CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN is back again! It's the poker tournament that plays like a Beverly Hills home game. The Caddilac(TM) $250,000 Prize Pool awaits five more celebrities and their respective charities as they battle it out to get that last spot at the Final Table and a shot at $100,000!

CPS rookies abound again, though one's nop stranger to celebrity poker. Let's meet the, players:


Heather Graham
playing for Planned Parenthood
Heather has been all OVER the map: on screen (Felicity Shagwell of "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me"), on TV (recently played Dr. Molly Clock on Scrubs) and on computers (voiced Antonia Bayle of Everquest II). Will she be all over this table...or all over PERIOD?

Jesse Metcalfe
playing for St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital
After a number of years on the NBC soap Passions, Jesse moved on to become John Rowland on ABC's Desperate Housewives. Will he have the passion to win or will he get desperate and lose?

Andrea Parker
playing for National Hospice Palliative Care Organization
She had a recurring role as Lt. Caitlin 'Kate' Pike on JAG and now plays Lydia Weston on Less Than Perfect. Will she be perfect with the cards or will she be shot down like a MiG?

Malcolm-Jamal Warner
playing for American Sickle Cell Anemia Association
He started as Theo Huxtable on The Cosby Show. After a few other failed attempts, he landed a role on CBS' Listen Up with Jason Alexander. Will he be successful Here And Now or will he be taking The Magic School Bus home?

Fred Willard
playing for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
From humble beginnings on Real People and "This Is Spinal Tap", Fred's risen to EQUALLY humble roles in "Best In Show", "A Mighty Wind", Everybody Loves Raymond and the WPT. Will he be keeping it real at the table or will he be "dogged" to find a good hand?

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 toss some chips! As Tournament Director Robert Thompson says, SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Blinds start at $100 (SB) and $200 (BB). The Dealer Button (D) starts on Malcolm, meaning Fred posts the Small Blind, Heather posts the Big Blind and Jesse is first to act.

As far as picks go, Dave goes for Fred while Phil picks we KNOW what's gonna happen with them, right?

Before the first deal, Fred asks for special rules: no bluffing and to show courtesy if he looks at their hands.
Jesse Andrea Malcolm (D) Fred (SB) Heather (BB)
K♣ 6♦ Q♣ J♠ Q♥ 6♣ 7♣ 4♥ J♦ 8♠
58% 41%
FLOP: A♦ 3♥ 3♠
72% 22%
Bets $500 FOLD
WIN $1000

Andrea Malcolm Fred (D) Heather (SB) Jesse (BB)
4♠ 3♣ J♠ 10♣ 8♦ 3♥ 10♥ 7♦ K♠ 10♠
FOLD Raises to $600 FOLD FOLD Calls $400
27% 70%
FLOP: 8♠ 5♠ J♣
52% 47%
TURN: 10♦
74% 26%
Bets $300
Raises to $600 Raises to $900
Before his raise, Jesse said (rather briskly), "I'll see it and raise it." Normally, you can't do that in tournaments. But, since he said it so quickly, I guess they let it pass.
Raises to $1200 Calls $300
COMMUNITY: J♣ 10♦ 9♦ 8♠ 5♠
J♠ J♣ 10♣ 10♦ 9♦ 10♠ 10♦ K♠  J♣ 9♦
WIN $3700

Malcolm-Jamal Warner $16,400
Andrea Parker $9700
Jesse Metcalfe $8600
Fred Willard $8300
Heather Graham $7000

Andrea Malcolm Fred (D) Heather (SB) Jesse (BB)
Q♠ 2♣ Q♥ 4♣ 9♠ 5♠ K♦ 6♦ J♠ 10♠
FOLD Calls $200 Calls $200 Calls $100 Raises to $700
FOLD Calls $500 Calls $500
20% 41% 39%
FLOP: 7♥ K♠ 3♣
5% 87% 8%
92% 8%
TURN: 5♦
Bets $2000 ALL-IN
WIN $12,200
As they say, you don't need "the nuts" (the best hand) if you have the "nuts" (the testicular fortitude) to bet big. Jesse fronted having a pair of 5s in the hole...and Heather fell for it.

