From the Palms Casino in downtown Sin City, the Bravo Television Network in connection with the National Broadcasting Company present the poker stylings of Dave Foley and CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN. From the beautiful Gold Yellow Copper Steel Iron auditorium of the Palms Casino in downtown Vegas, overlooking the uptown section of downtown Mustang Ranch. Stay with us, won't you, and enjoy the most entertaining poker this side of the Bellagio. Now, to get thing underway, Dave will introduce the five celebs each battling it out tonight to get to the Final Table and win the lion's share of the $250,000 Caddilac(TM) Prize Pool for his/her charity. This beautiful medley and lovely lyrics portrayed locally by Chris Wolvie.

We have a CPS vet, a CBJ champion, two male rookies and a literal mother of a rookie at tonight's table. And they are:


Jason Alexander
playing for the Oakwood Capital Building Fund
Listen Up! While not playing sports reporter Tony Kleinman on the hit CBS show, the former Seinfeld actor is winning at GSN's Celebrity Blackjack. Can he pull off a celeb gambling exacta or will he lose and yada, yada, yada...

Nick Gonzalez
playing for the Friends of El Faro (an orphanage in Tijuana)
He's been on MTV's Undressed, guest starred on The O.C. and Law & Order: SVU and starred in Ressurection Blvd. Will this young actor undress the others or will he NEED to be ressurected from a bad beat?

Allison Janney
playing for Citymeals on Wheels
After her rather pathetic showing in the first tournament, Claudia Jean 'C.J.' Cregg from The West Wing is back in the game! But has her poker skills improved at all or will she have to learn "How To Deal" with loss again?

Chris Kattan
playing for the Sierra Club Foundation
The SNL alumnus flopped as "Corky Romano" but looks to bounce back with "Santa's Slay" with Goldberg this holiday. Will he have his "Night at the Roxbury" or is he just not ready for prime-time poker shows?

Mary McCormack
playing for the Juvenile Diabeties Research Foundation
Mary, a new mother, recently joined the cast of The West Wing as Kate Harper. She also played Howard Stern's wife in "Private Parts". Can she make a "Deep Impact" at this table or will it be Murder One on her when all is said and done?

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 git it on!  Or, 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 Mary, meaning Nicholas posts the Small Blind, Allison posts the Big Blind and Chris is first to act.

As far as picks go, Dave goes for Chris...while Phil picks Nick (solely on his position as far from Mary's heaving nursing breasts.)

Chris Jason Mary (D) Nicholas (SB) Allison (BB)
9♦ 6♠ 8♥ 3♣ A♠ 9♥ A♥ 7♥ 6♣ 4♥
Calls $200 FOLD Raises to $600 Calls $500 FOLD
53% 29%
FLOP: 7♦ Q♥ 5♦
11% 89%
Mary actually says, "I fol...check!" Normally, in a tournament, your first word is law since you can pick up "tells" by saying something while meaning something else. But, hey, they're celebs! They're allowed SOME leeway.
TURN: 6♦
13% 87%
Bets $600
WIN $2200

Jason Mary Nicholas (D) Allison (SB) Chris (BB)
K♠ K♣ Q♥ 4♣ 9♣ 6♣ 7♠ 4♦ J♣ 10♦
Raises to $600 FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $400
As Chris calls, Jason starts singing "Mack the Knife"...only changing the lyrics to "Chris the Fool".
83% 17%
FLOP: 7♥ 7♦ 4♥
98% 2%
Bummer...Allison would've flopped a full house!
Bets $400
Raises to $1400 Calls $1000
TURN: 10♣
95% 5%
Both Jason and Chris have two pair, but Jason leads with Kings and 7s. Chris needs a 10 to make "trips" to win.
Bets $200
Raises to $3200 FOLD
WIN $7500

Jason Alexander $12,300
Nicholas Gonzalez $11,000
Allison Janney $9700
Mary McCormack $9400
Chris Kattan $7600

