In Vegas, only the strong survive...or, at the very least, get out of town with some money in their pocket. The five players tonight don't have to worry about running out of dough. They're celebrities, for one thing. For another, this is CELEBRITY POKER SHOWDOWN, the serious cash-money tournament that plays like Beverly Hills home games, and it don't cost them a thing to get invited to this. The only deal is...they must play for charity, specifically for the largest parts of the Beck's Premier Light(TM) $250,000 Prize Pool and the $100,000 winner's share.

This season is different from previous tournaments because each and every preliminary table has a theme. This one has people who are friends and/or co-workers of Rosie O'Donnell...and Rosie as well! The celebs are:


Eddie Cibrian
playing for the V Foundation for Cancer Research
He played poker rounder Eddie Towne on ESPN's series Tilt. His connection with Rosie: he and she played themselves in the TV movie "Jackie's Back". Will he be back for the Final Table or will he need Michal Madsen's help to survive THIS Vegas table?

Mo Gaffney
playing for Planned Parenthood
This is Mo's THIRD - count 'em, THIRD - attempt at CPS. Her connection with Rosie: not sure but, being they both started as stand-up comedians, maybe they worked the same club. Will she join her former partner Kathy Najimy at the Final Table or will she bomb yet again?!

Penny Marshall
playing for A Place Called Home
"Laverne DeFazio" is now a respected director like her father Gary. Her connection with Rosie: she directed Rosie in Rosie's first film, "A League of Their Own". Will she direct a winning streak tonight or will she be riding in Lounges with boys (Phil and Dave, that is)?

Rosie O'Donnell
playing for Rosie's Broadway Kids
The woman, the myth, the legend! Talk show host, actress, life partner, adoptive mother...what ain't this babe done?! Oh, HERE! Will she turn the others into (Betty) rubble or will she take an early "Exit to Eden"?

Travis Tritt
playing for Disabled American Veterans

Back from his appearance in the second tournament (and a tour with Wanda Sykes, we think), this country-western star returns. His connection to Rosie: well,...I'm sure she likes C&W. Will he be "Ten Feet Tall and Bulletproof" this time or will he chock THIS loss up to "Foolish Pride"?

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.

Let's get busy!  As Tournament Director Robert Thompson so constantly says. let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Blinds start at $100 (SB) and $200 (BB). The Dealer Button (D) starts on Eddie, meaning Mo posts the Small Blind, Travis posts the Big Blind and Rosie is first to act.

As for the hosts' Picks O' Doom, Phil picks Eddie for playing eith the pros on Tilt...while Dave picks Travis.

Rosie Penny Eddie (D) Mo (SB) Travis (BB)
6♣ 2♠ K♦ 4♣ Q♥ 2♦ J♦ 5♠ 4♦ 3♠
FOLD FOLD FOLD Raises to $500 FOLD
WIN $700
Many hands in tournament poker are won by forfeit like this one. Aggressive pre-Flop betting this early on will usually win it for you.

Hand 2

Penny Eddie Mo (D) Travis (SB) Rosie (BB)
7♣ 2♠ K♦ 3♦ A♦ K♠ J♥ 5♠ Q♣ 6♣
FOLD FOLD Raises to $400 FOLD Calls $200
58% 42%
FLOP: 7♥ 10♣ Q♥
31% 69%
Rosie says, "ZOINKS!" upon seing the Flop. She calls it her "subtle poker face". Whether she was just faking or not, she DOES have a pair of "ladies".
Bets $400 Raises to $800
Calls $400
TURN: 5♣
13% 87%
Rosie: "I'll check to the raiser...oh, wait, I'M the raiser!"
COMMUNITY: Q♥ 10♣ 7♥ 5♣ 2♦
A♦ K♠ Q♥ 10♣ 7♥ Q♣ Q♥ 10♣ 7♥ 6♣
WIN $2500

Rosie O'Donnell $11,300
Penny Marshall $10,000
Eddie Cibrian $10,000
Travis Tritt $9700
Mo Gaffney $9000

Eddie Mo Travis (D) Rosie (SB) Penny (BB)
6♠ 5♠ Q♠ 7♣ 9♣ 2♠ A♥ K♦ 10♥ 5♥
Raises to $600 FOLD FOLD Calls $500 FOLD
38% 61%
FLOP: 3♥ 4♥ 7♠
95% 4%
Eddie has flopped a straight!
Bets $1000 Calls $1000
TURN: 3♣
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
Rosie thinks Eddie's bluffing.
RIVER: 10♦
COMMUNITY: 3♥ 3♣ 10♦ 7♠ 4♥
According to Phil, Eddie needs to bet a number that Rosie can call...and all-in ain't it! Rosie shows her "Big Slick" to everyone, meaning an automatic...
WIN $13,800
Eddie does NOT show his straight...claiming he had only a pair. It's not mandatory for someone to show their hand except to prove it's a winner.

