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Poker Makes an Appearance at the Primetime Emmy Awards

Guess who made an appearance at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards last night?

Our very own superstar: Poker.

It didn’t have to don a tuxedo. There were no awards for it to pick up. There wasn’t even a walk down the red carpet. But we were there.

Antonio Villard Premium Electronic Cigars took over the Kari Feinstein Style Lounge to offer the celebrities in waiting the opportunity to have a puff on their e-cigars whilst getting stuck into a game of tournament poker.

The Celebrity Poker Challenge was organized by Antonio Villard’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tristan McMurphy, who said: “Our goal is not just give our e-cigars to the celebrities in attendance, but rather to do something unique that is fun and different. We want to give back, and to include our celebrity guests in doing so.”

Breaking Bad Stars Love Their Poker

Two celebrities who must have been interested in the poker were the Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. Paul was recently snapped whilst railing a friend in a World Series of Poker (WSOP) Daily Deepstack event at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino, and he was on hand to pick up the award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Cranston used to be a regular on Celebrity Poker Showdown. A celebrity game show that was aired on the Bravo channel and starred the likes of Phil Hellmuth, Jason Alexander and Kevin Pollak back in the early noughties.

Breaking Bad won five awards in all, with Cranston picking up the award for Best Lead Actor, Moira Walley-Beckett picking up the award for Outstanding Writer for the ‘Ozymandias’ episode, and for the second year running, Anna Gunn picked up the award for Outstanding Supporting Actress.

The night’s other big winners were the BBC mini-series Sherlock, with the show’s stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman picking up awards, and Modern Family also picking up a raft of gold.



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