Here we go again with the third rendtion of CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN, the serious cash-money tournament that plays like Beverly Hills home games!  There will, as always, 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 Prize Pool for his/her charity. (No telling who put up the Prize Pool this time around).

Remember West Wing night during the first tournament? Well, tonight is Arrested Development night. All but one of the players at the table have played on the hit FOX comedy:


Will Arnett
playing for Children's Action Network
Will plays George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth, a con man and failed magician who makes the family's life miserable. Will he disappear quickly...or will he manage to make a fool out of everyone at the table?

Jason Bateman
playing for the Los Angeles Free Clinic
He's the star of the show, widower and reluctant leader of the development company Michael Bluth, though he USED to be in The Hogan Family and Silver Spoons. Will he leave with a silver chip...or will his goody-good nature be of no use?

David Cross
playing for National Gulf War Resource Center
The man who plays brother-in-law Tobias Funke was the runner-up of the first tournament...and, by far, the most entertaining. Will he make it all the way to the gold chip this time around...or will he visit the Lounge for the first time?

Peter Facinelli
playing for World Vision
Peter plays...wait, he was NEVER in Arrested Development. But the Fastlane and Six Feet Under star WAS in the first CPS tournament. Will he actually make it to the Final Table this time...or will the others arrest him for driving too fast?

Judy Greer
playing for American Diabetes Association
Judy has a recurring role as Kitty, a manipulative ex-assistant at the company who is out to take over the business. Will she stage a coup of this table...or will she go down with the ship?

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 later in the year.  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.  As Tournament Director Robert Thompson says. let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Initial blinds are $50 (SB) and $100 (BB).  The Dealer Button (D) starts on Jason.

Will David Jason (D) Judy (SB) Peter (BB)
7♠ 7♣ K♦ 10♥ 7♥ 5♥ 9♠ 6♠ Q♦ 10♦
Calls $100 FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $600
Calls $500
FLOP: 9♥ 9♦ 10♠
Peter has 10s and 9s, Will has 9s and 7s...and Judy would have had three 9s.
Bets $600
Calls $600
TURN: 6♥
Ouch...Judy would've had a full house, 9s full of 6s!
Bets $400
Raises to $800 Calls $400
COMMUNITY: 9♥ 9♦ 6♥ 6♣ 10♠
Bets $1000 Calls $1000
9♥9♦7♠7♣10♠ 10♦10♠9♥9♦Q♦
WIN $6050

Will David Jason (D) Judy (SB) Peter (BB)
J♣ 6♦ K♥ 9♣ J♥ 4♣ Q♥ 10♥ 7♣ 3♥
FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $300 FOLD
WIN $400

Peter Facinelli $13,150
David Cross $10,550
Jason Bateman $10,350
Judy Greer $9950
Will Arnett $6000

Jason Judy Peter (D) Will (SB) David (BB)
8♠ 5♣ 4♠ 3♠ J♣ 9♠ Q♠ 5♠ 9♥ 2♣
FLOP: 2♦ 9♣ 7♥
Bets $300
Raises to $600 Raises to $900
Calls $300
TURN: 5♥
Bets $400
Calls $400
COMMUNITY: 7♥ 7♣ 9♣ 5♥ 2♦
Bets $400
Calls $400
9♠9♣7♥7♣J♣ 9♥9♣7♥7♣5♥
WIN $3650
Here, Peter wonders why he couldn't be playing with Frank Sinatra or Paul Anka or Tony Bennett. David replies, "Well, one of them is dead...and Sinatra is sick."

Will David Jason (D) Judy (SB) Peter (BB)
5♣ 4♣ 3♠ 2♠ 10♠ 9♠ 9♣ 4♦ 7♠ 3♦
FOLD Raises to $500 Calls $500 FOLD FOLD
FLOP: 5♥ J♣ Q♥
Bets $400 Raises to $800
WIN $2350

Blinds are now $100 (SB) and $200 (BB).

