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Good Charlotte's Benji Madden

Guitarist and Backup Vocalist of the Punk-Rock Band Good Charlotte. He and Joel his identical twin brother co-founded the band. He was born Benjamin Levi Combs on March 11, 1979 in Waldorf, Maryland.

Joel and his other Good Charlotte bandmates made a cameo in the 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie. They also appeared in the 2006 film Material Girls with his brother Joel.

While still playing in Good Charlotte, Benji and his brother Joel take part in a side project group called the Dead Executives. Madden was a co-writer and co-producer of some of the songs on Hilary Duff's Most Wanted (2005) complication album. He also co-wrote the theme song for Paris Hilton's reality show "My New BFF."




Benji also had past relationships with some of the famous celebrities like Sophie Monk, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and Katy Perry(?) to name few.

He was spotted playing poker at the 7th Annual WSOP Tournament Invitational. He also showed up in the Ante Africa Europe Celebrity Poker Tournament.

Benji also joined in the Sundance Poker Festival together with his twin brother Joel Madden, some reknowned celebrities like Shannon Elizabeth, Gina Gershon, Kevin Smith, Emile Hersch, Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden, Dave Navarro, Lance Bass, DJ AM, Summer Altice, Anne Heche, and poker pros like Annie Duke, Phil Gordon, Phil "the Unabomber" Laak, and Antonio "the Magician" Esfandiari, to name a few.

He also arrives at the BosPoker.com $100,000 Celebrity Poker Tournament at a private residence in Los Angeles, California.

Another is the 3rd Annual Stars and Strikes Celebrity Bowling and Poker Tournament with his twin brother Joel Madden in Studio City, Los Angeles

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WSOP and ESPN signed new 7-Year Deal

The WSOP (World Series Of Poker) and ESPN the television broadcaster have agreed a new 7 year deal in an extension to their current agreement.

WSOP and ESPN owner Harrah's Entertainment announced Tuesday a new seven year deal worth an undisclosed amount.

The news comes on the same day as the first two of 24 episodes covering the 2009 Main Event are set to debut. Ratings for the initial 2009 episodes - those covering the $40,000 No Limit Hold’em event, the Champions Invitational, and the Ante Up For Africa charity event - are down 8% from the previous year.

The cable sports giant has long been associated with the WSOP. For ten years from the late 1980s to the late 1990s the network aired one-hour episodes covering the main event final table. More modern coverage, complete with hole cards, began in 2002. The next year, ESPN’s coverage of the WSOP Main Event became a mainstay when Tennessee accountant Chris Moneymaker became the improbable champion.

The apparent new TV deal comes as ESPN’s coverage of the 2009 WSOP Main Event ramps up. Last month the network began airing coverage of the event, which culminates with the final table in November.

ESPN said its 2008 coverage of the WSOP drew a 0.9 rating. The network said last year's WSOP reached 919,000 homes and 1.13 million viewers, up 13% and 15% from 2007 respectively.

Surprisingly, ESPN's extensive commitment to televised poker comes amidst stagnant ratings. Though the 2008 WSOP drew an average of 1.13 million viewers, up 15% from 2007, ratings for the 2009 WSOP have fallen 8% thus far from their 2008 levels. However, the addition of the "November Nine" concept -- a delayed, semi-live Final Table broadcast -- boosted ratings for the 2008 Final Table by 46% over the 2007 Final Table.

A network executive who was not authorized to speak about the deal put it this way -- "ESPN is bullish on poker for a long time to come."

ESPN began airing new episodes of the 2009 World Series of Poker on July 28th. Thus far, three two-hour blocks of coverage have aired featuring the $40,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, the Champions Invitational, and the Ante Up for Africa Celebrity/Charity event. The first two of the 24 episodes chronicling the 2009 Main Event will premiere tomorrow, Tuesday August 18, at 8pm EST.





Sources:
http://news.bluffmagazine.com/espn-signs-new-seven-year-deal-to-broadcast-wsop-6547/
http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/media/espn-inks-new--year-deal-world-series-poker/
http://www.pokernews.com/news/2009/08/espn-signs-a-new-seven-year-contract-with-the-wsop-7072.htm

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New Poker Reality Show

The highly anticipated new poker reality show kicks off last Sunday featuring four professionals. Now, the G4 network is taking this mini-Renaissance of televised poker a step further. Take the traditional reality television concept of "four guys picked to live in a house," mix in some hard-core poker action, season it with a healthy dose of prop betting and Vegas hijinks.

The show is titled "2 Months, $2 Million" it's set to premier last Sunday, August 16th at 9 p.m. ET on the G4 network. With Las Vegas serving as the backdrop, four online pros, each between the ages of 22-24, will try to do exactly as the title says and collectively hit the $2 million mark over the summer using their own bankrolls.

Online Poker Pros Emil "Whitelime" Patel, Jay "Krantz" Rosenkrantz, Dani "Ansky" Stern and Brian "Flawless Victory" Roberts will be playing to collectively earn $2 Million over a period of 2 Months.

