Television and film star Kevin Nealon, most well-known as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live," will host the US Game Show Network's new poker show, "Poker Royale: The WPPA Championship". The show premiers Tuesday December 7th at 9PM EST/PT.
Nealon will provide witty commentary for the show's six episodes, which chronicle a no-limit hold'em tournament featuring several members of the World Poker Players Association, or WPPA. 2003 World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker will appear, along with Carlos Mortensen, Kathy Liebert and Paul Wolfe. The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas hosted the event.
Poker is not a foreign subject to the fifty-one year old poker88 comedian. Nealon bested five other players on the October 24th episode of Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown," and advanced to that show's Tournament 4 Championship, which airs December 31st. He will face, among others, basketball star Dennis Rodman and former "Friends" cast member Matthew Perry.
Nealon has starred in over twenty-five films and shares the distinction of being the longest serving cast member on Saturday Night Live, having appeared for nine of the shows twenty-nine years. His film credits include "Anger Management,""Happy Gilmore" and "Eight Crazy Nights". He currently acts as the voice of OCD Ken on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers".
International Celebs Set For Poker Showdown
Ben Affleck, check-raising British popstar Robbie Williams - It could be the script of a new blockbuster movie, straight from Hollywood, but no, these two celebrities and many others will soon be battling it out for a slice of a £700,000 ($1,300,000) pie. Affleck has already picked up a $350,000 prize earlier this year for his victory in the Califorina State Poker Championship and is clearly hungry for more.
Surely only one place could stage such an poker88 event, Monte Carlo. In what's being described in many quarters as a European version of the WSOP, the event will be staged in March 2005.
Event organiser and original UK Poker Million winner, John Duthie believes many of the European celebrities are accomplished poker players. He says. "They're very good players. It's not just the American celebrities that can play."
Other famous faces taking part will be Nicole Kidman and Matt Damon aswell as many well known names from the world of sport. All will mingle with the professional and amateur poker playing crowds.