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James Woods’ recent 7th place finish at the World Series of Poker in a $3,000 NLHE Shootout was the actor’s first final table in a WSOP event, but it certainly wasn’t new territory for the Golden Globe and Emmy award winner.

Woods has been an avid poker player for many years, cashing in tournaments from coast to coast. His body of work on the poker tables includes seven final table appearances, one of those a championship in 2011 when he topped the field in a $200 buy-in bounty event at the

Foxwoods New Years Day Festival in Mashantucket, Connecticut for $2,929.

Borgata Final Tables

Prior to winning $28,832 in Event #4 at the 2015 WSOP, Woods found himself at a final table last month at the Borgata Spring Poker Open in Atlantic City. The Rhode Island native parlayed a $340 entry fee into a $5,109 payday for fourth place in a Seniors event, the Hendon Mob reported.

This after having participated in the 2015 Borgata Winter Poker Open as well:

Among his three dozen lifetime cashes, the Seniors tournament was Woods’ first final table appearance since 2013 when he finished runner-up in a $400 Big Stack event at the Borgata for $17,214. He also came up just short of a title two years earlier, again landing in second place at the Ozark Poker Championship VI in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma for $1,520.

Woods’ first-ever cash at a live poker tournament was yet another runner-up finish in a $300 buy-in event, this time at the Commerce Casino in L.A in 2004. The “Ghosts of Mississippi” star earned $3,210 for second place in a small field of 23 players, nine of whom chose to re-buy.

2006 a Banner Year for Woods on the Felt

Woods didn’t make it to another final table for four years, although he did record more than a handful of cashes in the interim that included his first WSOP cash and his largest-ever poker payday – both in 2006. At the WPT L.A. Poker Classic $10,000 Championship Event, Woods ran deep and finished 24th out of 692 runners for prize money totaling $39,859.

Five months later at the 37th annual WSOP in a $2,000 NLHE Shootout event – the same year he appeared on television in “ER” and “Entourage,” playing himself in the latter role – Woods earned his WSOP stripes by finishing 56th for $4,805. That was his first of six lifetime cashes in WSOP action, all but his most recent earning four-figure paydays.

Three of those six WSOP in-the-money finishes were racked up at the 2014 WSOP, including the Little One for One Drop where Woods made it as far as 93rd place before exiting the WSOP stage. All told, Woods has earned $163,509 in live poker tournaments, showing a prowess on the felt that is likely both envied and applauded by a number of his fellow actors.

There is a lot of poker yet to be played at the 2015 WSOP. Will Woods come out for an encore?

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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