Where can you see lions? Only in Kenya. Go to Kenya; they got lions. Where can you see card sharks? Forget Norway and go to Vegas. Where can you see celebrities play no-limit poker for charity. Only on CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN from the Palms Casino. Kenya believe it?

All five of these are celebrity POKER newbies...but ONE has had experience with ANOTHER celeb casino game:


Chevy Chase
playing for Friends of the Earth
He's Chevy Chase...and you're not. From Saturday Night Live to the big screen, the legendary comic has had us laughing for decades. But will he hit a hole-in-one here or fall flat on his face like always?

Donny Deutsch
playing for Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
He's the Chairman & CEO of Deutsch Inc., an advertising agency. He's also the host of the The Big Idea. Will he think up a good way to win this table or will he be "fired" from it?

Shannon Elizabeth
playing for Animal Avengers
Waaaaay back at the first tournament, this "American Pie 2" actress didn't fair too well. Can she avenge her last defeat or will she have pie in her face yet again?

Kathy Griffin
playing for the Rape Foundation
The queen of celebrity game and reality shows has returned to avenge her terrible loss last tournament. Will she make it TWO Celebrity Mole winners at the Final Table or will she be "suddenly roadkill" again?

Neil Patrick Harris
playing for American Red Cross
Neils' been busy being in films like "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" and "Starship Troopers"...but he'll ALWAYS be known as Doggie Howser, MD. Will he operate well under pressure or will this be "Neil Goes to the Loser's Lounge"?

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 winning the "coveted" silver chip and 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, let's stop squealin' and start dealin'.  As Tournament Director Robert Thompson says, let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Initial blinds are $100 (SB) and $200 (BB).  The Dealer Button (D) starts on Macaulay.

(As per tradition, the hosts pick a winner. Dave picks Donny while Phil picks Shannon.)

Kathy Donny Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Chevy (BB)
A♣ 4♠ K♣ 2♠ 9♦ 5♦ 8♥ 5♥ K♥ Q♠
FOLD FOLD Raises to $600 FOLD Calls $400
Before the hand, Shannon lights some incense to "clear her energies". It annoys Chevy to no end throughout the game.
40% 40%
FLOP: 3♣ A♥ 7♥
25% 75%
Bets $600 FOLD
Chevy grabbed his cards to toss them towards the dealer before realizing he could just check. Neil picked up on this and bet big to scare Chevy out.
WIN $1900
It's not necessary that you have "the nuts" as long as you have the NUTS to bet big.

Neil Shannon Chevy (D) Kathy (SB) Donny (BB)
10♥ 9♦ Q♥ 7♦ 8♠ 3♥ K♠ J♣ A♥ 5♥
FOLD Raises to $600 FOLD Raises to $1000 FOLD
Calls $400
Kathy says, "I'm raising"...but then wants to retract it. In tournament poker, what you say is what you must do. This is because, if you say "raise", you get tells from the other players that might effect your gameplay.
36% 64%
FLOP: 6♥ A♠ Q♣
73% 27%
Bets $4400
WIN $6600

Kathy Griffin $11,000
Neil Patrick Harris $10,500
Donny Deutsch $9700
Chevy Chase $9600
Shannon Elizabeth $9200

Chevy Kathy Donny (D) Neil (SB) Shannon (BB)
K♠ 9♠ 7♥ 6♠ 9♣ 6♣ A♥ 5♥ K♦ Q♥
Calls $200 FOLD FOLD Raises to $600 Raises to $1200
FOLD Calls $600
As Neil ponders, he flips a poker chip around his knuckles. This is a commong "chip trick" used to psyche out other players
62% 38%
FLOP: 6♦ 3♠ 4♠
81% 19%
CHECK Bets $600
Raises to $1200 Calls $600
Neil did a "check-raise", feigning a weak hand then raising. But all Neil has is an open-ended straight draw. If the right card doesn't show up...
TURN: 8♠
87% 13%
COMMUNITY: 4♠ 4♦ 8♠ 6♦ 3♠
Well, so much for that.
CHECK Bets $1200
WIN $6200