And, now, it's time for HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT?! You will be playing along with Peter, with only his hand being shown, and we'll tell you how best to play it.
Jason Judy Peter (D) Will (SB) David (BB)
????? ????? 9♠ 9♥ ????? ?????
"You" (as Peter) have a VERY good hand. Not only that, but "you" are "on the button", meaning "you" get to act last at the end of every round except this one. "You" should raise, no matter what's behind you.
FOLD FOLD Raises to $500 FOLD Calls $300
"You" know that David is "steaming" from getting beat. He's betting wrecklessly, so "you" should feel frer to bully him around,
FLOP: Q♦ Q♥ 3♠
Whoops...hold that thought. With a pair on the Board, David MIGHT have three of a kind.
Bets $500
Raises to $1000 Calls $500
"You" re-raies to get some information about David's hand. Since he didn't re-raise again, it's most likely he's bluffing.
TURN: 4♠
Bets $500
David has already showed his weakness. A raise to $1500 or $2000 would be appropriate.
Raises to $1000 Calls $500
COMMUNITY: Q♦ Q♥ J♦ 4♠ 3♠
Queens and nines are a great hand. "You" are pretty sure David has been bluffing all this time. But, just to be safe, best to just call the bet "you" KNOW he's going to make.
Bets $500
Calls $500
And David's hand: 7♥ 4♥. He WAS bluffing all the way!
Q♦Q♥9♠9♥J♦ Q♦Q♥4♠4♥J♦
WIN $6100
Peter played this hand almost to perfection!

Judy Peter Will (D) David (SB) Jason (BB)
A♣ 5♠ 4♥ 4♦ Q♥ 2♦ 9♣ 3♥ K♠ 10♦
FOLD Raises to $400 FOLD FOLD Raises to $800
Calls $400
FLOP: 2♠ K♥ A♥
Bets $400
WIN $2100

Jason Judy Peter (D) Will (SB) David (BB)
10♠ 4♦ J♥ 10♥ 7♥ 7♣ J♠ 4♥ J♣ 9♣
FOLD Raises to $400 FOLD FOLD Calls $200
FLOP: Q♥ A♦ 6♦
Bets $400 FOLD
WIN $1300
Judy's been playing "tight" all night. So, when she's actually IN a hand, people get scared out.

Peter Facinelli $17,000
Jason Bateman $12,900
Judy Greer $11,300
Will Arnett $6000
David Cross $2800

Peter Will David (D) Jason (SB) Judy (BB)
K♦ 5♠ 10♣ 10♦ 3♣ 2♣ 8♦ 6♠ 7♦ 6♥
Raises to $500 Calls $500 FOLD FOLD FOLD
FLOP: 5♥ 2♦ 3♥
Bets $1000 FOLD
WIN $2300
Heaven knows WHAT Will thought Peter had that could beat his "tension", but he got bluffed out of the pot.

Will David Jason (D) Judy (SB) Peter (BB)
Q♣ J♣ 6♦ 6♣ Q♦ 8♠ 10♥ 5♥ 9♥ 5♦
Raises to $400 Calls $400 FOLD FOLD FOLD
FLOP: 5♠ 10♠ 7♥
Bets $500 Calls $500
TURN: 9♠
Bets $1000 Calls $1000
COMMUNITY: A♦ 10♠ 9♠ 7♥ 5♠
WIN $5000

The price of poker has gone up; blinds are now $200 (SB) and $400 (BB).

Judy Peter Will (D) David (SB) Jason (BB)
7♥ 7♦ 8♥ 3♥ 9♣ 5♥ K♦ 6♠ 6♥ 6♦
Raises to $1000 FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $1600
Calls $600
FLOP: 2♣ Q♥ 5♠
Bets $1000 FOLD
WIN $4400
Before folding, Jason says, "I think she's (Judy's) got it."

