Friday, October 9, 2009
Jennifer Tilly is the modish celebrity making shakes in the women's poker circuit. She made history when she became the first Hollywood star to take home a World Series of Poker gold bracelet Ladies' No Limit Hold'em event. She then broke records again by finishing the invitational 2005 World Poker Tour Ladies night. Her WPT win made her the first woman to win both the major World Poker Tour and World Series Of Poker women's events.
Jennifer Tilly has been best known as an actress, having performed on top of 100 movies and television shows such as Bound, Bride of Chucky, and Liar Liar. Tilly is most known for her appearance in Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway, in which Tilly was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Jennifer Tilly has also done a lot of voice-over work including roles such as the killer doll Tiffany in Child’s Play, and as the voice of the Griffin Family’s neighbor Bonnie in the hit TV show, Family Guy.
Jennifer Tilly became stitch up with poker in the same way that many other Hollywood celebrities have in the last few years, through playing on television celebrity poker programs. She has appeared on Game Show Network’s Poker Royale as well as on Poker Superstars III, where she was busted in the preliminaries. Other TV appearances include Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and ESPN’s Pro-Am Poker Equalizer, where she appeared as a celebrity.
She became the hottest poker player during her break out performance in the ladies No Limit Texas Holdem World Series Of Poker in 2005 when she won the title and took home the $156,825.
Jennifer Tilly outlasted 600 women including She outlasted some tough players, including touring pro Isabelle "No Mercy" Mercier WPT Season 2 Ladies Night champion, Cecelia Mortensen tournament player and wife of 2001 WSOP champion Carlos Mortensen and Aidiliy Elviro fiancee of Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi to earn that WSOP bracelet and showed the poker world she was not a one time fluke on September 2005 by winning the 3rd World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Jennifer Tilly's WSOP success made her the first non-poker celebrity to win a World Series of Poker bracelet.
During an interview on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jennifer Tilly said, “I was astonished too. As it started to approach the moment where I thought I might possibly be winning a new piece of jewelry, I was freaking out. And you know, I had almost all the chips, I had like 1,300 chips and the other girl had maybe, um, 57 chips. And I was like, I know because I'm on ESPN and the cameras are on me, there's going to be some way I'm going to lose my entire stack in one hand. But it didn't happen”.
Jennifer Tilly take advantages of an aggressive style that can be daunting. She manage to do well in tournament play. She’s an exceptionally intelligent celebrity gone hottest poker player who uses her smarts in a sagacious manner.
She’s gone from being a celebrity poker player to a professional in a relatively short amount of time. And she’s gone from being a professional into retirement in an even shorter amount of time.
As Jennifer Tilly told Bluff Magazine in 2008, “I’m not giving up poker entirely — gambling is an addiction after all. I’m just going to treat it more like a hobby and less like a career."