Mary Nicholas Allison (D) Chris (SB) Jason (BB)
J♠ 2♥ A♦ 10♠ Q♥ 5♠ 6♥ 5♦ K♥ 10♦
FOLD Raises to $600 FOLD Calls $500 Raises to $1000
Calls $400 FOLD
72% 26%
FLOP: 3♦ 5♣ K♠
17% 83%
Bets $1200
WIN $3800

Nicholas Allison Chris (D) Jason (SB) Mary (BB)
10♠ 8♥ 9♣ 7♥ Q♠ Q♥ K♠ J♠ 6♦ 2♥
FOLD FOLD Calls $200 Raises to $500 FOLD
Raises to $800 Raises to $1100
Raises to $1800 Calls $700
"Seigfreid & Roy" vs. "Kojack". Neither one was scaring the other with their pitiful raises.
68% 31%
FLOP: 6♣ A♦ 4♣
85% 15%
Bets $200 Calls $200
87% 13%
Both have a pair now...
Bets $300 Raises to $800
Raises to $1300 Calls $500
COMMUNITY: A♦ J♣ 6♣ 5♥ 4♣
Q♠ Q♥ A♦ J♣ 6♣ J♠ J♣ A♦ K♠ 6♣
WIN $6800

Allison Chris Jason (D) Mary (SB) Nicholas (BB)
9♥ 2♦ 10♥ 6♥ 8♠ 8♣ A♥ 7♥ A♦ 9♣
FOLD Calls $200 Calls $200 Calls $100 CHECK
23% 42% 10% 19%
FLOP: J♣ 10♣ 8♦
2% 62% 6% 25%
This should be interesting. Jason has "trips 8s", Nick has an open-ended straight draw, Mary has a gut-shot straight draw and Chris...has "tension".
CHECK Bets $600
FOLD Raises to $1200 FOLD Calls $600
71% 27%
TURN: 7♣
21% 74%
And there's Nick's straight: J-10-9-8-7. BUT, Jason STILL has a number of outs: the last 8 would give him four of a kind...and "pairing the Board" would give him a full house.
Bets $1500 Calls $1500
COMMUNITY: 7♣ 7♦ J♣ 10♣ 8♦
BOAT! From three of a kind to a straight to a full house...such is the nature of Hold 'Em.
Bets $2000
Nick ponders...and tells Jason, "I think you got that flush." (He thinks Jason has two clubs in his hand). Jason brags, "Oh, I got better than THAT." Obviously, Nick thought he was bluffing, 'cause...
Calls $2000
8♠ 8♣ 8♦ 7♣ 7♦ J♣ 10♣ 9♣ 8♦ 7♣
WIN $10,200

Chris Jason Mary (D) Nicholas (SB) Allison (BB)
J♣ J♦ 9♥ 2♣ 7♥ 4♦ 7♠ 3♠ Q♥ 7♣
Calls $200 FOLD FOLD Calls $100 CHECK
Allison was going to fold...but is reminded that show COULD just check and see the Flop for free.
61% 15% 22%
FLOP: K♣ 9♣ Q♠
29% 6% 64%
Bets $500 FOLD
Raises to $1000 FOLD
WIN $2100
Obviously "on tilt" from the rookie mistake she made, Allison folded the best hand.

Jason Alexander $17,400
Chris Kattan $9900
Allison Janney $9300
Mary McCormack $9000
Nicholas Gonzalez $4400

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

Mary Nicholas Allison (D) Chris (SB) Jason (BB)
8♦ 3♠ 4♥ 4♣ A♠ 2♥ J♠ 2♦ 9♥ 5♥
FOLD Raises to $900 FOLD Calls $700 FOLD
67% 31%
FLOP: 3♦ 8♥ Q♠
83% 17%
Bets $400
Raises to $1400 Calls $1000
TURN: 7♣
92% 8%
WIN $7100
Chris folded by showing his cards. Normally, you don't show cards unless you HAVE to. Chris says, "I'm coming off as a bad player!"