Judy Peter Will (D) David (SB) Jason (BB)
Q♠ 9♠ 10♠ 3♣ A♦ 10♥ 9♦ 9♥ 4♥ 2♥
Had Jason called David's bet, a side pot would have been made that only those two could bet into and win. With Jason's fold, David's bet is lowered to match Will's all-in bet. If Will loses, he's out. And David's about a 55% favorite right now.
FLOP: 7♣ 8♦ 6♦
David's in good shape to KO Peter. All he has to dodge is...
...a BULLET!!
A♦A♠K♠10♥8♦ 9♦9♥A♠K♠8♦
WIN $4600

Peter Will David (D) Jason (SB) Judy (BB)
A♣ J♥ 7♣ 4♥ Q♥ 4♦ A♥ 2♥ Q♣ 3♦
Raises to $1000 FOLD FOLD Raises to $2000 FOLD
Raises to $3000 Calls $1000
FLOP: 3♣ 10♦ 4♣
Though Peter is ahead, Jason DOES have a one-shot straight draw, needing a 5 for a "wheel".
Bets $1000
Calls $1000
TURN: 3♠
Bets $1000
Calls $1000
COMMUNITY: 3♣ 3♠ K♠ 10♦ 4♣
Bets $2000
WIN $12,400
And, with that, Jason takes the chip lead from Peter! See for yourself...

Jason Bateman $18,300
Judy Greer $11,600
Peter Facinelli $11,300
Will Arnett $6600
David Cross $2200

Now, remember, nobody's out yet. David came back from being at a mere $1000 before fighting back to win his table during the first tournament. As they say, as long as you have "a chip and a chair", you have a chance.
Jason Judy Peter (D) Will (SB) David (BB)
10♦ 6♠ J♠ 5♠ 8♥ 7♦ 7♠ 7♥ K♦ 5♥
FLOP: 3♦ 4♠ 9♦
CHECK Bets $600
WIN $1400
Again, Will had the wired pair...and AGAIN, he was bluffed out.

Peter Will David (D) Jason (SB) Judy (BB)
4♦ 4♠ Q♦ 3♠ A♣ J♥ 9♣ 7♥ A♥ 5♠
Calls $400 FOLD Raises to $800 FOLD FOLD
Calls $400
During the round, David talkis about him being on Nyquil (since he has a cold): "It's like putting your brain in an angel and then putting him in swaddling clothes and putting him on the pillow made of other angels." O...kay.
FLOP: 3♦ 3♣ J♣
Bets $1000 ALL-IN
WIN $4800

Blinds are now $300 (SB) and $600 (BB).

Judy Peter Will (D) David (SB) Jason (BB)
A♠ 4♣ Q♠ 5♠ K♠ 10♠ 5♥ 4♥ A♥ 2♥
FOLD FOLD Raises to $1200 FOLD Raises to $2200
Calls $1000
FLOP: 10♥ 2♣ 4♦
Bets $1000
Raises to $2000 Calls $1000
Bets $2000
Jason "tapped" Will, putting him all-in. But Will's 10s are a decent favorite. Jason needs a 2, an Ace or a heart to win.
10♠10♥K♠J♥6♣ 2♥2♣A♥10♥J♥
WIN $12,700

Peter Will David (D) Jason (SB) Judy (BB)
8♦ 3♦ 10♠ 3♣ Q♥ 8♠ K♦ J♦ K♣ 9♦
FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $1600 Raises to $2600
Calls $1000
FLOP: K♠ 7♠ 3♥
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
TURN: 7♣
Bets $2000 ALL-IN
Calls $2800
Judy didn't count on Jason's higher kicker card. She needs a 9 to win...or a King, or 7 to split the pot. Other than that,...
K♦ K♠ 7♠ 7♣ J♦ K♣ K♠ 7♠ 7♣ 9♦
WIN $18,800 OUT - 5th Place

With Jason saying that he "didn't want to do it", Judy shleps back to the Loser's Lounge with Dave. She just didn't want to be out first, but she HAD to go all-in with that hand. Dave tells her they've seen the best players go out first...but Judy thinks he's just saying that to make her feel better. At least the American Diabetes Association gets 5 "large" thanks to her...though Dave thinks it's the "Diabolic Association"...and that David Cross is actually playing for THAT charity. OK, back to the table:

Jason Bateman $25,600
Will Arnett $12,700
Peter Facinelli $8400
David Cross $3300

