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Thursday, September 29, 2005

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Wearing a tank top that read, "My boyfriend can kick your ass," actress Jennifer Tilly was just another poker fan that night, watching along with the crowd as her significant other, Phil "The Unabomber" Laak, beat the stuffing out of a "poker robot" programmed to play a strangely human-like game.

Observers who know Tilly from her roles in "Liar, Liar" and "Bullets Over Broadway" would have had a hard time figuring out who was the celebrity that night.

She was largely left alone by a crowd that was glued to a nearby plasma screen showing computerized poker hands. A few men ventured toward Tilly shyly, asking her to sign a recently published photo of herself in a poker magazine.

Tilly is part of a growing number of celebrities who are drawn to poker as a way of escaping from their closely watched, over-scheduled lives.

Known for playing dim-witted wives and girlfriends, Tilly also has her own reasons for becoming skilled at no-limit hold 'em -- called the "Cadillac" of poker games and the most difficult and complex game in a casino.

"People think celebrities are not very smart," Tilly said between fast-moving poker hands. "These guys are really smart."

Out of character, her high-pitched "little girl" voice has a deeper, more contemplative tone.

Tilly became the first woman in this year's World Series of Poker tournament to win a "bracelet" -- the coveted gold jewelry given to each winner of each individual poker event held over the multiweek tournament ended July 16. Tilly, who beat hundreds of top players in a women's tourney, also made poker history last month by becoming the first celebrity to win a World Series bracelet.