Nicholas Allison Chris (D) Jason (SB) Mary (BB)
7♠ 6♥ A♣ J♠ K♥ 10♠ 5♣ 3♦ 7♥ 4♣
FOLD Raises to $800 Calls $800 FOLD FOLD
61% 39%
FLOP: 2♣ 5♦ 2♥
75% 25%
TURN: 8♥
84% 16%
COMMUNITY: 2♣ 5♦ 2♥ 8♥ J♦
WIN $10,700
When asked why she went all-in, Allison says, "I don't know." And everyone BELIEVED her!

Jason Alexander $16,800
Allison Janney $10,700
Mary McCormack $9000
Chris Kattan $6800
Nicholas Gonzalez $6700

Chris Jason Mary (D) Nicholas (SB) Allison (BB)
J♠ 8♣ 9♠ 9♦ K♣ 6♥ A♥ 2♦ A♠ 5♣
Calls $400 Raises to $900 FOLD FOLD FOLD
Calls $500
32% 68%
Before the Flop, Robert Thompson says that there are two minutes left in the round. Blinds go up at regular intervals during a tournament such as expect them to go up next hand.
FLOP: A♦ 3♦ 9♣
4% 96%
Jason has a "PERSISTENT German Virgin".
CHECK Bets $3000
WIN $5400

Blinds are now $300 (SB) and $600 (BB). [See? Told ya.]

While the dealing is done on the next hand, Mary looks at a book of 20 poker tips, written by Phil Gordon, to help the celebs in their game. If YOU want one as a PDF download, you can donate $20 (100% tax-deductable) at What's more, you can get an actual booklet SIGNED by Phil for a $50 donation.

Mary Nicholas Allison (D) Chris (SB) Jason (BB)
9♠ 7♠ 10♣ 8♠ J♠ 6♦ Q♠ Q♦ 9♣ 3♣
FOLD FOLD Calls $600 Raises to $1300 FOLD
Calls $700
13% 87%
FLOP: 6♥ J♣ K♦
Oooooo...Allison flopped two pair!
70% 30%
Bets $600
Raises to $1800 Calls $1200
BANG! Chris lands "six t**s"!
Calls $2400
J♠ J♣ 6♦ 6♥ K♦ Q♠ Q♦ Q♣ K♦ J♣
WIN $11,600

Chris Jason Mary (D) Nicholas (SB) Allison (BB)
Q♥ 8♥ 9♦ 6♥ A♠ 8♣ 5♠ 2♣ 8♦ 5♦
Calls $600 FOLD Raises to $1800 FOLD FOLD
Calls $1200
32% 66%
FLOP: K♦ 2♥ 3♦
19% 81%
Bets $600 Calls $600
TURN: 7♣
8% 92%
Bets $600 Raises to $1800
Calls $1200
COMMUNITY: K♦ K♠ 7♣ 3♦ 2♥
Bets $600 Calls $600
K♦ K♠ Q♥ 8♥ 7♣ K♦ K♠ A♠  8♣ 7♣
WIN $10,500
Mary played Chris almost PERFECTLY to win this pot. Jason was SO impressed that he tells her, "I want to make love to you on this table right now." And Mary actually climbs on the table briefly.

Mary McCormack $18,300
Jason Alexander $18,000
Chris Kattan $5700
Nicholas Gonzalez $5600
Allison Janney $2400

Jason Mary Nicholas (D) Allison (SB) Chris (BB)
J♥ 8♦ 5♣ 5♦ K♥ 6♥ 8♣ 3♣ A♥ 5♠
FOLD Raises to $1800 FOLD FOLD Calls $1200
64% 34%
FLOP: 7♠ Q♠ 7♣
64% 35%
Bets $600
Raises to $3000 ALL-IN
Chris ponders for a moment and goes all-in...just as Phil comes out and hands him the booklet he was SUPPOSED to be reading. Then Dave comes out and says, "I think you need the THICKER one," handing Chris Phil Gordon's book "Poker: The Real Deal" (which is avaliable for a $100 donation to, BTW)
Calls $300
TURN: 9♠
55% 45%
Chris still has a lot of outs. Any Ace or 5 will give him two pair...and any SPADE will make him a FLUSH.
17 out of 36 cards to win...and he couldn't get a one!
7♠ 7♣ 5♣ 5♦ Q♠ 7♠ 7♣ A♥ Q♠ 9♠
WIN $11,700 OUT - 5th Place