Neil Shannon Chevy (D) Kathy (SB) Donny (BB)
10♣ 3♠ K♦ 3♥ J♦ 9♥ K♣ 8♣ 8♠ 5♠
FOLD FOLD Calls $200 Calls $100 CHECK
Donny ANNOUNCES that he has a bad hand...but he gets to see the flop for free.
37% 37% 26%
FLOP: A♥ A♦ A♣
No, that is NOT a typo! The odds of three of a kind showing up on the flop is about 1 in 205. The odds of THREE ACES being flopped five-handed when no Ace has been put in a hand: 1 in 2665! David and Phil actually go TO the table to see this flop in person. Then Dave wheels the dealer out and sits Phil down in his place
28% 56% 16%
WIN $9800

Neil Shannon Chevy (D) Kathy (SB) Donny (BB)
K♣ 10♣ 9♣ 2♣ 6♠ 6♥ A♥ J♦ 4♣ 2♦
Raises to $800 FOLD Calls $800 Raises to $2600 FOLD
FOLD Calls $1800
Chevy, as he calls Kathy's raise: "She's not bluffing...and neither am I."
52% 48%
FLOP: 3♦ 4♠ A♦
12% 88%
Kathy actually SCREAMS "ALL-IN!" Uh,...that's a tell, in case you missed it.
WIN $13,600

Blinds are now $200 (SB) and $400 (BB).

Shannon Chevy Kathy (D) Donny (SB) Neil (BB)
A♦ 10♣ A♥ 4♥ 7♠ 3♣ Q♣ 9♣ J♣ 5♠
Raises to $800 Calls $800 FOLD Calls $600 FOLD
36% 26% 38%
FLOP: 4♣ 7♦ 7♣
15% 39% 46%
Ewwww...had Kathy stayed in, she would've flop the "slot machine" (7-7-7)
Bets $600
WIN $3400

Chevy Kathy Donny (D) Neil (SB) Shannon (BB)
A♣ 5♥ J♣ 10♠ K♣ 2♠ 7♦ 5♠ 9♣ 8♣
Calls $400 Calls $400 FOLD FOLD CHECK
35% 37% 28%
FLOP: 4♦ 10♥ 5♣
20% 71% 9%
CHECK Bets $3000 FOLD
WIN $4400

Kathy Griffin $14,400
Donny Deutsch $11,600
Shannon Elizabeth $11,300
Neil Patrick Harris $6400
Chevy Chase $6300

Neil Shannon Chevy (D) Kathy (SB) Donny (BB)
10♦ 8♥ 9♦ 5♦ J♥ 7♥ A♠ K♣ Q♦ 7♦
FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $200 Raises to $1000
Raises to $3000 Calls $2000
"Big Slick" is one of the best starting hands in poker...and Kathy knows this.
69% 31%
FLOP: 4♥ 5♥ 6♣
52% 48%
Both Kathy and Donny have straight draws...but Donny's is open-ended.
WIN $17,400

Chevy Kathy Donny (D) Neil (SB) Shannon (BB)
K♣ J♣ K♥ 10♦ 9♦ 8♠ A♠ 4♣ A♣ 10♠
Calls $400 Calls $400 FOLD Calls $200 Raises to $1200
Calls $800 Calls $800 FOLD
38% 10% 52%
FLOP: 4♠ 2♣ 10♥
20% 9% 71%
Both Kathy and Neil have pairs...and Chevy has bubkis.
Bets $2000
Here, someone shouts, "Be the cards!" Chevy asks, "Wha? Like I'm gonna nenenenenene..." He's talking about two scenes from "Caddyshack": one where he tells his caddy to "be the ball" and another where he goes "nenenenenenene" while putting.
Shannon ponders...and Kathy says, "C'mon, you KNOW me!" Shannon laughs and says, "Yeah, I know you're full of $#|+!" When she calls, Kathy calls this the "big 'are you full of $#|+' moment." Kathy's bet is dropped to match Shannon's all-in; Kathy will still be in no matter what.
10% 90%
TURN: 4♦
8% 92%
Both now have a "CB hand" (10s-4s, over and out), but Shannon has a better kicker. Kathy needs a King to win.
10♦ 10♥ 4♦ 4♠ K♥ 10♠ 10♥ 4♦ 4♠ A♣
WIN $24,200

