Poker Central announced the lineup for the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout that is scheduled to take place later this month at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The poker pros who will compete for a $1 million prize would be recognized on the street by even the most casual of poker fans. Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Hellmuth and Doyle Brunson will all take seats at the table beginning on June 27.
The celebrity players are all Hollywood actors who have admitted to being passionate about poker, including the hosting of charity events, poker TV shows, and/or finishing in the money at the WSOP. Kevin Pollack, Hank Azaria, Brad Garrett, Don Cheadle, and Norm Macdonald will take to the felt in less than a week in the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout.
Structure of the Event
The five poker pros will be seated at one table and do battle against each other until only one remains. The five celebrities will do likewise, creating a heads-up showdown between a pro and celebrity. Heads-up action will be best-of-three with a winner-take-all $1,000,000 prize.
The celebrity shootout is scheduled for June 27 and 28. Fans who would like to watch the event on TV can do so beginning on July 29 at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The exciting action will be televised for three consecutive Wednesdays that includes August 5 and August 12.
“This exciting, high pressure poker will be riveting to watch,” said Poker Central CEO Clint Stinchcomb. “These Hollywood celebrities are about to face off in the hardest game of their life, for more than they’ve ever played for before, against some of the world’s best players.”
About the Celebrity Players
Brad Garrett is perhaps best known for playing Ray Romano’s brother on Everybody Loves Raymond. Garrett has been a stand-up comedian for decades, with a resume that includes the opening act for both Sammy Davis, Jr. and Frank Sinatra.
Hank Azaria has starred on both TV and the big screen on broadcasts such as Mad About You and The Birdcage. He is the voice of dozens of The Simpsons characters, including bartender Moe Szyslak, Chief Wiggum and convenience store proprietor Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.
Norm Macdonald was a featured player on Saturday Night Live for five years and appeared in films such as Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. He hosted High Stakes Poker on TV in 2011.
Don Cheadle is a film star who counts Oceans Eleven and its two sequels amongA his credits. Moviegoers may remember that his presence was felt in the likes of Hamburger Hill and Colors.
Kevin Pollack was the host of Celebrity Poker Showdown and finished 134th in the WSOP Main Event in 2012, earning $52,718. Casino and The Usual Suspects are just two of his many film credits.
Poker Central, a 24/7 poker programming channel that is set to go on the air later this fall, is sponsoring the Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout.