 6♠
Nope...Jon is gone.
K♦ K♠ 4♦ 4♥ A♣ K♣ K♥ K♠ 4♦ 4♥
OUT - 3rd Place WIN $28000

Jon joins Dave, Andy and Tom.  Caring for Children and Families with AIDS gets ANOTHER $5000 thanks to Jon.  "I didn't get good cards," he says, "but I got lucky at key moments."  He said he HAD to go in because he didn't want Phil ragging on him.  But he says he'll taking losing gracefully.  "If you can lose like a poker player," he says, "you're a big winner on the inside."

But, now, we're down to two players...a HEADS-UP battle between the tennis-player and the doctor-player.  Only one will get the silver chip and let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

James Blake$30,000
Maura Tierney$20,000

Blinds are now $1000 (SB) and $2000 (BB).

Hand 31

James (D) (SB)Maura (BB)
A♦ 7♠ A♠ Q♦
Raises to $4500 Raises to $7000
Calls $2500
FLOP: A♣ A♥ K♦
BANG-BANG-BANG!  BOTH have three Aces!  BUT...Maura's Queen kicker puts her ahead.
Calls $13,000
TURN: 10♠
Maura's about a 95% fave to win.  James needs a 7 to win...or a King to split the pot.
A♦ A♣ A♥ K♦ 10♠ A♠ A♣ A♥ K♦ Q♦
WIN $40,000

Maura (D) (SB)James (BB)
A♦ J♠ 8♦ 8♥
Raises to $8000 ALL-IN
Calls $2000
It's another "coin flip".  Ajax and snowmen are about even.
FLOP: 2♠ 6♦ 2♣
James has two pair...but Maura can STILL catch an Ace or Jack to pull ahead...
TURN: 8♣
BOAT!  James has a full house!  Nothing can help Maura now.
2♠ 2♣ Q♣ J♠ 8♣ 8♦ 8♥ 8♣ 2♠ 2♣
WIN $20,000
Two hands and the roles are reversed; Jake went from being a 3-to-2 chip leader to a 3-to-2 ship underdog.

However, Maura suddenly becomes timid and mucks several hands, giving James some blinds...and creating history...

James Blake$25,000
Maura Tierney$25,000
This is the first time in CPS history that two players have EXACTLY the same number of chips!

Maura (D) (SB)James (BB)
5♠ 4♠ K♥ Q♦
WIN $3000
Maura, for some reason, didn't even want to call the $1000 more.

Maura (D) (SB)James (BB)
K♥ 7♣ Q♣ 6♠
Raises to $4000 Calls $2000
FLOP: 6♥ 7♦ 4♣
Bets $4000 Calls $4000
TURN: 2♣
Bets $4000 FOLD
WIN $20,000

Blinds are now up to $3000 (SB) and $5000 (BB).
James (D) (SB)Maura (BB)
Q♦ 10♣ Q♥ J♥
Calls $19,000
Maura asks how old James is while pondering.  He says he's 24...but he's not stupid because he's young.  After calling, they do shots together.  Maura is a BIG fave.
FLOP: 6♠ 5♠ K♠
TURN: 4♥
James' only hope is a 10...
K♠ Q♦ J♣ 10♣ 6♠ J♥ J♣ K♠ Q♥ 6♠

And, so, while James' Shriner's Hospital of Springfield gets served $5000, Maura TIerney makes it a three-to-two ratio of ladies to men at the Final Table!  That means the  Children's Aid Society/Teen Pregnancy Prevention has a chance at receiving the $100,000 Grand Prize!

The Final Table is set!  Michael Ian Black, Rosario Dawson, Lauren Graham, Dule Hill and Maura Tierney will battle it out for the remaining $150,000 left in the prize pool...with the winner getting the 100 "large"!