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

Kathy Donny Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Chevy (BB)
5♣ 5♥ K♣ 10♥ J♣ 4♠ A♥ Q♦ 3♠ 3♥
Calls $600 Calls $600 FOLD Raises to $1800 Calls $1200
Calls $1200 FOLD
42% 40% 18%
FLOP: 10♦ 2♣ 7♠
63% 27% 10%
Bets $800 FOLD
WIN $6800
Again, Shannon didn't have a pair...but had the guts to bet...though Phil can't understand why Chevy and Kathy folded after such a relatively weak bet.

Neil Shannon Chevy (D) Kathy (SB) Donny (BB)
9♥ 4♠ 7♦ 3♦ Q♦ 9♣ J♣ 6♥ Q♠ 6♠
Calls $3100
28% 72%
FLOP: 3♥ Q♣ 8♠
1% 99%
OUCH! The only thing Danny could use and he GETS it! Kathy needs running Jack-Jack to win. SEEMS like a long shot...but, hey, three Aces showed up on the flop earlier!
TURN: 8♦
No miracle this time; Kathy is out of the tournament.
 8♠ 8♦ Q♣  J♣ 6♥ Q♠ Q♣ 8♠ 8♦ 6♠
OUT - 5th Place WIN $7400

Kathy heads for the Lounge AGAIN...angry that she has to carry her own purse. Dave sits her down and explains she was trying to "steal the blinds" with that massive bet...but Kathy doesn't know that term. She also has a question for Dave: "How did you get to be Phil Gordon's b**ch?" As they laugh, they put $5000 into the account of the Rape Foundation. Then Kathy puts her head in the pillows and yells, "WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY?!?!"

Shannon Elizabeth $28,400
Donny Deutsch $13,000
Neil Patrick Harris $5600
Chevy Chase $3000

Donny Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Chevy (BB)
10♣ 4♥ 8♦ 2♠ K♣ 8♣ A♦ 9♠
FOLD FOLD Raises to $1200 ALL-IN
Calls $1800
38% 62%
FLOP: 7♣ K♦ J♠
86% 14%
BAM! Shannon is saved! Chevy needs an Ace...
And Chevy's gone with Shannon's "Orient hand"!
This just in: Chevy Chase is STILL "dead"!
K♣ K♦ K♣  J♠ 8♣ K♦ K♣ A♦ J♠ 9♠
WIN $6000 OUT - 4th Place

Chevy does NOT fall on the couch as he sits in the Lounge. As he depressingly sits down, Dave and Phil comfort him by saying he did the right thing there. Chevy was mostly frustrated that he wasn't "getting the cards" needed. Friends of the Earth (who obviously help the environment, gets $5000 thanks to Chevy, so...all's right with the world.

OK, poker-expert-wannabes, let's see if you know how Neil Patrick Harris SHOULD play this hand as we participate again in HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT?

Donny (D) Neil (SB) Shannon (BB)
????? K♠ 4♦ ?????
"You" (that is, Neil) are in the Small Blind with a decent hand three-handed. "You" are low on chips with the blinds getting bigger, so "you" SHOULD be aggressive from here on out.
Raises to $2000 Calls $1700 FOLD
"You" might as well call. As stated, K-4 is decent three-handed.
FLOP: 3♦ 6♥ 8♠
OK, that didn't help "you"...but it's not likely it helped Donny, either. Bet big and try to steal the pot.
Bets $3000
"You" are down to only $900...why not go all-in?
Calls $3000
Not good...
TURN: 3♥
"You" are already pot-committed so...what the hell?
Donny says: "I've not played this hand well..."
Calls $900
And Donny's cards are...Q♣ 9♠? He was BLUFFING?! "You" are an 84% favorite to win?!? Whoa!
And "you" doubled up!
3♦ 3♥ Q♣ J♥ 9♠ 3♦ 3♥ K♠ J♥ 8♠
WIN $12,400
Neil didn't play that perfectly...but any hand you double-up in is a great one.

