Poker Player Profile : Jennifer Tilly

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Jennifer Tilly

Born ‘Jennifer Ellen Chan’ in 1958 California, Academy Award Nominee Jennifer Tilly is a Canadian-American Actress and poker player. In 2003 Jennifer began participating in competitive poker tournaments, encouraged by her boyfriend, professional player Phil Laak.

In 2005 she beat over 600 other players to win the ladies ‘No-Limit Texas Hold’em’ bracelet at the WSOP, becoming the first celebrity to ever win an event at the world famous poker tournament. She followed this win up on September 1st 2005 by winning the WPT Ladies Invitational Tournament in Los Angeles.

Best  known for playing mousy-voiced bimbos in movies, when playing poker, Tilly will often wear a low-cut top and push-up bra to expose lots of cleavage, but has said that “if people are really playing poker, they don’t care. Nothing looks better to them than a pair of aces. They’re not looking at your pair. They’re looking at their pair.”

Jennifer is the target of much trolling on poker forums because of a hand she played badly, heads up with Patrik Antonius on NBC’s Poker After Dark. You can watch that hand below:

The trolling began because she said she thought Antonius might have pocket kings. Both Jennifer Harman and Phil Ivey’s face, after the exchange, really sum it up.

In 2008 Jennifer announced that she would be retiring from her poker career. She said that she felt trying to be great at poker was nothing but an elusive dream as there were too many variables and that trying to find validation in poker was similar to “trying to find a virgin in a wh*rehouse”. She also added that she would never give up on poker entirely.

In January 2010 she resumed her poker career and to this date her total tournament earnings stand at a respectable $916,276. With almost a million in tournament earnings, she certainly has nothing to prove.

Career Highlights:

2010 Bellagio Cup VI $5000 Event Winner
2009 Party Poker World Open V Final 5th Place
2006 Paul Hannum $1000 Charity Event Winner
2005 World Poker Tour Ladies Night Winner
2005 WSOP $1000 Ladies Only Event Winner

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Hayley Reeve

Hayley Reeve is a digital content marketer for Casino Tours Abroad. In her spare time she can usually be found at the "Texas Hold 'em" poker tables.

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