Mo Travis Rosie (D) Penny (SB) Eddie (BB)
J♣ 4♥ A♦ 4♣ 7♥ 4♠ 10♣ 5♦ 10♥ 5♣
2% 1%
Yeah, your reading it right. Those are the odds of winning the pot solo. There's a 97% chance of a tie since they both have the same exact hand. Only a flush can break the tie.
FLOP: 8♥ Q♥ J♠
0% 4%
Penny is dead to a tie. Eddie can still win outright if he gets running hearts on the Turn and River.
CHECK Bets $400
Calls $400
TURN: 6♥
0% 18%
There's one heart. But the chance of a tie is still 82%.
CHECK Bets $1000
Calls $1000
Here, Rosie tries to look at Penny's cards...but Penny says it's illegal (which it is, even if you're out of the hand). Rosie says, "What are they gonna do, send me to poker prison?"
COMMUNITY: Q♥ J♠ 8♥ 6♥ 5♠
Both players have the same hand. The only way one can win the pot is if s/he can scare the other out of the pot...
CHECK Bets $4000
...with an aggressive bet.
WIN $7200

Travis Rosie Penny (D) Eddie (SB) Mo (BB)
K♠ 7♥ 10♠ 8♣ K♥ 9♥ 8♠ 7♦ 8♦ 5♠
FOLD FOLD Calls $200 Calls $100 CHECK
61% 19% 17%
FLOP: J♣ 5♦ 9♦
55% 28% 15%
CHECK Bets $300
Calls $300 Calls $300
TURN: 6♣
DEAD! 95% 0%
Eddie has a straight. Mo can STILL tie if a 7 shows up, giving her a 9-high straight like Eddie's.
Bets $1000 FOLD
After Eddie tries to talk Penny out of calling, Penny says, "I'm calling, @#$% you."
Calls $1000
COMMUNITY: J♣ 9♦ 6♣ 5♦ 3♣
Bets $1000
Calls $1000
9♥ 9♦  K♥ J♣ 6♣ 9♦ 8♠ 7♦ 6♣ 5♦
WIN $5500

Eddie Cibrian $18,400
Travis Tritt $9700
Mo Gaffney $8500
Rosie O'Donnell $7700
Penny Marshall $5700

Rosie Penny Eddie (D) Mo (SB) Travis (BB)
K♦ J♥ 9♠ 4♥ Q♦ 2♣ 9♥ 2♥ A♠ 3♥
Raises to $600 FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $400
Rosie says she followed the "Phil Gordon" rule. Phil always advocated raising to three times the Big Blind pre-Flop if you have a good hand.
44% 55%
FLOP: 10♠ 7♣ 6♠
27% 73%
TURN: 6♥
16% 84%
COMMUNITY: 6♠ 6♥ 10♠ 7♣ 3♦
Rosie ain't dumb. She thinks that Travis is slow-rolling her with a small pair. He WAS...and she wasn't going to fall for it. For once, the trip to the "Check Republic" worked.
6♠ 6♥ K♦ J♥ 10♠ 6♠ 6♥ 3♥  3♦  A♠
WIN $1300

Penny Eddie Mo (D) Travis (SB) Rosie (BB)
7♣ 7♥ J♥ 9♠ A♠ J♦ J♣ 10♥ K♦ 10♣
Raises to $600 FOLD Calls $600 Calls $500 Calls $400
57% 26% 10% 25%
FLOP: 3♦ 10♣ 9♦
11% 13% 3% 69%
Rosie has the best hand now.
Bets $1500 Raises to $3000
FOLD Calls $3000 Calls $1500
14% 4% 78%
16% 0% 74%
Travis has an open-ended straight draw. A King or an 8 gets him a straight.
COMMUNITY: 3♦ 3♠ Q♠ 10♣ 9♦
CHECK Bets $1000
Calls $1000 Calls $1000
Travis calls by singing: o/~ I'll bet a thousand... o/~
3♦ 3♠ A♠ Q♠ J♦ 10♥ 10♣ 3♦ 3♠ Q♠ 10♣ 10♣ 3♦ 3♠ K♦
WIN $14,400
Behold the power of the kicker! Both Travis and Rosie had 10s and 3s...but Rosie's King beat Travis' Queen.

