The Many Talents of Poker’s Shannan Elizabeth

This actress-slash-poker pro has proven that she has more talents than meets the eye. Shannon Elizabeth is one of the contestants in this season’s installment of Dancing With the Stars on ABC. While her first week on the floor proved a bit rocky, she showed an obvious improvement in week two.

While to the average American, Shannon Elizabeth is best known for her roles in the American Pie movies, this 34-year-old actress has been making a name for herself in the poker scene for the past few years. Calling poker her “second career”, she has placed well at various WSOP events and celebrity tournaments, even winning the First Nicky Hilton New Year’s Eve tournament at Caesar’s, earlier this year.

After her poor performance the first week, many expected her to go home early, however opinions seem to have changed. A few have referred to her as a possible “dark horse” of the competition, so people obviously see potential for further improvement. Her Dancing partner, Derek Hough, has been putting her through some rigorous training that is obviously paying off. Time will tell if this poker-playing actress can add professional dancer to her ever-growing resume.

An amusing thread at 2plus2 has had some interesting names thrown around as potential future contestants on Dancing With The Stars, representing the poker world. Hellmuth, Ivey, and Antonius were mentioned as possibly amusing entries. However, the images that obviously brought a smile to the faces of the posters there were Gabe Kaplan and Chris Ferguson, cutting a rug with the ballroom dance professionals.

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