The World Series of Poker main event always attracts random celebrities. They can afford to pay the $10,000 entry fee. Over the first four days of the Main Event championship, I spotted a bunch of random actors and sports figures.
Janet Jones (wife of NHL great Wayne Gretzky) played Day 1a along with actors Ray Romano and Brad Garrett of Everybody Loves Raymond. NHL hockey player Max Talbot, Tobey "Spiderman" Maguire, Kirk Acevedo (actor from Band of Brothers), Guy Laliberte (Cirque de Soliel founder), and Jim Feist (sports handicapper) and WPT announcers Vince Van Patten and Mike Sexton were also playing.
Other notables included... SNL Weekend Update anchor Norm MacDonald, talk show host Montel Williams, Sam Simon (producer of The Simpsons), Hank Azaria from The Simpsons, Backstreet Boys singer A.J. McLean, former NBA player Ken Norman from the Clippers, Jen Tilly, Seinfeld's Jason Alexander, Shannon Elizabeth, Nelly, Rene Angelil, and Swedish pop star Dilba Demirbag, former NHL player and coach Rick Tocchet, boxer Antonio Tarver, and former baseball pro Jose Canseco.
So far Spiderman has done the best. He's advanced to Day 3. He hates having people take photos of him and requested that we don't cover him at PokerNews.com. Luckily, Flipchip got a photo of him when he wasn't looking.
(Photo courtesy of Flipchip)
Todd Phillips, the driector of Old School, Bittersweet Motel (Phish Documentary), and Starsky and Hutch also advanced to Day 3.
By the way, in case you were wondering, first place pays $8.25M.