Eddie Cibrian $18,400
Rosie O'Donnell $16,900
Travis Tritt $5800
Penny Marshall $5100
Mo Gaffney $3800

Blinds go up during a tournament...and, here, they are now $200 (SB) and $400 (BB).
Eddie Mo Travis (D) Rosie (SB) Penny (BB)
8♥ 3♦ 7♦ 2♠ 8♠ 6♦ Q♠ Q♣ J♥ 10♦
84% 16%
FLOP: 2♣ 10♥ 10♠
10% 90%
Penny flopped "30 miles of bad road"!
Bets $500 Calls $500
TURN: 9♥
5% 95%
Bets $1000 Calls $1000
Rosie tries to help Penny by saying, "I'll bet $1000...INDICATING that I have a good hand." Little does Rosie know...
COMMUNITY: 10♥ 10♠ A♥ 9♥ 2♣
Bets $1000 Calls $1000
Q♠ Q♣ 2♣ 10♥ 10♠ 9♥ A♥ J♥ 10♦ 2♣ 10♥ 10♠ 9♥ A♥
WIN $5800
Rosey screams, "YOU'VE WON!" and hugs Penny. Eddie smiles, saying, "That was a no-brainer." Penny replies, "I don't HAVE a brain!"

Rosie Penny Eddie (D) Mo (SB) Travis (BB)
6♥ 2♠ K♠ 8♣ A♠ 8♥ A♣ 10♠ Q♠ 2♣
FOLD FOLD Raises to $800 Calls $600 Calls $400
15% 46% 31%
FLOP: 5♠ 4♣ 7♦
22% 53% 20%
CHECK Bets $1500
WIN $3900

Penny Eddie Mo (D) Travis (SB) Rosie (BB)
8♦ 2♥ Q♥ 3♦ 8♣ 3♥ 9♦ 7♦ 6♠ 5♣
FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $200 Raises to $2400
Calls $2000
63% 34%
FLOP: 10♣ 7♥ 3♠
77% 23%
TURN: 6♦
76% 24%
Bets $1000 Raises to $2000
Calls $1000
COMMUNITY: 10♣ 8♠ 7♥ 6♦ 3♠
WIN $11,800

Eddie Cibrian $18,400
Travis Tritt $11,800
Rosie O'Donnell $9600
Penny Marshall $7600
Mo Gaffney $2600

Eddie Mo Travis (D) Rosie (SB) Penny (BB)
K♥ 10♥ J♣ 6♣ K♦ 2♥ J♥ 10♦ A♦ 4♠
Raises to $1200 FOLD FOLD FOLD Calls $800
Penny tries to get Eddie to tell her just how long he's been playing poker...but Eddie, humble as ever, doesn't say a word.
36% 63%
FLOP: 4♥ J♦ 7♠
26% 74%
Bets $1600 FOLD
WIN $4200
As you may have guessed by now, Eddie's an aggressive player...and Penny sure ain't. Even though she had the better hand, Eddie got her to fold.