After hugging everyone, Chris throws a mock-tantrum as he shleps to the Lounge. As he enters, he greets Dave with two small boxes. As they sit, Chris reveals that the boxes contain 18-inch Ken dolls made to look like Dave and Phil! As Chris expounds on the virtues of the dolls, Dave says, "My daughter will be horrified by these." Then Dave lets Chris know that, thanks to him, $5000 will go to the Sierra Club Foundation...enough to put a fence around a shrub, at least. As waitress Tammy gets Chris a Bloody Mary and Chris and Phil talk about his three Queens being his only bright spot of the game, we get back to the action.

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

And now it's time for America's favorite interactive reality show segment, HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT?! We will play as Nicholas and only show HIS hand...and tell you how expert Phil Gordon would play this were he in his shoes, thus giving YOU insight on how YOU should play it!
Nicholas Allison (D) Jason (SB) Mary (BB)
K♥ Q♠ ????? ????? ?????
"You" (aka Nick) are first to act, are short-stacked and have a VERY good hand with the "mixed marriage". Best to raise to three times the Big Blind ($2400).
Raises to $1600 FOLD FOLD Calls $800
FLOP: 6♦ K♠ 10♣
"You" flopped top pair. But Mary asks "you" how many chips you have left. This is typical of someone wanting to put "you" all-in. "You" say you have $4000.
Bets $4000
Hmmm... why would she put "you" all-in when she just "limped in" pre-Flop? She couldn't have an Ace-King... but a King-10 is a distinct possibility. In fact, Nick TELLS Mary she thinks she has K-10...but, like "you" should do,...
And Mary has...4♠ 3♦! She was on a stone-cold bluff!
95% 5%
And THAT clinches it! "You" have the "Orient hand" (Three Kings) and Mary can't beat "you". If you went all-in as well, you did the right thing!
K♥ K♠ K♦ Q♠ 10♣ K♠ K♦ 10♣ 6♦ 5♣
WIN $11,600

Mary McCormack $18,700
Jason Alexander $17,600
Nicholas Gonzalez $11,600
Allison Janney $2100

Dave and Phil use their "dolls" to lead into the chip count
Allison Jason (D) Mary (SB) Nicholas (BB)
A♠ Q♠ Q♥ 8♠ J♣ 2♥ K♠ J♦
FOLD FOLD Calls $1300
65% 34%
FLOP: 4♠ 9♥ Q♣
71% 29%
TURN: 10♣
OUCH! Nick got the nut straight! And Allison is gone again!
Q♠ Q♣ A♠  10♣ 9♥ K♠ Q♣  J♦ 10♣ 9♥
OUT - 4th Place WIN $4600

It's rather awkward for Allison as she heads for the back. She was proud of a FEW hands...and was even MORE proud that she WASN'T first to lose! She gets a drink as Dave tells her that Citymeals On Wheels will be getting $5000 for her participation. Suddenly,...*CRASH!* The glass table in front of the couch collapses when Chris just puts his foot on it! While paramedics revive Allison from the seizure, let's get back to the NON-collapsable table...

Jason Alexander $18,400
Mary McCormack $17,900
Nicholas Gonzalez $13,700

It's anybody's race, folks!
Nicholas (D) Jason (SB) Mary (BB)
J♦ 4♦ 9♠ 8♦ A♥ K♦
Nick to Jason: "They're suited..."
Jason: "They're suited for folding!"
Nick: "...but too far away from each other."
FOLD Calls $400 Raises to $3800
WIN $4600
Here, Jason starts to make baby-crying noises, trying to get Mary to leak milk. :)

Jason (D) Mary (SB) Nicholas (BB)
J♦ 10♦ A♥ 4♠ 7♠ 7♥
Raises to $1800 Raises to $2900 Calls $2100
Raises to $4900 Raises to $7900 FOLD
Calls $3000
50% 50%
FLOP: 3♣ 4♦ 10♣
78% 22%
TURN: 7♦
90% 10%
Q♦ J♦ 10♦ 7♦ 4♦ 4♠ 4♦ A♥ Q♦  10♣
WIN $38,100
Here, Jason stands to hug Mary to send her to the Lounge... but she STILL has chips left. Not MANY...but a "chip and a chair" is all that's needed.

