|The line up for the fourth series of Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown tournament has been announced. The first show of the series airs in the US on 10 October, with the basic set up remaining the same. There will be five preliminary rounds, each with five players. The five winners of each round will proceed to the final, with potential winnings of US$250,000. As before all players will be playing for charity, and the version of Poker played is the popular Texas Hold ‘Em.|
Prior contestant Matthew Perry, who appeared in the second series will appear again in the first show of the season. Alongside him in the first show will be Alias star Michael Vartan, Stephen Root of NewsRadio and King of the Hill fame, Christopher Meloni of Law & Order and comic Sarah Silverman.
The next games will feature celebrities such as NBA star Dennis Rodman, Macaulay Culkin, Angela Bassett, Chevy Chase and stars of popular cult show Curb your Enthusiasm, Cheryl Hines and Jeff Garlin. Other sports stars include pro skater Tony Hawk. Well known poker fans Shannon Elizabeth and Dave Navarro will also return to the game. Talkshow host Ricki Lake will also be trying her luck, as will actors Kathy Griffin, Sara Gilbert and Mekhi Phifer. The show has proven to be hugely popular for Bravo, so the trusted formula remains despite the new line up, including the usual hosts Dave Foley and Phil Gordon.