Shannon Elizabeth $27,200
Neil Patrick Harris $11,500
Donny Deutsch $11,300

Blinds increase to $400 (SB) and $800 (BB).
Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Donny (BB)
A♠ 2♥ 8♦ 6♠ A♣ K♣
Raises to $2000 FOLD ALL-IN
Calls $9300
25% 75%
FLOP: 9♥ 8♠ 9♦
18% 82%
TURN: 9♠
13% 87%
Donny has a good chance to double-up. The only things that can hurt him are any 2, any 8 or...the fourth 9. But...c'mon, that's crazy ta...
COMMUNITY: 9♥ 8♠ 9♦ 9♠ 9♣
OK, who's shuffling this deck?! First three Aces on the flop and then four 9s on the Board?!?!?
9♥ 9♦ 9♠ 9♣ A♠ 9♥ 9♦ 9♠ 9♣ A♣
WIN $11,500 WIN $11,500
Since they have the EXACT SAME five-card hand (four 9s with an Ace kicker), they split the pot.

Shannon (D) Donny (SB) Neil (BB)
K♠ K♣ 8♥ ?♠ 3♠ 3♣
Raises to $1600 FOLD Calls $800
"Coyboys" vs. "crabs"...Neil's in hella-trouble.
82% 18%
FLOP: 8♣ 7♥ J♠
90% 10%
Here, Shannon puts on some glasses to hide her eyes from tells.
Bets $1600 Raises to $3200
Raises to $4800 Calls $1600
95% 5%
Bets $5000 FOLD
WIN $18,200

Blinds are now $500 (SB) and $1000 (BB).

Donny (D) Neil (SB) Shannon (BB)
J♦ 10♦ 3♠ 2♣ A♣ K♦
FOLD Calls $6300
High "suited connectors" aren't THAT bad against Big Slick. Observe:
41% 59%
FLOP: J♣ 3♦ J♥
99% 1%
Donny flops three "hooks" (or "Spidey's boss", if you prefer) and dances a jig!
TURN: 5♣
J♦ J♣ J♥ Q♦ 10♦ J♣ J♥ A♣ K♦ Q♦
WIN $15,100

Shannon Elizabeth $25,500
Donny Deutsch $15,100
Neil Patrick Harris $9400

Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Donny (BB)
A♠ A♦ K♥ 6♥ K♦ 9♦
Raises to $3000 FOLD Calls $2000
You don't get any better than "bullets"...or "American Airlines"...or "pocket rockets"...or WHATEVER you call it!
85% 15%
FLOP: 3♠ 2♠ K♣
I'm sure "Doogie" is now saying, "e-e-e-excellent!" since, if Donny has a King (which he does), he'll STILL be well ahead.
87% 13%
Bets $6400
Donny "tapped" Neil, putting him all-in. Too bad he needs the last King or a 9 to beat him.
TURN: 6♣
90% 10%
A♠ A♦ 3♠ 3♥ K♣ K♦ K♣ 3♠ 3♥ 9♦
WIN $19,300

Neil (D) Shannon (SB) Donny (BB)
J♣ 3♣ 6♣ 6♦ 3♦ 2♦
Raises to $3000 FOLD FOLD
WIN $4500
How could ANYONE fold pocket 6s three-handed?!?!?