Mo Travis Rosie (D) Penny (SB) Eddie (BB)
K♦ 5♦ J♦ 7♦ J♥ 10♦ Q♠ 6♦ A♥ 7♣
Calls $400 Calls $400 Calls $400 Calls $200 CHECK
25% 4% 20% 21% 26%
Awwwww...a "family pot", only the second five-way pot in CPS history.
FLOP: 8♦ J♣ 9♦
34% <1% 44% 12% 7%
Calls $2200 Raises to $5000 FOLD FOLD
Calls $2800 (Side)
Just because Mo is all-in doesn't mean others can't bet more if they have more than Mo. Rosie was OK to raise and Travis to call. The extra $2800 Rosie and Travis bet go into a Side Pot that only those two can bet into and win. Mo can only win from each player as much as she herself put in (this is called "table stakes"). The percentages to win will be Main Pot/Side Pot now...except for Mo who can ONLY win the Main Pot.
35% 12%/36% 49%/56%
TURN: 5♥
26% 16%/29% 58%/71%
CHECK Bets $2000 (Side)
Calls $2000 (Side)
Travis tried to convince Rosie to just check...but Rosie tossed a purple $500 chip at him, yelling, "Here's five hundred dollars; call someone who cares!" (One of Travis' greatest hits is "Here's a Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)".)
RIVER: 10♥
COMMUNITY: 8♦ J♣ 9♦ 5♥ 10♥
BANG! Travis has a straight...and Mo has "drowned at the River". Rosie may drown, too, if Travis gets her to go all-in.
$4400 (Side)
As Rosie contemplates, Travis give a classic "Cannonball Run" line: "If you're gonna be a bear, be a grizzly!"
$4000 (Side)
Travis' bet is lowered to match Rosie's all-in. And, for the second time in CPS history, two players are OUT in one hand!
5♦ 5♥ K♦  J♣ 10♥ J♦ 10♥ 9♦ 8♦ 7♦  J♥ J♣ 10♦ 10♥ 9♦
OUT - 5th Place WIN $8600 (Main)
WIN $13,600 (Side)
OUT - 4th Place
Rosie is, technically, fourth because she had more money going into the hand. If the losers tonight had got different amounts of money, Rosie woud've received more than Mo.

After a hug and a kiss to each by Travis, Rosie and Mo sob as they march arm-in-arm to the Losers' Lounge. As they sit with Dave, they claim that Travis scared them and treated them badly. Dave replied that "country singers and porn stars...both come from bad families." Rosie's Broadway Kids (who teach Manhattan children about art and musicals) and Planned Parenthood each receive $5000 "real money" for Rosie and Mo's participation. Rosie apologizes to Phil for her conservative play, not having the guts to raise...but Phil thought she and Mo did fine. Rosie then compliments Phil on his eyes and height and claims, "You shouldn't be that hard to find a wife for!"

Travis Tritt $24,600
Eddie Cibrian $19,400
Penny Marshall $6000

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

Rosie and Mo may not know much about poker...but that doesn't mean YOU should follow their example. To help you along, we'll show you only one player's hand this time (namely Travis') and help you answer the age-old question: HOW WOULD YOU PLAY IT?

Penny (D) Eddie (SB) Travis (BB)
????? ????? 9♣ 7♣
"You" (as Travis) are in the Big Blind...and "you" have a mediocre hand. Still, it's enough to call with "your" chip lead.
Calls $600 Raises to $1800 Calls $1200
Even against a raise, it's a good idea to call. Eddie's always been he might be just bluffing. Still, it's best to play this hand heads-up, so "you" hope Penny will...
FLOP: 8♣ 10♥ 5♣
As Mr. Smithers likes to say, "E-e-e-e-excelent!" "You" have an open-ended straight draw, a flush draw...and even a straight-flush draw, needing a 6 of clubs to make THAT happen.
Bets $3000
Again, Eddie's aggressive. And, even if he's fronting a high pair in the hole, it would behoove "you" to raise to all-in and show him who's the boss!
Calls $3000
Just calling is BAD! It'll give him a chance to catch up.
TURN: 7♥
Didn't make the draw yet...but there's still PLENTY of outs.
Bets $6000
Eddie's representing Aces, Kings, Queens or, at worst, Ace-10. Still, Eddie's SURE to call a raise so...just call.
Calls $6000
RIVER: 10♠
COMMUNITY: 10♥ 10♠ 8♣ 7♥ 5♣
EWWW! No flush...just two pair with a poor kicker. But... Eddie DOES look a little scared. He might think "you" had top pair and now have three 10s.
That PROVES he's worried about "trips". "You" may not have them... but HE doesn't have to know! Go all-in and scare him out of the pot!
Travis had better hope his hand holds up. doesn't. Eddie had J♠ 8♠, meaning his 10s and 8s beat Travis' 10s and 7s.
10♥ 10♠ 8♠ 8♣ J♠ 10♥ 10♠ 7♣ 7♥ 9♣
WIN $22,200
Had Travis pulled the trigger after the Flop or the River, Eddie might have been scared and folded. Travis played that hand poorly. Don't YOU do the same in similar circumstances.

