Jennifer Tilly is one of the most popular and regular woman poker player. But where did she come from and is she any good. The fact that Tilly looks like she just walked off the set of a movie is no surprise, she was a full on movie star before she ever stacked chips or stroked the baize.
She began her acting career as a teenager;
Born and raised in Canada, Jennifer Tilly got an early start in acting as a teenager, putting herself through an acting program in Stephens College in Missouri by winning writing competitions. She then headed to Los Angeles and the world of movies. While there, she continued to act on the stage (earning a Dramalogue Award for her performance in “Vanities”), movies and television immediately came calling for the actress with the unique voice and visage.
In LA and the big time beckoned, with roles in films such as Bound, Bullets Over Broadway, (where she earned an Academy Award nomination) Liar, Liar, Bride of Chucky, Relax… It’s Just Sex and Monsters Inc.
Talk about running the gamut.
Throughout she always retained an air of smouldering sex appeal yet never lost her sense of humour in any of her roles.
Plus Tilly managed to find time to tred the boards on stage winning a Theatre World Award for her performance in off-Broadway’s “One Shoe Off” and starred on Broadway in the 2001 revival of “The Women”.
Think about that if you ever sit across the table for her and she LOOKS like he’s bluffing, is she maybe acting like she’s bluffing?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Jennifer would be a fish out of water at the tables but she silenced critics when she took home the golden bracelet in the 2005 World Series of Poker Ladies No-Limit Hold’em.
It was no fluke, as the dark haired beauty proved later that year when she took first place at the World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational.
It’ll let you make any crass “that’s just playing with ladies” comment here, and maybe watch Bound again. But Tilly (and her trademark sexy voice) crossed over and started giving the boys a spanking too.
Tilly may now be the most visible female poker celebrity in the world. Following her aforementioned wins she joined boyfriend and pro poker player Phil Laak as couple and combined to win WSOP and WPT victories.
Phil’s the man to thank for this angel at the table, as Tilly had no interest in poker before she began dating Laak. And already she is considered amongst the top in the world in terms of female players due to her success on the World Poker Tour, where she has won a special event and made it up to the final table.
But what does the future hold, for the sultry Ms Tilly? In a recent TV interview, she claimed that at this point in her career she is more interested in the cards than the movies.
I won’t be complaining, and neither will her bank manager as of 2008 her live tournament winnings alone are in excess of $450,000.
Hollywood’s loss is the poker world’s gain.
Tilly is sometimes referred to (by others as well as by herself) as the Unabombshell because of Laak’s Unabomber nickname…and her own special charms. She has been spotted away from the high end tables honing her craft, playing in shades, and covering up her distinctive curves, so keep your eyes peeled when there’s a lady at the table.
It’s probably only fair to mention that Tilly despite being an award winning actress, a poker force and a true beauty, she’s also a little bit of a cougar as she’s pulled a boyfriend 14 years her junior.
It’s a telling fact the poker player Tilly who, until recently was most famous as an actress, is now a force to be reckoned with in the gaming arena. It’s also very telling that if you type “Jennifer Tilly” in a search engine, the first four images are of her in a poker setting and cinema doesn’t get a look in until frame 6. However in each and every shot Tilly is sporting the sort of low cut dress, that shows a deep cleavage that makes you want to just dive right in and swim to the bottom.
Maybe it’s best that you face her online rather than in the flesh!