Malcolm Fred Heather (D) Jesse (SB) Andrea (BB)
6♣ 2♦ K♣ J♥ A♥ 4♣ 5♣ 3♦ 9♥ 7♠
Calls $200 Calls $200 Calls $200 FOLD CHECK
14% 33% 27% 26%
FLOP: A♣ 7♣ Q♠
2% 24% 57% 17%
Heather has top pair, Fred has a straight draw, Andrea has bottom pair...and Malcolm's got nuthin'.
CHECK Bets $500 Raises to $1000
FOLD Calls $500
24% 76%
TURN: 7♦
11% 89%
Andrea WOULD have had the "slot machine" had she stayed in.
Heather has two pair...and didn't bet them.
RIVER: 10♠
COMMUNITY: 7♣ 7♦ A♣ Q♠ 10♠
And Heather might pay for her slow play 'cause Fred has "Broadway"! Fred looks at Heather's stack...of chips. He says, "You don't have much there...and I emjoyed you so much in 'Boogie Nights'..."
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
A♣ K♣ Q♠ J♥ 10♠ A♥ A♣  7♣ 7  Q♠
WIN $6900

Malcolm-Jamal Warner $16,000
Jesse Metcalfe $12,100
Fred Willard $11,300
Andrea Parker $9500
Heather Graham $1100

Fred Heather Jesse (D) Andrea (SB) Malcolm (BB)
8♥ 2♣ 7♥ 4♣ 10♦ 5♦ K♠ Q♥ A♠ 9♦
FOLD FOLD Raises to $500 Calls $400 Calls $300
28% 36% 36%
FLOP: 10♠ 2♠ 10♣
92% 4% 4%
Jesse flopped "thirty miles of bad road"!
Bets $1000 FOLD
Raises to $3000 Raises to $6000
Jesse, after going all-in, tells Andrea to "run for the hills". If THAT issn't a "tell", him leaning back in his chair is. But Andrea missed it. Jesse's bet is lowered to match Andrea's. She needs two running cards to make a full house (two Kings or two Queens), a flush (two spades) or a straight (Ace-Jack or Jack-9).
92% 8%
TURN: 3♣
She gets NOTHING...and she's out!
10♦ 10♠ 10♣ 8♦ 5♦ 10♠ 10♣ K♠ Q♥ 8♦
WIN $19500 OUT - 5th Place

Andrea says it best as she shleps to the Lounge: "Wow,...that sucked!" As she joins Dave in the Lounge, she says she wasn't expecting to be there so soon. She wants Phil to come over with her and Dave...but Phil is a bit angry that Andrea played that hand so poorly. The National Hospice Palliative Care Organization WILL get $5000 for Andrea's short participation in this match... but Andrea says she won't be able to LIVE with herself now. So before she performs "seppuku" on the couch, let's get back to the action...

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

Heather Jesse (D) Malcolm (SB) Fred (BB)
A♥ J♥ K♦ 2♠ Q♣ 3♥ A♠ 8♥
Calls $1100 FOLD Calls $700
45% 32% 19%
A Side Pot willnow be started that only Jesse and Fred can bet into and win...if they decide TO bet into it.
FLOP: 7♥ 9♣ J♠
69% 12% 17%
90% DEAD! 10%
Bets $500
Jesse was dead both ways (for both pots) so he was wise to fold. Fred gets the $500 Side Pot. Now it's between him and Heather for the Main Pot. Fred needs an 8 or a 10 to knock Heather out.
90% 10%
COMMUNITY: 7♥ 9♣ J♠ A♦ 8♠
A♥ A♦ J♥ J♠ 9♣ A♠ A♦ 8♥ 8♠ J♠
WIN $4000

OK, time to actually LEARN something on this show! Ayup, it's HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT? time again! We'll play as Malcolm and only show his hand. We'll give you some tips on how you SHOULD play it.
Jesse Malcolm (D) Fred (SB) Heather (BB)
???? 5♠ 5♥ ???? ????
"You" (Malcolm) have a low pair...and are "on the button", which means "you" get to act last at every subsequent round of betting. If Jesse calls or folds, you should raise to between $1200 and $1600 to force the Blinds to make a decision to call or fold.
Calls $400 Raises to $1200 FOLD Calls $800
Calls $800
"You" would rather play a low pair heads-up instead of against two players. Hope for a 5 on the Flop...
FLOP: 6♦ A♠ 9♠
YEEEEEEESH! BAD Flop! Three "overcards"! Anyone with with an Ace, 9 or 6 can beat "you".
Hmmm...doesn't LOOK laike anyone's flopped a pair. Or maybe they're just "slow-playing" to get "you" to put in chips. "You" could bet big to see if anyone DOES have a pair...or "you" can check and see if a 5 comes on the Turn. Either option is all right.
TURN: 2♦
STILL no help.
Ut oh...NOT good! Most people don't go all-in unless they KNOW they have the best hand. It COULD be a bluff...but why take chances on a small pair? BAIL!
WIN $6100
And Heather's cards: K♠ Q♦! She WAS bluffing! However, Malcolm DID do the right thing and, had this been a cash game, he would win out in the long run playing like that.
Malcolm mutters out loud, "Heather (bleep)ing Graham!"