Travis (D) Penny (SB) Eddie (BB)
10♦ 4♦ J♥ 3♠ 9♦ 7♠
Calls $600 Calls $300 CHECK
32% 34% 33%
Phil questions Travis' call here. Suited cards that aren't "connected" are over-rated, according to Phil. Flopping a flush only happens about 0.84% of the time (about 1 in 120)...and getting a flush at ALL happens only 6.4% of the time.
FLOP: 5♦ 7♦ 6♦
92% DEAD! 8%
And, naturally, Travi flops a flush! Penny can't win...but EDDIE still can. 7-7 will give him "quads", 9-9 or 9-7 a full house and an 8 of diamonds a straight flush, all which can beat a flush.
CHECK Bets $2500
Travis OBVIOUSLY over-played that hand. Perhaps the excitement of getting a flush that way screwed up his thought process.
WIN $21,700

Eddie Cibrian $25,600
Travis Tritt $21,700
Penny Marshall $2700

Penny (D) Eddie (SB) Travis (BB)
A♦ 5♥ 6♠ 4♦ A♣ 9♣
Calls $600 Calls $300 CHECK
15% 30% 44%
FLOP: K♥ J♦ 3♦
14% 22% 39%
TURN: 4♠
17% 71% 12%
Bets $2000 Calls $2000
88% 12%
COMMUNITY: K♥ J♦ 8♦ 4♠ 3♦
Bets $5000 Calls $5000
4♦ 4♠ K♥ J♦ 8♦ A♣ K♥ J♦ 9♣ 8♦
WIN $15,800
Phil thinks Travis should record a song called, "Calling with No Pair".

Travis asks, "Who do I have to have sex with to get a drink around here?" Penny, without changing her moping expression, says, "I'll get it for ya!"
Travis (D) Penny (SB) Eddie (BB)
J♥ 4♥ A♥ 2♦ 9♣ 4♠
Raises to $1500 ALL-IN
39% 61%
FLOP: 6♣ 10♥ K♥
48% 52%
TURN: 5♦
31% 69%
Penny's in good position to double-up. She needs to evade any heart.
COMMUNITY: K♥ 10♥ 7♥ 6♣ 5♦
OH! Drowned at the River once again!
K♥ J♥ 10♥ 7♥ 4♥ A♥ K♥ 10♥ 7♥ 6♣
WIN $3600 OUT - 3rd Place

As Phil put it, Penny "Sclemeel, schlemazel"s her way to the Lounge. Mo and Rosie give her sympathy by hugging her before she reaches the couch. At least Penny's charity, A Place Called Home (who makes safe community centers in bad neighborhoods), gets $5000...and Penny says they could use all the money they could get. The ladies also joke about Penny getting "lucky" with Travis in the future.

But, now, it's HEADS-UP between the C&W singer and the basic-cable poker actor. One will bomb out and get $5000 for his charity, the other moves on the the Final Table and the Gold Chip! Either way, one of the hosts' Picks O' Doom is actually going to WIN! Let's SHUFFLE UP AND DEAL!

Eddie Cibrian $33,200
Travis Tritt $16,800

Eddie (D) (SB) Travis (BB)
8♠ 2♠ Q♣ 9♥
Raises to $1500 Calls $900
36% 62%
FLOP: 2♥ 3♣ 7♠
79% 21%
Bets $3000
WIN $6000

Travis (D) (SB) Eddie (BB)
K♦ 3♦ A♣ 10♣
Raises to $1500 Raises to $6000
Calls $4500
37% 63%
FLOP: J♠ 5♠ 3♥
74% 26%
Bets $5000
As Travis ponders, Rosie yells from the Lounge, "BE A GRIZZLY!"
Calls $7300
TURN: 10♦
11% 89%
Travis is in trouble. The 10 paired Eddie's and put him ahead. He needs a King or a third 3 to win.
3♦ 3♥ K♦  J♠ 10♦ 10♣ 10♦ A♣ J♠ 6♠

Travis' charity, Disabled American Veterans, gets $5000. But Eddie put down the guy who put down all the girls as wins the Silver Chip, earning him and HIS charity (the V Foundation) a seat at the Final Table!

The stage is set! Andrew "The Bachelor" Firestone, Stephen "Praise Da Lord" Collins, Kathy "Fo' Mo" Najimy, Cheryl "I'm Gonna Throw Up" Hines and "Fast" Eddie Cibrian will battle it out for the biggest part of the Becks Premier Light $250,000 Prize Pool, with the winner getting the $100,000 lion's share!