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Hollywood Takes on Poker: A-Listers Affleck, Maguire Set Sights on Final Table

6 Apr 2005

LOS ANGELES -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Pokertropolis has posted the opening odds for players to win the 37th World Series of Poker (WSOP) finals held at Binion's Horseshoe Casino, July 7-15, and Hollywood A-Lister Ben Affleck is the current favorite to win at 450-1.

Affleck's celebrity poker nemesis, Tobey Maguire, trails him at 500-1. James Woods is at 700-1, just behind Greg "Fossilman" Raymer, last year's winner, at 600-1. Other notables include: Matthew Perry, Don Cheadle, Shannon Elizabeth, Dennis Rodman, David Schwimmer, Danny Masterson, Chris Masterson, Mena Suvari and Charlie Sheen all at 1,000-1.

Interestingly, the giants of the screen are well ahead of the giants of poker: Paul "Eskimo" Clark is 800-1, Kathy Liebert and Phil Helmuth, Jr., are 900-1, while Annie Duke and Chris Moneymaker have mountains to climb at 1000-1. David Anthony Williams -- who came second at last year's tournament -- is 1200-1. If there's any consolation, it's that they don't bring up the rear: Larry Flynt will have to hustle all the way through to beat 2000-1 odds.

Pokertropolis was the first online poker site to post odds on celebrities in the WSOP finals in 2004.

Players betting at Pokertropolis can wager on celebs for their own advantage, at the same time as they're shaping the day-to-day celebrity and pro player odds. Wagering is limited to Pokertropolis members, who may register for free. Bets of $10-$50 may be placed through Pokertropolis' secure payment site, with a variety of choices for payment. Pokertropolis, which caters to new and established players, presents users with a slick interface that provides the look and feel of a brick-and-mortar casino from the convenience of one's own computer. The site has offered online poker for a few years now, with innovations such as low industry rakes and $0.99 tournaments with $200 guaranteed prize pools. It even has a private rooms feature allowing players to hold closed-session, exclusive games with friends.

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