Bravo's "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will return to television sets across the country this spring with the face of poker pro Phil Hellmuth gracing the screen. A nine-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, Hellmuth is replacing fellow pro Phil Gordon as poker commentator, and will join current co-host, comedian Dave Foley, on the popular television show.
Gordon, who announced his departure from the show earlier this month, is leaving to pursue other poker-related opportunities.
Hellmuth's debut will mark the commencement of the series' newest season in a new city, New Orleans. In support of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and the City of New Orleans, "Celebrity Poker Showdown" is set to film the all-new eighth tournament in the ravaged Louisiana city, and will award $1 million to local charities.
"For the new season of 'Celebrity Poker Showdown' we have decided to take the series in a new direction and we could think of no better way than to support the people of New Orleans," said Frances Berwick, Senior Vice President of Programming and Production for Bravo.
"In Phil Hellmuth we have found an engaging, proven, and renowned poker champion who we are confident will complement Dave Foley's comedic commentary and provide the insight our viewers rely on."
Bravo also announced it will be partnering with Harrah's Entertainment to make Harrah's the new official casino of "Celebrity Poker Showdown." For the all-new season, "Celebrity Poker Showdown" will be filmed at Harrah's New Orleans.
Please see Gordon Leaves "Celebrity Poker Showdown" for further details on Gordon's departure from the Bravo series.