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Shannon Elizabeth

Shannan Elizabeth at Poker TableBorn on September 7, 1973, Shannon Elizabeth became instantly famous when she appeared in the comedy American Pie in 1999. Before being cast in this movie, however, Elizabeth also appeared in the films Dish Dogs and Jack Frost.

Despite her success as an actress, Elizabeth didn’t always dream of becoming one. In fact, she was a high school cheerleader that had plans to become a professional tennis player. When she earned a spot in a music video that was being shot in her hometown, however, she turned her sites to acting and modeling.

Elizabeth’s modeling career ultimately led her to acting, which resulted in her role in American Pie. She also had a recurring role in the television series That 70s Show. In all, she has been in over 35 movies and television shows and even did voice acting for a video game, James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing.

Although most people associate Shannon Elizabeth with acting, she is also an avid poker player that has made quite a career out of the sport. In fact, Elizabeth considers poker to be her “second career” and many have referred to her as being “one of the leading celebrity poker players.”

Elizabeth claims that she started playing poker at a young age, as she and her family regularly played draw and stud games together. She wasn’t introduced to Texas Hold’em, however, until after she came to Hollywood. When she was first taught the game, she did not care for it. It wasn’t until 2003 that she started to enjoy the game and play it on a more regular basis.

Today, Elizabeth heads to Vegas about three times per month in order to play with some of the top poker players in the United States. She even played in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in 2005. In 2006, she won a special tournament that was set up to celebrate a new poker room at Caesars Palace. In order to secure her victory, she had to beat out 83 other celebrities as well as professional poker players. The victory earned her $55,000 in winnings.

Elizabeth cashed four times in the World Series of Poker in 2006 and 2007. Both years, however, she busted out of the Main Event early. She did redeem herself later in 2007 when she made it to the semi-finals of the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship. Players included many professional poker players and the eventual champion, Paul Wasicka, was the one that knocked her out of the tournament. Along the way, she beat several players that have multiple World Series bracelets to their names. These included Barry Greenstein, Jeff Madsen, and Humberto Brenes.

Thanks to her successful acting and poker career, Elizabeth has landed a sponsorship agreement with FullTilt and in the past has played for Bodog She has also signed a poker marketing agreement with Poker Royalty, which is the leading marketing and representation agency for poker in the world. She also combined her loves of acting and poker in 2006 when she starred alongside Burt Reynolds in a move about an ex-gambler who plays in the World Series entitled Deal.