Will David (D) Jason (SB) Peter (BB)
9♦ 4♦ K♠ Q♣ A♠ 5♠ A♣ 9♠
FOLD Raises to $1200 Raises to $1800 FOLD
Calls $1500
David was given a banana by a concerned audience member. Since he's been sucking lately, he decides to eat the banana instead of keeping it like he has been. Right now, Jason's a 60% fave.
FLOP: Q♦ J♣ K♦
Check that. Now DAVID is the fave, thanks to that "Picasso" Flop (face cards are called "paint" cards). Jason needs and Ace or a 10.
TURN: 9♣
K♠ K♦ Q♣ Q♦ J♣ J♣ J♠ A♠ K♦ Q♦
WIN $7200

Blinds are now up to $400 (SB) and $800 (BB).
Jason Peter (D) Will (SB) David (BB)
2♥ 2♣ A♦ 8♥ 8♠ 7♣ Q♥ 6♥
FOLD Raises to $3000 FOLD Calls $2200
Peter's a slight fave with a high kicker...or, as Dave Foley calls it, a "Rockette".
FLOP: K♣ 5♠ 7♠
Bets $1200
WIN $7600
And Dave moves into second place on that bluff! And Peter says, "Give me a damn banana!"

Will David (D) Jason (SB) Peter (BB)
Q♥ 6♦ A♠ K♥ A♦ Q♣ K♦ 10♦
FOLD Raises to $1600 Raises to $2400 FOLD
Raises to $3200 Calls $800
David is a heavy favorite with Big Slick over Jason's Big Chick.
FLOP: 5♦ 4♦ A♣
Bets $3000
Calls $7900
Jason needs help in the form of a Queen.
Both have three "bullets" now. A Queen would make a full boat for Jason, a 5 or a 4 means a split pot. Anything else,...
...and David doubles up! AND he's the new chip leader!
A♠ A♣ A♥ K♥ 5♦ A♦ A♣ A♥ Q♣ 5♦
WIN $29,000

David Cross $29,000
Will Arnett $9800
Jason Bateman $7400
Peter Facinelli $3800

Will David (D) Jason (SB) Peter (BB)
Q♥ 10♥ K♣ 3♥ A♣ Q♠ K♥ 7♠
Raises to $1600 FOLD Raises to $2600 ALL-IN
FOLD Calls $1200
Peter's in SERIOUS trouble. He's a two-to-one underdog AND Jason bit David's banana.
FLOP: 2♠ K♠ J♣
SO much for that. Peter has top pair...BUT, Jason can win with a 10 or an Ace
Now Peter has the "Orient" hand ("Three Kings"). An Ace can't help Jason this time; he needs a 10 to make "Broadway".
Like I said, that doesn't help...
A♣ A♦ K♠ K♦ Q♠ K♥ K♠ K♦ A♦ J♣
WIN $9200

Blinds are now $500 (SB) and $1000 (BB).
David Jason (D) Peter (SB) Will (BB)
10♦ 3♠ 9♦ 2♣ Q♠ Q♥ A♦ Q♣
FOLD FOLD Raises to $3500 ALL-IN
Calls $2800
Will is in serious danger of being knocked out. Peter's "Seigfreid & Roy" outweighs Will's Big Chick by a fair clip.
FLOP: 2♦ 9♣ 10♠
Peter's an 88% fave now...
TURN: 10♣
Oops...make that 96%! Only an Ace can save him now.
Q♠ Q♥ 10♠ 10♣ 9♣ 10♠ 10♣ A♦ Q♣ 9♣
WIN $12,600 OUT - 4th Place

"It's total bullsh*t" is what Will says as he joins Judy and Dave in the Lounge. He wasn't talking about his hand...but the fact that he put $5000 on himself to place (come in first or second). He HAD to make a stand, he says, having the cards but not the luck with the Flops. He had fun, though...AND The Children's Action Network gets 5 grand for his participation. He claims, "It's turned into a guy pissing contest...which will be a demonstration sport in Athens this year." If only poker was a sport...ah, well. Back to the table.