Mary (D) Nicholas (SB) Jason (BB)
????? Q♦ 7♣ 9♠ 7♠
FOLD Calls $400 CHECK
64% 32%
FLOP: 4♦ 9♣ 3♠
12% 87%
Bets $800 Calls $800
TURN: 5♦
7% 84%
There's a 9% chance for a split hand. A 6 will give them each a 7-high straight.
COMMUNITY: A♣ 9♣ 5♦ 4♦ 3♠
Bets $1200 Calls $1200
A♣ Q♦ 9♣ 7♣ 5♦ 9♠ 9♣ A♣ 7♠ 5♦
WIN $5600

Jason Alexander $40,900
Nicholas Gonzalez $8000
Mary McCormack $1100

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

Nicholas (D) Jason (SB) Mary (BB)
A♣ 2♥ K♠ 7♦ 5♠ 5♥
Raises to $3000 Calls $2500 ALL-IN
Since Mary is all-in (pushing in her last $100-chip since she had $1000 in on the Big Blind), she can only win from the others what SHE but in. Therefore, there is $3300 in the main pot which ANYONE can win. The other $1900 from Nick and Jason go into a side pot that only they can bet into and win.
26% 34% 40%
FLOP: K♦ 4♣ J♦
13% 79% 8%
Bets $5000 (Side)
Since Nick folded, Jason automatically wins the side pot. Now it's between him and Mary for the main pot. She is down to two outs: either 5.
92% 8%
TURN: 6♦
98% 2%
Now it's even worse! If the 5 of diamonds appears, Jason will have a flush. Only the 5 of clubs can save Mary now.
K♠ K♦ 4♣ 4♠ J♦ 5♠ 5♥ 4♣ 4♠ K♦
WIN $3300 (Main)
WIN $8800 (Side)
OUT - 3rd Place

As she heads back to the Lounge, she utters that she wants to play again. In said Lounge, Phil tells her that, though it's almost impossible to "play TOO aggressively",...she straddled the line there. I, for one, am glad the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is getting $5000 (one of my nieces has JD). And, hey, at least she can nurse her newborn now!

But, now, we're HEADS-UP for the silver chip and the seat at the Final Table. Will this be a tournament about nothing but Jason's win... or will Nick pull off a miracle like many before him? Let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!!

Jason Alexander $45,000
Nicholas Gonzalez $5000

Jason (D) (SB) Nicholas (BB)
K♦ 10♥ 3♦ 3♠
Raises to $3000 ALL-IN
Calls $2000
Nick tells Jason, "I've got a monster!" Too bad it's NOT, really.
48% 51%
Almost literally a coin toss here.
FLOP: 8♣ J♥ Q♥
57% 43%
Nick has the better hand right now...but Jason has more outs than Nick does. An Ace, a King, a 10 or a 9 will get Jason ahead.
45% 55%
In one of the closest final hands in CPS history, both men have Queens and eights. However, Nick's best kicker is the Jack on the Board...while Jason's is the King in his hand! Jason wins the hand and the tournament!
Q♥ Q♦ 8♣ 8♥ K♦ Q♥ Q♦ 8♣ 8♥ J♥

Nick's charity, Friends of El Faro, gets $5000... but it's Jason Alexander who proves that blackjack isn't the ONLY game at which he excels! He moves on to the Final Table and a HUGE chunk of the Caddilac(TM) Prize Pool for The Oakwood Capital Building Fund (like the $300,000 he won on CBJ wasn't enough)!