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Jennifer Tilly

On the screen, Tilly excels at playing the bubbleheaded girlfriend. At the poker table, however, she gets to show just how smart she is.

Perhaps she picked up some tips from boyfriend and poker pro Phil Laak. In 2005, Tilly outlasted 600 other players in the $1,000 Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold 'em event and won $158,625. Enamored of the game, she announced her retirement from acting to pursue poker.

But in 2008, she reversed herself, writing in Bluff magazine: "I love poker, but greatness in poker is an elusive dream. There are too many variants. Trying to find validation in poker is like trying to find a virgin in a whorehouse. I'm not giving up poker entirely -- gambling is an addiction after all. I'm just going to treat it more like a hobby and less like a career."

By 2010, she was back at the table, with winnings exceeding $660,000.

Ben Affleck

Affleck was the first celebrity to win a major open poker tournament.

Last year, he outlasted 90 players to capture the California State Poker Championship and pick up $356,400.

Shannon Elizabeth

Elizabeth, best known for her role in "American Pie," turned heads at the 2007 NBC National Heads-Up Championship, when she came in fourth and beat some of the best players in the world.

Elizabeth has described poker as her "second career," visiting Las Vegas up to three times a month to play against some of the top poker players in the country.

James Woods

As with his acting career, Woods has had mixed success with poker.

In 2006, the actor finished in 24th place out of 692 at the L.A. Poker Classic, taking home $40,000. He also plays for charity for the American Stroke Association.

Woods has a contract with a poker website, Hollywood Poker, where he's known as "The Shark" and hosts online poker games, along with actor Vince Van Patten.

According to the site, "You'll never know which Hollywood Celebrity you might find yourself playing with at Hollywood Poker because James Woods and Vince Van Patten have both invited their entourage of celebrity poker friends to play online poker with you!"

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