David Cross $30,500
Peter Facinelli $17,000
Jason Bateman $2500

Peter (D) David (SB) Jason (BB)
4♣ 4♥ 7♠ 2♥ K♠ 3♠
Raises to $2000 FOLD ALL-IN
Calls $500
David was right to fold this hand; the "beer hand" is the worst...hold 'em hand...EVER! And Peter was right to call, since a) it was only $500 more and b) he's a 68% fave.
FLOP: 4♠ 5♠ 9♣
Make that 75% now that he has "trips sailboats". Only 75% because Jason has a flush draw, needing a spade.
You'd think Jason would have MORE outs now...but another King would not only give Jason "trips" but would give Peter a full house. Only a spade can save him.
COMMUNITY: 4♠ 5♠ 9♣ K♦ 2♦
4♣ 4♥ 4♠ K♦ 9♣ K♠ K♦ 9♣ 5♠ 3♠
WIN $5500 OUT - 3rd Place

So a dejected Jason joins Judy and Will. He wonders if this was the biggest drop in CPS history (that actually goes to Norm McDonald). Dave reminds Jason that Cross had the biggest turn UP in CPS history so this is nothing new. But Jason, being the STAR of their show, can make David pay for it at work...oh, and Los Angeles Free Clinic gets $5000.

OK, it's time for HEADS-UP action again. Will David repeat as champ or can the only non-Arrested Development star at the table overcome a near 2-to-1 deficit. Only one way to find out: SHUFFLEW UP AND DEAL!

David Cross $32,000
Peter Facinelli $18,000

For the last hand, David gets a hooded sweatshirt and dons it...making Phil compare him to poker pro Phil "Unabomber" Laak.
David (D) (SB) Peter (BB)
Q♥ 9♦ A♦ J♦
Raises to $3000 Raises to $6000
Calls $3000
FLOP: 5♥ Q♠ K♥
David has a pair of "ladies", Peter a straight draw.
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
TURN: 6♠
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
COMMUNITY: K♥ Q♠ 7♣ 6♠ 5♥
Bets $3000 FOLD
WIN $23,000
And David "Unabomber" Cross terrorized Peter out of the pot.

David (D) (SB) Peter (BB)
A♦ 2♦ A♣ Q♣
Raises to $4000 ALL-IN
Calls $8000
Peter is a 71%...
FLOP: 6♣ 4♦ 7♦
...until the Flop gives David a flush draw. Peter's down to 53%...
...until the Turn gives HIM a flush draw, too. He's now a 75% fave...
...and, in fact, he does double up...and evens out the chip count almost.
7♦ 7♥ A♦ J♣ 6♣  7♦ 7♥ A♣ Q♣ J♣
WIN $24,000

David Cross $26,000
Peter Facinelli $24,000

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

Peter (D) (SB) David (BB)
A♠ 7♥ 5♥ 5♣
Calls $10,000
This is almost a coin flip; David's a 56% fave with his "speed limit" to Peter's two "overcards"
FLOP: 3♠ 6♠ Q♥
David's a 72% fave now. Peter needs an Ace, a 7 or...
...a SPADE!
A♠ K♠ 9♠ 6♠ 3♠ 5♥ 5♣ K♠ Q♥ 9♠
WIN $24,000

Blinds are now WAY up to $3000 (SB) and $5000 (BB).
Peter (D) (SB) David (BB)
A♣ 10♦ Q♠ 9♦
Raises to $10,000 ALL-IN
Peter says he'll go all-in (meaning David's hand will be lowered) if the crowd does "the wave". They do, so...
Peter's the 64% fave.
FLOP: 5♦ 2♣ 3♥
Peter now has an inside wheel draw and is a 79% fave.
With his Queen paired, DAVID is now the fave (84%). To save his bacon, Peter needs an Ace or...
...a 10.

And, so, while Peter's World Vision gets $5000 (and Peter compares himself to many-time WPT finalist Phil Hellmuth), David Cross becomes the first-ever two-time CPS Finalist.  The National Gulf War Resource Center has a second chance to win the $100,000 Grand Prize...but only if David doesn't blow it like last time!