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The Ten -- Celebrity Poker Players

The Ten -- Celebrity Poker Players

by Brian Pempus |  Published: Nov 01, 2011

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In this new Card Player series, we rank things in the poker world in an attempt to stir up some debate. This week we take a look at the best celebrity poker players, who even without their celebrity status would be noteworthy in the poker community. Although, some probably wouldn’t have the bankroll to be a force in the biggest cash games and highest buy-in events around, but that’s besides the point. Celebrities help to legitimize the poker industry to casual outsiders of the game. Here are some of the best at doing this task: 1. Gabe Kaplan: It’s hard to think of any celebrity in poker more skilled than Kaplan. The 66-year-old New York native, arguably best known for his role in the 1970s sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter, transitioned himself into quite the card shark, eventually landing a gig as the host of GSN’s High Stakes Poker in 2006. ...


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