Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Jennifer Tilly: Poker Champion

Jennifer Tilly, an actress I’ve always really liked despite her ditzy demeanor, just won the World Series of Poker Women’s No Limit Hold Em tournament. She’s the girlfriend of Phil (the Unibomber) Laak, a World Poker Tour champion, and obviously he’s taught her a thing or two about the game. Just the day before, Laak finished second to the immortal Johnny Chan, who won a record 10th World Series of Poker bracelet in the $2500 Pot Limit Hold Em event.


  1. #1 Chris Berez
    June 29, 2005

    I know next to nothing about Poker, but seeing that item in the paper this morning made me happy, too. I also like Jennifer Tilly. She’s quite a good actress, and more importantly, really funny. Her performances in the last two Chucky movies had me on the floor.

  2. #2 Dave S.
    June 29, 2005

    First Affleck and now Tilly … is there nothing Hollywood actors can’t do?? *L*

    Anyway, what’s up with the nickname “Unibomber”?

  3. #3 Ed Brayton
    June 29, 2005

    Dave S wrote:

    Anyway, what’s up with the nickname “Unibomber”?

    Laak is kind of an eccentric character and he likes to wear a hooded sweatshirt when he plays poker. And sometimes when someone is trying to get a read on him, he’ll pull the hood over his head and tighten the drawstrings up so you can see his face, so it looks kinda like the famous sketch of the unibomber. Frankly, I think it looks more like one of the South Park kids myself.

  4. #4 Dave S.
    June 29, 2005

    Oh yeah, I remember that Weird Al Yankovic-esque picture of the bomber.

    Good on Jennifer. She does give the impression of being a bit of a ditz, but clearly she has a brain in that pretty head.

  5. #5 carpundit
    June 30, 2005

    Well, I sure couldn’t play against her. I absolutely wouldn’t be able to concentrate.

  6. #6 TRDM
    July 5, 2005

    A womens only poker tournament is total bu11sh*t. There is no physical advantage for men in poker, women can compete in all poker tournaments with the men, so why on earth is there a womens only poker championship? Sexism to the extreme.

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