Jennifer’s Fantasy Poker Tour, Part II

by Jennifer on June 11, 2008

Yesterday , I promised you a look at the list of players I would choose for my fantasy poker table. If you click on the image below, you’ll get a better look at it (you’ll want one). In fact, when you get to the image on Photobucket, you can click it once more for the largest possible image.

Then come back here, and I’ll tell you my reasons for choosing each of them. Though, really, they hardly need explaining. (My only technical requirement was that they already know how to play poker.)

All photos borrowed from Google Images

The Lineup, by seat #


1. Kenna James , professional poker player. He may look all serious in this photo, but at the table he can be very funny. Also, he has the whole soft-lipped, twinkly-eye, cowboy thing going for him.

2. Lucky, lucky me.

3. Ah, George– How could I not include him? I was torn between sitting next to him (where he might totally on purpose accidentally brush up against my knee with his hand, or whisper a joke to me right against my ear, so quiet that only I could hear, and then we would laugh, all conspiratorially) and sitting across from him (so that I could stare at him). Tough call, but you can see the one I made.

4. Matt –He’s got that whole Sexiest Man Alive thing going, just like his friend George. I wanted the two of them on one side, making me laugh and want to kiss them , and then Kenna James on the other side, also making me laugh.

5. Oh, Sam. Just damn .

6. Robert , the hands-down frontrunner in number of appearances in my dreams.

7. James Woods –he’s smart and a solid poker player. He could hold his own in this group, too.

8. James Gandolfini –I have a bit of a thing for him as Tony Soprano. I know I’m not alone in this. Besides, do you want to be the one to tell him he can’t join my little poker game? Didn’t think so.

9. Doyle Brunson , the poker legend. This table wouldn’t be complete without him. I’ve purposely put both him and Kenna James on my right, which is just smart poker strategy.

Many poker tournaments are played with 10 players at a table, and I’ve only got nine. There’s a reason for that.

I’ve left room for Holly from June Cleaver Nirvana , who is welcome at any poker table of mine, anytime. Holly, there’s room to pull up a chair, and you can sit anywhere you want.

As long as you’re not between George and me.

One last thing…

I was able to locate ESPN’s 4 seconds of me in their coverage of the 2005 World Series of Poker. I can’t believe I’m posting it, for a couple of reasons…

1. I’m wearing a straw cowboy hat, that first day. Since then, I have not once worn that hat again to play poker. And I never wear sunglasses when I play anymore. What was I thinking? (Also, what’s with my hair?)

2. The cameraman got a fine look at, um, the girls as I was leaning over to rake in a pile of chips. Well done, sir. The girls may be the only reason I made the broadcast. If you must watch it, the clip that I’m in starts at 9:18. (Edited: You don’t need to watch the whole thing– just fast-forward to that point, unless you want to watch the entire 10 minutes of poker.) My hands show up at 9:33, and the rest of me follows. (File this under things I will regret posting.) But as my BFF Madge pointed out, this is a great way to put to rest any lingering doubts about The Man Photo.

You’re allowed to mock. I’m cool with it.

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Madge June 11, 2008 at 3:56 am

wait… am I the first one here? probably not, but I’ll pretend I am. great table. why don’t I know how to play poker? If these are the people showing up…

of course I don’t want to fight Holly for it — you two go ahead — I’ll be standing by to comfort these poor guys as they walk away from the table, or fold, or whatever the hell it’s called in poker when you stop playing…..

Madges last blog post..A Birthday Poem

Daryl June 11, 2008 at 5:55 am

Definitely not a man.

Ahh … Clooney … Damon … Sam … Gandolfini … fine choices all …


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brenda June 11, 2008 at 5:57 am

Is this also your Secret Boyfriend list?

It was really nice of you to let Holly join. Imagine the rest of us hearing the tale from BOTH your viewpoints! Then Madge on the side cheering. Too much fun!

I must say I’ve never seen you looking exactly like you did in that clip. Must have been the poker adrenaline. (Or whatever you poker people would call that.)

Mrs. Chili June 11, 2008 at 6:13 am

I have NO idea why Sam Elliot appeals to me so much – he’s old enough to be my frickin’ GRANDFATHER – but I’m right there with you… DAMN!

Mrs. Chilis last blog post..Family of Origin

melissa June 11, 2008 at 6:27 am

You play poker! That still freaks me out for some reason. It’s so…edgy….daring…western-girl-rebel-cool. Anyway, if George can’t make your poker game, it’s because (regrettably), he’s stuck in Italy at the villa with me;)

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HRH June 11, 2008 at 6:35 am

Yeah! Thanks for the seat…

I am pulling up my chair between James G. and Texas Dolly.

