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National Card Playing Day -- yes, that's real -- is on Dec. 28. To commemorate the occasion, Wonderwall sat down with World Series of Poker champion and entertainment industry insider Jamie Gold, who gave us the scoop on the celebrities who love poker.

Scroll through to see the famous poker players, and if you happen to sit at a table with them, then remember the famous line from the movie "Rounders": "If you can't spot the sucker in the first half-hour at the table, then you are the sucker."



Jennifer Love Hewitt


While it takes at least a party of five for a good card game, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt isn't exactly looking to turn pro anytime soon. "The first time I met her -- three years ago -- she was just learning the rules of the game," says Gold. "But I bet she can really play now."



Kirstie Alley


Between dancing and losing weight, Kirstie Alley has a lot of hobbies, and playing poker is one of them. "She's a blast," says Gold. "When I played with her, she was on Twitter the whole time. I think she won more twitter followers than chips that night."



Ben Affleck


He's been playing Mr. Mom a lot these days to his girls, Violet and Seraphina, but when he gets a night out with the boys, Ben Affleck likes to hit the tables. "He's been playing for a long time, but he doesn't take it too seriously, so you can have a lot of fun with him," says Gold. "If you see him in a celebrity tournament, just realize that he's been playing for at least 10 years so he knows what he's doing."



Matt Damon


Because there is nothing Ben Affleck can do that he can't do better, you can also find Matt Damon at a poker table near you. He also starred in "Rounders," a popular poker movie. "His character in 'Rounders' was the catalyst for me taking the game seriously," says Gold. "When I told him that he was central to me winning $12 million at the World Series, he joked about wanting a cut."



Jon Hamm


If you aren't already distracted by his good looks, then Jon Hamm can also get you to fold your winning hand with his charm and sense of humor. "He's so serious and suave on television, but he's one of the funniest people at the tables," says Gold.



Anne Hathaway


While it must be hard for Anne Hathaway to find the time to play cards between her movie career and recent engagement, deep down she's a card shark at heart. "She's really intuitive and completely aware of everything that's going on," says Gold. "She's just beginning to play, but she'll be great."



Tobey Maguire


The former "Spider-Man" star got in a little hot water this year when he got busted for being a part of an illegal poker game, but trouble aside, Tobey Maguire should bring his superpowers back to a poker room soon. "He's finally done with that ridiculous lawsuit, and he's too good of a poker player not to be back at the tables," says Gold.



Paris Hilton


She's really good at spending money, but when it comes to gambling, Paris Hilton doesn't exactly just give it away -- unless it's for charity. "I was hosting a charity poker tournament at the Cannes Film Festival, and she was nice enough to support the event," says Gold. "The crowd was so excited about her being there that she had to spend more time taking pictures than playing cards."



Teri Hatcher


She may play a girl-next-door type on "Desperate Housewives" but don't let her sweetness fool you at the poker table. "She's smart and savvy with cards in her hands," says Gold. "Her 'poker smile' can throw you off your game, so be careful there."



Maria Bello


"Prime Suspect" star Maria Bello may show her smarts while fighting crime, but hey, she also starred in the gambling movie "The Cooler," so maybe she picked up some card-playing skills there. "She's so sharp and wise as a player -- the exact qualities you need to be successful in no limit hold 'em. She has a real future as a player," says Gold.



Ricki Lake


Ricki Lake finished in third place on this past season of "Dancing With the Stars," but in a poker game she often finishes first. Her trick? "She can charm her way through a bluff," says Gold. "Stay out of her way!"



Jennifer Tilly


After winning a World Series event in 2005, Tilly basically made poker a full-time commitment. She's also been dating poker pro Phil Laak for the past six years, so the last thing you want to do is treat her like some actress at the poker tables. "She now divides her time equally between acting and playing poker professionally," says Gold. "Don't make the mistake of not taking her seriously."



Pamela Anderson


She's spent a lot of time in Las Vegas over the years, but Pamela Anderson usually uses her poker playing skills to win money for PETA and other charities. "Her poker charity events raise a ton of money for various causes, but she gets so much attention that it is nearly impossible for her to focus on the game," says Gold.



Don Cheadle


Actor Don Cheadle once defeated poker champion Phil Ivey in the first round of a heads-up poker championship, so you know he means business at the tables. "He takes the game very seriously," says Gold. "He uses poker to raise money for various charities and does it with grace."



Adam Sandler


His movies seem to get more ridiculous each year, but the money keeps pouring in for Adam Sandler, who doesn't exactly rush to gamble it away. "People say that Bill Gates loves poker but will only play $10 hands," says Gold. "Someone said Sandler is the same way. He's in it just for the fun of the game."



Camryn Manheim


While most celebrities hit up Jamie Gold and other poker pros for lessons on how to better their game, actress Camryn Manheim is good enough now to help fellow stars improve their skills. "She's such a great poker teacher," says Gold. "Good luck trying to beat her."



Shannon Elizabeth


The "American Pie" cast recently reunited to film the latest installment of the movie series, and if they cast used down time to play cards, then there's a good chance Shannon Elizabeth walked away the winner. She's played in the World Series, and even beat out 83 others to win a tournament once. "A true student of the game, Shannon doesn't let much distract her," says Gold. "But watch out -- she can sure distract a table full of men."



Julie Bowen


"Modern Family" star Julie Bowen is just one of the many celebrities who will play cards for charity, as she;s pictured doing for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Whether it's for a good cause or a real competition, celebrities are all getting in on the action. "All the stars are playing poker these days," says Gold. "The game has really taken over Hollywood."



Jim Carrey


Funnyman Jim Carrey is a man of a million faces, but a poker face is still sort of new to the actor. "He's just beginning to play, but I am dedicated to making him a great player," says Gold.




Brad Garret and Ray Romano


Along with fellow former sitcom stars Jason Alexander and Drew Carey, Brad Garrett and Ray Romano are big on the poker scene. They can often be found at games together, because everybody loves poker. "Believe it or not, they are even more fun to play with then they are to watch on TV," says Gold.

 


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