Jesse Metcalfe $19,200
Malcolm-Jamal Warner $12,300
Fred Willard $11,000
Heather Graham $7500

Jesse Malcolm (D) Fred (SB) Heather (BB)
A♦ 8♣ 10♠ 10♣ A♣ 9♠ J♥ 2♠
Raises to $800 Raises to $1500 Calls $1300 FOLD
Calls $700
9% 73% 15%
FLOP: J♦ K♣ J♣
< 1% 74% 4%
Heather would've flopped three "hooks"!
Bets $1000
FOLD Raises to $4000 Calls $3000
75% 24%
TURN: 3♥
88% 12%
COMMUNITY: J♦ J♣ K♣ 5♥ 3♥
Bets $1000
Raises to $2000 Calls $1000
J♦ J♣ 10♠ 10♣ K♣ J♦ J♣ A♣ K♣ 9♠
WIN $16,900

Malcolm Fred (D) Heather (SB) Jesse (BB)
K♦ K♠ 10♦ 2♥ 10♠ 5♠ A♣ 10♣
Raises to $1500 FOLD FOLD Raises to $3500
Raises to $5500 Raises to $8500
Raises to $11,500 Calls $3000
Most no-limit tournaments have no limit not ONLY to the amount of MONEY put in but ALSO to the amount of TIMES you can raise. This is just weak play, though.
65% 35%
FLOP: J♦ 7♥ 3♠
84% 16%
TURN: 3♣
93% 7%
Calls $6200
Jesse was trying to muscle Malcolm out of the pot...but Malcolm just KNEW Jesse's hand was weak. Jesse needs an Ace or...
He's toast!
3♠ 3♣ 3♥ K♦ K♠ 3♠ 3♣ 3♥ A♣ J♦
WIN $35,600 OUT - 4th Place

After hugging everyone, Jesse walks back to the Lounge, admitting that Malcolm's a good player. Andrea smirks as he enters and asks, "It hurts, doesn't it?" Though St. Jude's Childrens Research Hospital gets $5000, Jesse wishes he could've given more. He admits that he played aggressively...but Phil says that's not a BAD thing, really.

Malcolm-Jamal Warner $39,600
Heather Graham $6900
Fred Willard $3500

Heather (D) Malcolm (SB) Fred (BB)
Q♠ 8♥ A♦ K♦ K♠ 6♣
Raises to $800 Raises to $1600 Calls $1200
76% 23%
FLOP: 6♠ A♣ K♥
91% 9%
Both boys flopped two pair...but, of course, Malcolm's is better. Malcolm asks, "Should we make this painless...or should we drag it out?" Fred replies, "If you want to make this painless, why don't you fold?!"
Bets $3000 ALL-IN
Malcolm's bet is lowered to match Fred's. Fred needs a 6 to make a full house.
TURN: 3♠
95% 5%
A♦ A♣ A♠ K♦ K♥ A♣ A♠ K♠ K♥ 6♣
Aces full of Kings: BEST..."BOAT"...EVER!!
WIN $7800 OUT - 3rd Place

Fred mock-cries as he walks to the Lounge to join Dave, Andrea and Jesse. Fred wonders what Malcolm is "overcompensating for" to get such good cards. Ah, well, he did his best... and the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles gets $5000 for it. He feels sorry...because, had he won more, he says he would've given some to Celine Dion to expand her theater.

But now we go back to the table where it's HEADS-UP between "Theo" and "Ms. Shagwell". The winner moves on to the Final Table... and the loser... is still a loser. So let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Malcolm-Jamal Warner $43,900
Heather Graham $6100

Malcolm (D) (SB) Heather (BB)
5♠ 4♣ K♣ 8♦
Raises to $800 Raises to $1600
Calls $800
37% 62%
FLOP: 2♠ 4♠ Q♣
80% 20%
TURN: 2♣
86% 14%
Calls $4500
Heather needs a King or an 8 to keep the tournament going...
Six outs out of 42 cards in the deck...and she couldn't get a one!
4♣ 4♠ 2♠ 2♣ A♠ 2♠ 2♣ A♠ K♣ Q♣

So Heather's charity, Planned Parenthood, gets $5000...but Malcolm-Jamal Warner, in a record-breaking 19 hands (though not all of them were televised in this one-hour episode), gets the collectable silver chip and the spot at the Final Table!

And the table is set for the biggest parts of the Caddilac(TM) $250,000 Prize Pool. Will the $100,000 winner's share go to Brad Garrett, Jason Alexander, Bonnie Hunt, Colin Quinn or Malcolm-Jamal Warner? Find out soon!