US Celebrity Poker Players

There are some who say that poker is about as American as stars and stripes. That it’s in their genes, and is played by families all over the 50 states. It’s such a shame that the federal government doesn’t see it that way as online poker with operators like Unibet is still banned in 47 of those 50 states.

Yet despite the gate being locked on an Internet game, the live game is still flourishing and it attracts celebrities like bees on flowers.

Here are three of the more commonly sighted A-listers that you will find folding, checking and raising their way through a poker competition near you.

1# James Woods

The man is so famous he even has a school named after him in the hit series Family Guy, and this is why he tops our list of superstars that are regularly seen on the felt.

Woods is a regular at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) where he can be found playing both cash games and tournaments. In 2006, he finished 24th in the World Poker Tour (WPT) LA Poker Classic for $39,859 – his biggest score to date.

2# Gabe Kaplan

In terms of results, Gabe Kaplan may well be the most successful celebrity turned poker player with over $1.7m in live tournament earnings.

The former star of the sitcom Welcome Back Kotter has had no fewer than nine six figure scores including a runner-up spot in a WSOP event and a third place finish in a WPT event.

3# Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander is best known for his role as George Kostanza in the hit US sitcom Seinfeld and is another regular at the WSOP alongside the likes of Kaplan and Woods. The former Seinfeld star once finished 10th in a WSOP charity event in 2007 called Ante Up for Africa.