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Shannon Elizabeth

  • Born: 1973-09-07, Houston, Texas

    Shannon Elizabeth got into poker for a fundraiser but now she is very well respected at the felt.

  • Even though she’s best known for her acting, Shannon Elizabeth is pretty good at the felt. She’s a frequent player at charity events but not only. In fact, she has accumulated over $200.000 in poker tournaments. She also is an animal activist, entrepreneur, producer, director, etc.

    Shannon Elizabeth Bio

    She was born in Houston, Texas in 1973. At the age of 3 her family moved to Waco, Texas where she spent most of her childhood. In high school she was very keen on playing tennis like poker pros Patrik Antonius and Gus Hansen. However, she let go of the sports dream due to some bad teacher.

    In addition to being a model, actress, poker player she is also an entrepreneur and animal activist. She opened her animal rescue shelter Animal Avengers back in 2001.

    Poker in Shannon’s life came when she was raising money for her charity and had to learn to play for a charity event. Now she says that poker is her second career. She started acting in mid-90’s.

    She made some short appearances in TV Series like Arliss and Hang Time but was soon noticed by Hollywood producers and she got her role most people known her for – Nadia in American Pie. Since then she has made over 40 appearances in the movies, produced, written and directed

    “Shannon Elizabeth - one of the best celebrity poker players”

    Over the years she has shown some outstanding results not only in Hold’em, but Stud, HORSE and Heads-up games. That’s the reason why she is regarded as one of the best celebrity poker player is the world.

    Take a look at her performance at National Heads-Up Championship in 2007 where she finished 3rd for over $125.000. Keep in mind, she had to beat poker pros like Humberto Brenes and Barry Greenstein to reach the semi-finals:

    In 2007 she had a sponsorship with Pokerstars while in 2010 she signed a deal with Carbon Poker. Now she plays much less than a few years ago so she does not represent any of the sites.

    Shannon Elizabeth in Poker

    Shannon Elizabeth plays Charity Poker Tournaments very often. And shows some amazing results. For example, in 2010 he played $5.000 Ante up for Africa Charity Event in WSOP and took 2nd place for over $79.000.

    Shannon Elizabeth also plays serious tournaments like WSOP and recently Hard Rock Poker Open. In fact, her only cash in recent years was in 2013 where she finished in 165th place in $5.300 Championship Event at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. She won $11.635 for her time.

    Shannon Elizabeth’s biggest poker wins:

    • 2013 $5.300 NL Hold’em Championship, Seminole Hard Rock 2013 Poker Open – 165th ($11.635)
    • 2010 $ 250 No Limit Hold'em America's Poker Classic, Los Angeles – 2nd place ($4.415)
    • 2010 $5000 Ante Up For Africa (41st Annual WSOP) 2nd – 79.776
    • 2007 NBC Nation HU Championship – 3rd ($125.000)

    She has won several different invitational events, as well.


    Shannon Elizabeth has already reached her 40’s but she still looks like Nadia for American Pie. But of course it is not the looks that matter. She is really openhearted, generous, animal loving person that many of us could take up as a role model. Even though she plays poker much less than she used to, we look forward to seeing her at the felt.