James Woods Takes on the Pros in GSN's New POKER ROYALE Series 'THE JAMES WOODS GANG VS. THE UNABOMBERS'
New Series Features Woods and Poker Pro Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak Premiering
on GSN Friday, October 7 at 10PM ET/PT With Back-To-Back Hour Episodes
Other Players Include Jennifer Tilly, Ted Forrest, Danny Masterson
and Cyndy Violette
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 21 -- It's an old-fashioned
"choose up sides" poker showdown between Hollywood superstar James Woods' team
and poker pro Phil Laak's team in THE JAMES WOODS GANG VS. THE UNABOMBERS IN
POKER ROYALE. Premiering on Friday, October 7 at 10:00PM ET/PT, poker
enthusiasts will now be able to enjoy two hours of the best poker players in
action every Friday night on GSN.
In THE JAMES WOODS GANG VS. THE UNABOMBERS IN POKER ROYALE, veteran actor
James Woods ("Pretty Persuasion," "Rudy," "Casino") and Phil "The Unabomber"
Laak (placed 1st in the 2004 World Poker Tour Main Event and host of E!'s
Hollywood Hold 'Em) choose their own teams to battle it out over seven
Filmed at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, the series
features a prize-pot topping $75,000 and bragging rights as to who captained
the best team.
On Woods' team are Kathy Liebert (ranked in the top 20 players of all
time, winner of POKER ROYALE: BATTLE OF THE SEXES), Bob Goen (Entertainment
Tonight), Ted Forrest (five World Series of Poker bracelets), Susie Isaacs
(two World Series of Poker bracelets) and Nicole Sullivan (Mad TV, The King of
Playing for the Unabombers are Jennifer Tilly (2005 WSOP Women's Final
Table bracelet winner), Cyndy Violette (1st Place 2004 World Series of Poker
Seven Card Stud), Danny Masterson (That 70's Show), Hassan Habib (2nd Place
2004 World Poker Tour Championship) and Gail O'Grady (NYPD Blue, American
In recent years Woods has taken the world of poker by storm, and is a
force to be reckoned with not only on the big screen. He plays regularly in
Hollywood home games and has respect among his poker peers.
Laak is known on the poker circuit as "The Unabomber" for playing in
hooded sweatshirts and sunglasses. He is one of the most animated players at
the table, jumping around and kneeling beside the dealer while waiting for the
river. He coined the term "I felted him" -- leaving the last person at the
table with just the felt in front of them and recently finished second in the
2005 World Series of Poker Pot Limit Hold'Em event.
Returning as host is John Ahlers with sideline reporter Lisa Dergan.
Providing expert analysis is professional poker player Robert Williamson III.
The team captains decide which players participate in each match at the
coveted final table. All players play a minimum of three games, earning
points based on where they finish, hoping to bluff, call and check their
fearless challengers. First place in each match earns ten points, second
place receives eight points, third place is six points, fourth place is four
points, fifth place receives two points. The team with the highest points
from the qualifying matches has a chip count advantage going into the finale.
THE JAMES WOODS GANG VS. THE UNABOMBERS IN POKER ROYALE is part of GSN's
poker franchise POKER ROYALE. The series airs every Friday at 10:00PM as part
of GSN's Casino Night and has included COMEDIANS VS. PROS, YOUNG BLOODS
SPECIAL (LIVE), CELEBRITIES VS. PROS, BATTLE OF THE SEXES and THE WPPA
POKER ROYALE is produced by Jeff Mirkin Productions in association with
ArmFitz Productions. Maureen FitzPatrick, Jeff Mirkin and John Faratzis serve
as executive producers.
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