The four are not just online players, though. In fact, each of them made the money in the 2008 WSOP $10K Heads-Up Championship. And in this year's 2nd event, the $40K No Limit 40th Anniversary tourney, Stern just missed out on his first gold bracelet, finishing 4th for a $548,315 payday.



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Luc Robitaille Celebrity Poker Tournament 2009

The 4th Annual Luc Robitaille Celebrity Poker Tournament 2009 will be taking place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The event will kick off Frozen Fury weekend with a game of No Limit Texas Hold'em. The players from LA Kings and Colorado Avalanche will come and play as they raise money for Echoes of Hope.

Echoes of Hope a charity founded by Stacia and Luc Robitaille, strives to awaken the spirit of hope in the lives of deserving at-risk and emancipated foster youth by providing the resources, knowledge, skills, love and support they need to reach their full potential.

EVENT OVERVIEW Date: Friday September 25, 2009 Time: Pre-party (Studio 54): 3:00pm* Tournament: 6:30pm Place: MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV Details: Pre-party at Studio 54 followed by a No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. Buy-in =$600 ($500 at time of registration and $100 on day of tournament). Guaranteed $40,000 in cash prizes. Bounty prizes for knocking out NHL players!

Luc Robitaille Celebrity Poker Tournament 2009

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50 Cent's New Poker Movie

50 cent, one of the most successful rappers, has signed up to appear in a new film. Curtis Jackson [50 cent's real name] alongside with fellow musicians Wisin and Yandel, and Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro will be feature in the film set in the world of professional poker.


El Cantante's co-producer, David Maldonado, is set to direct the said movie and filming will take place in Puerto Rico.

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The movie is one of several new poker films thought to be in line with Matt Damon's recently fueling speculation that a sequel to one of the best gambling movie of all time Rounders.

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Lady Gaga in the APT?

Lady Gaga on Asian Poker TourLady Gaga was invited by the Asian Poker Tour (APT) which invited just last week the Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps. The APT promised to pick up the tab if she shows up during the Macau Festival at the Galaxy StarWorld Hotel and Casino.

While some find this as a clear publicity stunt by the Asian Poker Tour organizers, Lady Gaga might just turn up. The Venetian Macau plays host to Lady Gaga this August 15 for a concert.

The APT invite read:
poker face lady gagaImagine the reaction if you showed your poker face at the Asian Poker Tour Macau Festival dear Lady Gaga. We have a special Celebrity event featuring Hong Kong and Chinese language stars on Tuesday the 18th which you would be more than welcome to attend. Despite what some poker purists might argue, you have brought the great game to the attention to millions of new people through your worldwide best selling hit. Congratulations on your nine MTV Video Award nominations, but do us and the world a favor, come and see us in Macau and show us your poker face! We would be honored.



Poker Face Lyrics

Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah
Mum mum mum mah

I wanna hold em like they do in Texas Plays
Fold em let em hit me raise it baby stay with me, I love it
Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start
And after he's been hooked I'll play the one that's on his heart

Oh, oh, oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

I wanna roll with him a hard pair we will be
A little gambling is fun when you're with me, I love it
Russian Roulette is not the same without a gun
And baby when it's love if it's not rough it isn't fun, fun

Oh, oh, oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got
Oh, oh, oh
I'll get him hot, show him what I've got

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
(Mum mum mum mah)
(Mum mum mum mah)

I won't tell you that I love you
Kiss or hug you
Cause I'm bluffin' with my muffin
I'm not lying I'm just stunnin' with my love-glue-gunning

Just like a chick in the casino
Take your bank before I pay you out
I promise this, promise this
Check this hand cause I'm marvelous

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)
Can't read my, can't read my
No he can't read my poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(She's got to love nobody)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face
(Mum mum mum mah)






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The Duchess of Poker

Anne Duke was born Anne LaBarr Lederer in Concord, New Hampshire. She is the sister of another professional poker player, Howard Lederer. She has a sister, Katy Lederer, who is an author and poet who also wrote a book the Lederer family, titled Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers.

Annie went to Columbia University where she double-majored in English and psychology. Subsequent to her undergraduate years, Duke was awarded an NSF Fellowship to attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania to study psycholinguistics, a field within cognitive psychology.

She married Ben Duke, a close friend from the same university, and moved to his home in Columbus, Montana. Although originally intending to continue her studies, she decided to leave school in 1992, after five years of graduate school and one month before defending her Ph.D. work. It was at this time that, with the support of her brother, she took up professional poker.

In 2002, she moved to Portland, Oregon to work for ieLogic, a company that produces software for online real time casino gaming. She and Ben were divorced in 2004, but she did win a $500 wager made with fellow pro Steve Zolotow, who bet her that her marriage wouldn't last five years. In 2005 she and her children moved to the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Duke and her then new, Mediterranean-style home — with boyfriend, actor, and producer Joe Reitman — were featured in The New York Times article "At Home With Annie Duke" on January 19, 2006.

After leaving her academic work, Duke began playing poker in the legal card rooms in Billings, Montana. Her brother, Howard, was already a successful professional and he both coached and helped finance her poker play initially. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Las Vegas in order to commence playing poker full time.