Shannon (D) Donny (SB) Neil (BB)
Q♣ 3♣ J♥ 6♥ Q♥ 2♥
Raises to $3000 ALL-IN
Calls $1200
57% 43%
FLOP: K♠ 10♣ 4♣
87% 13%
TURN: 4♦
87% 13%
4♣ 4♦ K♠ Q♣ 10♣ 4♣ 4♦ K♠  J♥ 10♣
WIN $9400 OUT - 3rd Place

Possibly feeling "sour grapes", Donny says, "I didn't wanna win anyway" as he marches to the Lounge to join Dave, Phil, Kathy and Chevy. As he sits with who he calls his "fellow relaxers", he says that it could be worse..."I could've lost on the Travel Channel." (What's with the "haterizing" on WPT, dawg?!) At least the Michael J. Fox Foundation get 5 "large" for his struggles... but Donny is "REALLY unhappy here!"

So we're down to HEADS-UP between Doogie and Nadia. Will Shannon do as well with poker as she has with blackjack or will that "Starship Trooper" blow her away. Let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Shannon Elizabeth $28,200
Donny Deutsch $21,800

Shannon (D) (SB) Neil (BB)
Q♥ 5♥ 9♦ 5♠
Raises to $4000 Calls $3000
74% 26%
FLOP: 10♦ J♣ 7♥
75% 25%
Neil has a straight draw...and Shannon's working on one.
Bets $5000 Calls $5000
TURN: 8♣
7% 93%
BANG! Neil has his straight. BUT, Shannon has an inside straight draw now. A 9 can beat Neil.
Before betting, Shannon asks Robert Thompson, "How much does he have?" That's usually an indication that she's going to put him all-in.
Bets $12,800 ALL-IN
A♥ Q♥ J♣ 10♦ 8♣ J♣ 10♦ 9♦ 8♣  7♥
WIN $43,600

Neil (D) (SB) Shannon (BB)
8♠ 7♦ A♦ K♦
Raises to $6000 ALL-IN
Calls $400
36% 64%
FLOP: 6♣ 4♦ 9♠
47% 53%
Ut oh...another straight draw...and THIS time it's open-ended. A 10 or a 5 will end the tournament.
TURN: 4♣
32% 68%
4♦ 4♣ Q♣  9♠ 8♠ 4♦ 4♣ A♦ K♦ Q♣
WIN $12,800

Hand 32

Neil (D) (SB) Shannon (BB)
A♣ 2♦ A♦ J♥
Raises to $6000 Calls $5000
Before betting, Neil asks, "How much does SHE have?" UNLIKE, Shannon, though, he DOESN'T put Shannon all-in...yet.
27% 73%
FLOP: 10♠ 6♠ 5♥
15% 85%
Bets $6000 ALL-IN
Calls $2800
Neil needs a deuce...
7% 93%
...but, instead, Shannon gets Broadway!
A♣ K♦ Q♠ 10♠ 6♠ A♦ K♦ Q♠ J♥ 10♠
WIN $29,600
Oooooo, looks like we have another marathon underway...

Shannon Elizabeth $32,600
Donny Deutsch $17,400

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

Shannon (D) (SB) Neil (BB)
Q♥ 7♥ Q♣ 10♣
Raises to $5000 ALL-IN
WIN $17,400

After trading some more all-in/fold hands like above, blinds go up to $3000 (SB) and $5000 (BB).
Neil (D) (SB) Shannon (BB)
J♥ 4♥ K♥ 2♥
Raises to $10,000 FOLD
WIN $15,000

Neil (D) (SB) Shannon (BB)
K♠ K♦ A♦ 2♠
Raises to $10,000 ALL-IN
Calls $8600
72% 28%
FLOP: 3♣ 10♥ 5♣
71% 29%
Shannon now has more outs than just an Ace. a 4 will give her a straight.
TURN: 6♠
84% 16%
RIVER: 10♦
K♠ K♦ 10♥ 10♦ 6♠ 10♥ 10♦ A♦ 6♠ 5♣

Shannon came close...but her charity, Animal Avengers, gets $5000. But it's "Doogie" who is the smooth operator and who gets the "illustrious" silver chip that signifies a Final Table participant. Will the American Red Cross win $100,000? Not that they really NEED it, but they CAN win if Neil survives the Final Table.!