Tilly says of One Drop, "I personally won't enter. I won't play where the buy-in is more than $25,000. When you bust out of anything higher, you really feel nauseous. $50,000 down the drain? How horrible to lose $1 million."
Non-celeb Allan Demaree, a former Fortune magazine editor turned dedicated poker player, says he will be heading out to Vegas next week. Though the celebrities he hopes to see tend toward such star players as Phil Hellmuth (winner of the most bracelets ever—11), Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson (10 each), Johnny Moss (9), Erik Sedeil and Phil Ivey (8 each), Demaree says he did once run into a genuine Hollywood celebrity.
His encounter was with movie actress and former model Shannon Elizabeth, of "American Pie" fame, who, in 2008, ranked #29 on Maxim magazine's Hot 100 list. She, upon joining Demaree's all-male table, attracted considerable admiration. "Everybody seemed to know who she was, except me," he recalls.
Elizabeth raised, pushing forward her entire stack.
Demaree, whose hand consisted of an unbeatable four 3's, called. The actress threw in her cards, rose angrily, turned on her heel, and left. "I was the most unpopular guy at the table after that."