In early 2004, Duke received considerable publicity for tutoring actor Ben Affleck, who then went on to win the 2004 California State Poker Championship। Before that time, one of her claims to poker fame was her 10th place finish in the 2000 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event — one position short of the final table — while eight months pregnant with her third child. In the 2004 World Series of Poker, she eliminated her brother, Howard Lederer, from four separate events, including the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, where she took first place and her brother took third. During this same World Series, she won her first gold bracelet, in an Omaha Hi-Lo tournament. She was one of three women (Kathy Liebert and Cyndy Violette being the other two) to win an open event in that year's WSOP.

Duke is one of many poker players who take issue with the restrictions placed on players during televised tournaments. Although the players pay mandatory entry fees to enter tournaments, some venues do not allow players to wear sponsorship logos. Duke raised some controversy when she made a statement in a news article regarding this issue: "We [poker players] are not even slaves. We're people paying to pick the cotton."

In 2006, Duke won the second annual World Series of Rock Paper Scissors (WSORPS). The WSORPS is an annual charity tournament hosted by Phil Gordon at the World Series of Poker. The winner receives free entry into the WSOP Main Event and the proceeds are donated to Gordon's charity Bad Beat on Cancer.

As of 2008, Annie holds the women's record for most "in the money" finishes at the WSOP. In September 2004, Duke won $2,000,000 in the inaugural World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, a 10-player, winner-take-all invitational event. At the time, this victory was the most money paid in a single event to a female poker player. That record was broken by Annette Obrestad during the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event.

Duke has won one World Series of Poker bracelet, in Omaha HiLo, and more than three million dollars in tournament play. Nowadays she refuses to play in women's only tournaments, saying that "Poker is one of the few sports where a woman can compete on a totally equal footing with a man, so I don't understand why there's a ladies only tournament."

In the Main Event of the 2006 World Series of Poker, she finished in 88th place (out of 8,773 entrants) for $51,129 in winnings. She was one of two women left in the field when she was eliminated. (The remaining woman, Sabyl Cohen, later finished in 56th place for $123,699.)

As of 2009, her total live tournament winnings exceeded $3,600,000. Her 37 cashes at the WSOP account for $1,136,846 of those winnings.

On January 30, 2006, Duke became the first poker personality to appear on The Colbert Report.[citation needed] During the show, she talked about her book and what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated event. In 2006, The Game Show Network (GSN) premiered a television special titled Annie Duke Takes on the World, which features Duke playing against amateur poker players. Duke has also made appearances on the Ultimate Blackjack Tour playing Elimination Blackjack.

On December 1, 2006, Duke appeared as a member of the Mob on The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) program, 1 vs. 100. She correctly answered every question and was the only celebrity who wasn't eliminated. She returned for the next few weeks, answering her questions correctly. She reappeared on the Christmas Day episode on December 25, answering a total of 35 consecutive questions correctly during her time on 1 vs. 100, making her the longest running mob member in the history of the show to that point. Duke returned on February 9, 2007 under special "Last Man Standing" rules where the game continued until only one person remained. She survived to reach the final five of 100 contestants, before she, along with three of the other four mob members including Ken Jennings, were eliminated.

Annie Duke has appeared on NBC's Poker After Dark three times but has not won.

On March 24, 2008, Duke appeared on the NBC show Deal Or No Deal to support a contestant named Mary Beth Holtzheimer who, after taking a $341,000 deal from the bank with only two cases left, found her case #13 had the $1,000,000. Annie gave Mary Beth an offer earlier that included a dinner with herself, Mary Beth, and her fiance John Salmieri; private lessons; and an invitation to attend an All Ladies Poker league if the bank's offer was accepted, but it was not.

Along with Phil Hellmuth Jr., Duke is a coach on Fox Sports Network’s Best Damn Poker Show, which is sponsored by the poker site UltimateBet.

In 2009, she appeared on the Donald Trump reality television show, Celebrity Apprentice. Throughout the season, each celebrity raised money for a charity of his or her choice. Duke raised more money for her charity, Refugees International, than any other contestant. Of the field of 16 competitors, Duke survived to compete in the finale against her primary rival throughout the show, Joan Rivers. Duke's fund-raising donations were more than triple those of Rivers'. However, total donations were only one of five criteria adjudged in the final task, and Rivers was ranked superior in three out of the five, placing Duke in second place overall.

source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Annie_Duke

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Poker Brat Hellmuth

Phillip J. Hellmuth Jr. or widely known as The Poker Brat because of his temperamental, competitive and controversial personality. An American professional poker player born on July 16, 1964. 11 WSOP bracelets and for winning the 1989 WSOP Main Event makes him one of the best poker players of all time.

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The Great Dane: Gus Hansen

Gustav Hansen also known as “The Great Dane” was born on February 13, 1974 outside Coppenhagen, Denmark. He is a well-known professional poker player who now lives in Monaco.

In his poker career, Hansen has won a record of three WPT open titles, 2007 Aussie Millions main event and was the season one winner of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. Before his professional poker career in 1997, Hansen was a world class backgammon player and a youth tennis champ. Known for being a sports enthusiast throughout his teen years, competing in several indoor and outdoor sports as a successful junior athlete.

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