Jennifer Tilly is one of the most popular celebrity poker players, who balances being a professional poker player with an acting career. An Academy Award nominated actress, she has played key roles in movies like Bride of Chucky, Liar Liar and The Getaway. As a professional poker player, her career prize money is $900,000 according to the Hendon Mob and includes a World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Tilly’s best performance was in when she was the Ladies Championship.
Despite her fairly extensive film and television work, Tilly has made a name for herself on the poker circuit. Her win in the Ladies Championship sparked an interest in the game among women and the attendance for the Ladies Event in WSOP doubled thereafter. Personal commitments had kept her away from playing poker regularly in the past, but she intends to get back into the game in a big way.
Back in 2015, Tilly participated in the Super High Roller cash game for the first time, playing amongst top poker pros such as Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, and Johnny Chan. She said that although she was intimidated, she enjoyed the challenge. This year, she and her poker pro partner Phil Laak are planning to be in Las Vegas for the entire WSOP season.
Laying out her poker goals for the near future, she said that she wants to improve her ranking on Hendon Mob list, improve her playing statistics and expand her appearances on poker TV shows.
In a statement, Tilly said,
I am very honored to be considered for the Women’s Hall of Fame this year. It is a very important organization, and the women previously inducted have all contributed greatly to promoting the game of poker. The women nominated in my category are all women I look up to, and pioneers in their field. It’s a great feeling to be on a list with all these amazing ladies!
In terms of poker television, Tilly has so far been featured regularly on the TV show Poker Night in America. Tilly likens the show’s atmosphere to that of home poker games with a lot banter and fun amidst the games. The show features a mix of poker pros and local high rollers, which makes for an interesting combination. Tilly is being considered as a nominee for the Women in Poker Hall of Fame this year. She said that she was honored being chosen as a nominee for the Hall of Fame.