In a sport dominated by men, there are a surprisingly high number of female celebrities who regularly play poker.
Many celebrities love playing poker. It’s a very accessible game for them given they are generally wealthy. This is a great platform to promote the game to a wider audience.
This list is of the most famous female celebrities who are known to play poker on a regular basis.
Shannon Elizabeth is one of the better female celebrities to play poker. She boasts more than $200,000 in tournament cashes. Her best official tournament result was in the 2007 NBC Heads-Up Championship where she managed to grab third in a star-filled field. She took home $125k for her efforts
Jennifer Tilly and Phil Laak are the most famous celebrity poker couple, being together since 2004. Tilly is more than just good looks with her impressive playing style. She has earned just under $1 million in tournament cashes. She has a WSOP bracelet in the 2005 ladies event which earned her more than $150k in prize money.
Cheryl Hines is well known for her role as Larry David’s wife in Curb Your Enthusiasm. She has also starred in many popular Hollywood films. Her acting skills have clearly made their way to the felt as she is a regular in poker games. Her only notable tournament cash was in 2006 for $50k.
Mimi Rogers has appeared in more than 50 films and is a well respected actress. She is also not a bad poker player! While she doesn’t play too much publicly any more, she has almost $20k in tournament cashes to her name.
Shana Hiatt is a model and TV presenter who knows her way around the poker felt. Shana Hiatt was the host of the WPT through the first three seasons. In 2006, she sued the WPT for interfering with her search for employment with another poker TV show. Hiatt has no tournament cashes of note, but is well known in the poker community.
Heather Graham is another huge name on this list. The A-list celebrity has been known to try her hand at the poker tables. She has been quoted as saying “Poker is pretty vicious and dark. It brings out an ugly side of me that’s pretty competitive”.
Laura Prepon, known for her roles in That 70s Show, and Orange is the New Black, does enjoy playing some poker. She has played in some major poker events, and has even said that she plays poker to “relax”.
Camryn Manheim, who had a huge role in the TV show, The Practice, is also a keen poker player. She loves the game, and has even appeared on the poker TV show, Celebrity Poker Showdown.
Lauren Graham has also appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown. The actress is known for her roles in Gilmore Girls and The 40 Year Old Virgin.
Erica Schoenberg (now Lindgren)
Erica Schoenberg was previously engaged to poker professional David Benyamine, but is now married to Erick Lindgren. Someone that close to a pro like Erick Lindgren will definitely pick up a trick or two. She has over $850k in tournament winnings, and has even appeared on a strip poker TV show… you can Google that yourself but that image is a little preview!
Paris Hilton is definitely a household name, but few know she likes the occasional game of poker.