No matter what you are wearing, pulling in chips is HOT.

Make it happen Mr. H! Make it happen…

HRHs last blog post..5 years at the speed of light…

catnip June 11, 2008 at 7:27 am

Nice table πŸ™‚ I’m guessing you’re a fan of Ocean’s Eleven. Mmmmm.

catnips last blog post..a little interruption

cce June 11, 2008 at 7:56 am

Okay, so you’ve appeared at the World Series of Poker? I so have a girl crush on you and, yes, I think that shot was definitely featuring “the girls” but hey, it probably works for you as a great distraction at the table…I’m sure George and Matt and company would be just a little less intent on the cards, more apt to make a mistake while you reach down and gather your winnings towards your ample chest. LOL.

cces last blog post..Nowhere to go but up…

Lisa Milton June 11, 2008 at 9:07 am

Mocking? There will be no mocking. You kick ass.

Ann June 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

What’s to mock? You saucy minx, you.

Gawd, sit me with George, Sam, Matt – call it a life.

Anns last blog post..Dear Chocolate, It’s Me

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

Madge–You know there’s room for you, too. (I’ll kick James Woods to the curb if I have to. Sorry, James.) And I’ll spend hours and days teaching you to play if I have to. Or, you could watch ESPN, which might be easier. (Plus, you need to learn to play someday, so we can take the shuttle bus to the casino every day from our assisted living facility.)

Daryl–It is a good group, isn’t it? Can you imagine?

Brenda–It’s a good cross-section of my Secret Boyfriend list. There are others, though. πŸ™‚ And I probably haven’t ever looked quite like that any other time!

Mrs. Chili–He’s just got it, I tell ya.

Melissa–I was worried about the scheduling, unsure whether he would be with you, or not. Damn. Ah well. Oh, I know! How about it we play at the villa? (I’m a resourceful girl!) Also, I’ll take western-girl-rebel-cool any day! Thanks!

Holly–Excellent seating choice. I had a feeling you would pick that spot, or maybe between George and Matt.

Catnip–Mmmmm, indeed.

CCE–I did purposely wear something lower than I normally would, and I can’t say that it didn’t help. A few of them didn’t see it coming when I took their chips.

Lisa–Thank you! I did that day, for sure.

Ann–I’ve been waiting my whole life to be called a saucy minx. Seriously, who are these women who get to eat breakfast with George and Sam and the rest? I missed out on that gig.

Suzanne June 11, 2008 at 9:30 am

I’m just amazed that you were playing in the tournament, I’ve never played poker in my life, so I’m just impressed!

Suzannes last blog post..The Glass Mystery – Chapter 22: Lake Tahoe

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 9:32 am

Suzanne–If you’re moving out West, you should learn to play. Lots of long winter days to fill. Unless, of course, you rope yourself a cowboy, and you’ll have that covered. πŸ˜‰

Dharmamama June 11, 2008 at 11:06 am

Oh, yeah, the girls got you that shot, definitely. Or it might have been that oh-so-girly bracelet-laden arm and long nails rakin’ in the chips. That kinda turned me on, I admit.

I thought I was going to be hearing blah-blah-blah as you talked about professional poker players you’d want at your table – but nope! Perked right up when I saw the Jameses, and George. I’ll mix the drinks, OK?

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 11:29 am

Dharmamama–So funny! Yep, I’m all about smart, hot, funny eye-candy when it comes to my dream table.

(And, yes, you can definitely mix the drinks. See if you can get George drunk for me.)

we_be_toys June 11, 2008 at 11:35 am

You definitely need a personal bartender to work some kind of mojo on these guys, so they fall into your lap – one at a time, of course (of course? Jennifer?)

Makes me think I should take up playing poker!

we_be_toyss last blog post..Home is where your heart is

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 11:38 am

we be toys–Oh, yes. Yes you should. You get to hang out with a table of usually just men (though a few women, too, part of the time. Honestly, I like it better when it’s a table of men, and would never want to play an all-women’s tournament.).

I like how you think re: liquorin’ up the men!

Candy June 11, 2008 at 1:03 pm

So when I go to bed tonight, will it be ok with you if, in my fantasies, I remove you and insert self at that table. Sitting at the left hand of George of course. Sigh….

Candys last blog post..Talk About Leaving You Hanging…

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 1:28 pm

Candy, I learned enough about PhotoShop this week that I could make you your own dream table. πŸ™‚ But for now, I’m happy to let you borrow mine. I’ll hang out with Sam while you’re flirting wildly with George.

Sandy (Momisodes) June 11, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Mocking? You kick a$$! Plus, I’m having a bit of rack envy at the moment.

