From ER to Harrah’s – Tiffany Michelle bio
She may only be 26, but the gorgeous Tiffany Michelle has a C.V. that outshines most people. Beauty pageant winner, actress, journalist, poker player – Michelle epitomises the word ‘diversity’.
Although Michelle must add to her impressive 17th place in the 2008 WSOP Main Event if she is to establish herself as a world-class poker player, her bubbly personality has already endeared herself to most poker fans.
Born and raised in L.A, Tiffany Michelle began her career in the performing arts. She excelled as a singer/songwriter, orator, actress and beauty pageant queen, and after studying Film and Television at UCLA, she featured in hit medical drama ER. ER was, of course, where Hollywood mega-star George Clooney first gained recognition
She first dabbled in poker back in 2005, when she accompanied several Hollywood actors to home games and charity events. By turning to poker, she follows in the footsteps of Hollywood stars Toby Maguire, Ben Affleck and Don Cheadle, the latter of which headlines the PokerStars ‘Ante up for Africa’ campaign. Michelle always had an interest in card games, growing up playing 5-card draw with her grandfather and brothers.
As a refreshing, glamorous face, she was introduced into poker journalism. Michelle joined Bluff Magazine’s 2006 WSOP coverage, where she earned the affectionate nickname ‘Hot Chips’, and briefly worked with Hollywood Poker before the change in US, online poker legislation.
Tiffany then moved over to Pokernews.com, featuring as a presenter / interviewer. Having won her first ever tournament at Harrah’s – a small buy-in event for $2,000, Michelle made her major playing breakthrough in 2008. She finished 17th in the WSOP Main Event for a handsome $334,534 payday, narrowly missing out on the ‘November Nine’ final table.
Tiffany exited in unfortunate circumstances, at the hands of overall winner Peter Eastgate. The savvy young Dane disguised his As Ah well on a 10h 9c Ad flop, flat calling Dennis Phillips (Jc 10d) bet of 1 million. In somewhat of a cooler, Michelle (Ac Jd) was obliged to go all-in for 2.5 million holding top pair decent kicker, and Eastgate made the easy call to send her to the rail. Despite her exit, Michelle was heralded for her near faultless play throughout the event.
A pretty face at the table, some of the alpha male poker players at the table were no doubt intimidated by her presence. When asked about the relationship between male and female poker players, Tiffany Michelle responded, ‘guys tend to be macho, competitive and have a lot of ego so they hate to lose but there’s something about losing to or being outwitted by a GIRL is that much more of a 'blow’. But when she does outfox them, she claims the feeling is even sweeter.
Michelle hasn’t really capitalised on her WSOP glory, with a 46th place finish at the WPT Borgata for $15k her only significant cash. But, as a talented actress, musician and presenter, she has to juggle several professions. This hasn’t stopped her securing a spot on the UB Poker professional roster alongside friend and co-star in The Amazing Race reality show Maria Ho (picture below).
Michelle describes herself as a ‘creative’, and her idols include comedian Eddie Izzard, and director Steven Spielberg. She cites discipline and patience as the key virtues of a good poker player, and her ambition is to have her own production company. Whether its on the big screen or green felt, you can be sure you’ll be seeing more of Tiffany Michelle.
Tiffany Michelle recently joined the UB Poker professional roster, as the site continues to add more poker celebrities to their sponsored pros.
As well as long-standing ambassador Phil Hellmuth, Tiffany joins fellow The Amazing Race star Maria Ho and Celebrity Apprentice contestant Annie Duke on the UB line-up.
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