Cassavetes: Celebs Love High-Stakes Poker But They're Not Very Good

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We suspect Cassavetes is being modest about his poker skill.

Actor and director Nick Cassavetes admitted that he counts himself among the Hollywood celebrities that may have more bankroll than poker skill.

The director of The Notebook and Alpha Dog is known to play in some of the biggest celebrity home games in Los Angeles and said that although he loves playing poker, he knows there's a big difference between home-game players and the pros he's facing at the World Series of Poker.

“We play all the time in Los Angeles. I like the game but it's not my life. There's a giant difference between amateurs and professionals,” Cassavetes told PokerListings in Las Vegas.

“It's an active community in Los Angeles. People like to play and they like to play big and they're not very good, me included.

“It's exclusivity number one, but number two if you're not very good maybe you can use your money against someone else. Maybe that's one of the weapons in their arsenal.

“Nobody thinks they suck. Everyone thinks they're good,” he laughed.

Cassavetes Has Played WSOP Since 2005

Despite ranking himself as a recreational player Cassavetes has had success on the elite live tournament scene. In 2005 he finished in the top 2% of the WSOP Main Event, snagging more than $77k.

“Poker has been a phenomenon,” said Cassavetes. “There's no other sport in the world like it.

“Federer and Djokovic played right? You can't play against him. There's no chance. But you can play against Phil Ivey. You're going to lose 98% of the time but sometimes you'll win and that's what people love.

“Everyone wants to be the best at something and for a minute at the WSOP, if you run good and play good, you can do that.”

Cassavetes played gin, bridge and backgammon until catching the poker bug along with the rest of the world when Chris Moneymaker won the world championship in 2003.

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About Matthew Showell

Matt Showell was born and raised in the fair city of Vancouver, Canada. He now spends the bulk of his time traveling the globe, reporting on the world’s biggest poker tournaments. Matt has lived and breathed poker since the end of high school when he learned the most common variants at home games with his friends. In university he made his living playing low-stakes cash games and multi-table tournaments online while following the professional circuit on television and the Internet and in magazines.

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