I personally would have made myself a Matt and George sandwich at that table πŸ˜‰

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Jan June 11, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Look at you, rakin’ in the chips!!

You should take it as a great compliment that I sat through nearly 10 minutes of Phil Helmuth to see you. I simply cannot STAND the man – the only other player that makes me want to barf more is Mike Matusow.

I’d most definitely have Doyle at my table, too, along with Daniel Negreanu (he’s just cuter than a bug’s ear) and Scotty Ngyuen, just so he could call me “baby.”

Jans last blog post..And the Search Is On…

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm

Sandy–I was tempted to make that lil sandwich. πŸ™‚

Jan–Oh honey. I tried to save you from that terrible fate by posting the start time of my clip! You may never recover. Mike Matusow is crazy, but sometimes entertaining to watch. Such a big baby, though.

I love Daniel Negreanu, too. And we share the same favorite hand. 100 bonus points if you know what it is. But you’re already cool in my book.

P.S. My husband has played with Scotty Nguyen in Vegas. Baby. πŸ™‚ I’m jealous.

david mcmahon June 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Mr. H, mate, the pressure’s well and truly on you.

Jennifer – this is your poker face, er phase!

Jan June 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Does everyone keep their clothes on in this poker match?

Jans last blog post..Sale at Craigslist today

Mrs. G. June 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm

If this game ever comes to be, please save me a seat next to Sam Elliot-I’ll even sit on the floor.

Mrs. G.s last blog post..This, That and the Other

Jennifer Harvey June 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm

David–funny! And I don’t ask much, do I? I’ve set the bar pretty high here.

Jan–Yes. Darn it.

Mrs. G–I think you’d be more comfortable on his lap. πŸ˜‰

Lisa June 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm

Could you honestly focus with all those hotties πŸ™‚
I’d like to be the dealer (i’ll stack the deck for ya, promise!)

Lisas last blog post..Do I lose my girl card for this one?

Rhea June 11, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Oh, wow, that’s a great choice. You made some niiiiiice choices. Great post!

Rheas last blog post..Texas Word Tangle Summer Giveaway

Jenn @ Juggling Life June 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

I love that they led into your appearance with an ad for Levitra! You definitely looked like a poker player! I don’t play poker, but I’ll be the cocktail waitress at your little poker party!

Jenn @ Juggling Lifes last blog post..Jacaranda

Jules~ June 11, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Sam Elliott….I completely agree. For him…age does not matter to me one bit.
And look at you! You are famous!

Jules~s last blog post..Strike Two…..

Kellan June 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

What a cute post – love your choices of men players and the fact that Robert Redford was one of your choices!

Loved seeing you in the video – you are a Super-Star – so cute!!

Haven’t seen you lately – I’ve missed you – take care – Kellan

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Kellan June 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Oh, yes – and Sam – *sign*

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Kellan June 11, 2008 at 10:46 pm

I meant *sigh* (I always do that!)

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JCK June 11, 2008 at 10:48 pm

The girls are lookin’ good, girlfriend. And look at those nails! I also would like to mention that you are the only one SWEEPING chips toward yourself. I’m not a poker player, but isn’t this a good thing?

Sam Elliott. Always. Remember that movie “Lifeguard” ?

OK, Holly gets all the luck sitting in with you and the hotties. How about if I get a chair in between Robert & Sam. Not to play, but to offer…encouragement.

JCKs last blog post..The summertime vibe is in the air

Razor Family Farms June 11, 2008 at 11:07 pm

I’m so envious! I haven’t played poker since my college days and was lousy at it. I never played naughty poker though. Really! Did you know that there was a whole game show/dating show where people played naughty poker? Wild!


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Jan June 12, 2008 at 4:38 am

10 – 7 off suit!

We watch and play a ridiculous amount of poker in our house.

Jennifer Harvey June 12, 2008 at 8:47 am

Jan, I think I love you!

whodatdare June 12, 2008 at 11:59 am

T 7 sooted is Daniel’s favorite hand. I guess it’s yours too? Ship the 100 bonus points πŸ˜‰
Wise choice having both Kenna and Doyle to your immediate right.

Jennifer Harvey June 12, 2008 at 12:20 pm

And I prefer it in spades. Clubs would be my second choice. Well done!

whodatdare June 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

Have you written anything about playing in the Main Event? I guess I could actually search therought hte archives πŸ™‚

whodatdares last blog post..Rack ‘Em Up!

Jennifer Harvey June 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

It’s the post previous to this one, and I’ve linked it in the first paragraph where it says “Yesterday.” It was a lot of fun.

whodatdare June 12, 2008 at 12:50 pm

OK, duh, I read part 1.

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