Brandi Williams is widely recognized in the poker community as the sexy host of the hit series Ultimate Poker Challenge. Even though she shares co-hosting duties, it is apparent that the camera loves her, as she seems to get more air-time than anyone else.
Brandi Williams grew up in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania and after a stint as a cheerleader for the Arizona Cardinals she moved to Las Vegas in her early twenties. Brandi Williams has worked in television alongside noted personalities Ryan Seacrest, Alan Thicke, and Donny Osmond. Her credits include appearances on Entertainment Tonight, E! Entertainment network, acting as hostess for NYE Live on MSNBC, and for two years acted as a reporter for the morning news show on the station KTLA. She also signed a deal to be the host on LiveVideo.com.
Brandi Williams has been dubbed "The Queen of Hearts" and the "Princess of Poker" by numerous popular gambling magazines. At only 24 years old, she was named ‘One of the 50 Sexiest Women of 2005’ by the long-running Femme Fatales magazine.
In 2004, Brandi Williams helped host America’s Party: New Years Live From Las Vegas, a show to ring in the New Year that featured musical acts and performances. Brandi Williams has had a starring role in her first movie, Pretty Cool Too, where in the tradition of the classic Weird Science, she played a 3D woman acting as a Guidance Navigational Expert in a cell phone that helps a loser guy straighten up his life. She also has several more big-screen roles in the works, including films ‘Glass’, ‘Let’s Ride’, and Tommy Hilfiger’s ‘Rags’.
Brandi Williams got her boost of fame from the series Ultimate Poker Challenge. When the show premiered, it quickly became a hit and eventually went on to become one of the largest poker shows in syndication. The premise of the show is that each week represents a tournament with the players competing for a seat in the semi-finals. The players can qualify based on their points leaderboard for their finishing positions. In the show, Brandi acts as co-host with actor Chad Brown. Brandi Williams provides player interviews and into and out-of commercial breaks. The show has featured big poker names such as Chris Ferguson, Jennifer Harman, and Phil Laak. After four seasons, the show has been a viewer favorite in the ratings.
Cynthia Dawn "Cindy" Margolis is an American glamour spokesmodel and actress. Cindy Margolis was born October 1, 1965 in Los Angeles, California of Jewish heritage. According to an interview in Playboy, Cindy Margolis career began with a business class project on greeting cards at California State University, Northridge, where she produced cards with a photograph of herself wearing lingerie and including her phone number. Her modeling career took off when agents started asking about the woman on the cards. Cindy Margolis has modeled in advertising for companies such as Reebok, Vidal Sassoon, Coors, Frederick's of Hollywood, Hanes, and Sunkist. She was Miss Makita Power Tools 1986 and did appearances at woodworking trade shows.
Cindy Margolis was married to restaurateur Guy Starkman. Following in-vitro fertility treatment, she gave birth to a son Nicholas Isaac in 2002. Twin daughters Sabrina and Sierra were born in 2005 via a surrogate mother. She and Starkman divorced in 2008.
Cindy Margolis first began playing poker when her husband and several of his friends got together for a game. She was inspired by Chris Moneymaker’s big victory at the World Series of Poker and was soon hooked. In 2005, she began hosting World Poker Tour’s online site Chipleaders.com.
By 2006, Poker Royalty signed Cindy up to act as a poker representative for functions and events. She also helped kick-off Phil Hellmuth’s fantasy poker camp ‘Camp Hellmuth’ at the PURE nightclub at Caesar’s Palace. In 2006 Cindy signed agreements to represent the online site Tropical Poker at all press releases, poker events, and appearances that she made. She also launched her own site, CindyPoker.com. Cindy Margolis site boasted a VIP lounge accessible only to members that features exclusive photos of Cindy and poker celebrities at tournaments and events. The VIP Lounge was a unique concept in a sea of copycat poker rooms.
Cindy Margolis has become a recognized poker celebrity. In 2007, Cindy Margolis played on ESPN’s televised Pro-Am Equalizer tournament. The concept of the tournament was that each table featured four professionals and two celebrities. To give the celebrities a better chance, they started with half again more chips than the pros. The event featured players such as Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Chris Ferguson, and Howard Lederer. On the celebrity side, there were names such as Don Cheadle, Shannon Elizabeth, Jose Conseco, and Jennifer Tilly.
Cindy Margolis has played in numerous World Series of Poker events. Cindy Margolis has also hosted several tournaments as well as appeared on the cover of Woman Poker Player magazine. Her popularity has made her a highly sought-after representative for events and tournaments and she makes an ideal choice as the sexy poster girl for the poker industry.
Isabelle Mercier is a professional poker player. Isabelle Mercier was born August 5, 1975 in Victoriaville, Quebec.
Isabelle Mercier originally learned to player poker as a child, but prior to turning to a poker career, she earned an undergraduate law degree from the Université de Montréal and practiced commercial law for six months. Isabelle Mercier then moved to Paris, France and earned a Masters Degree while working as the poker room manager at the Aviation Club de France, before turning to poker full-time. During her time working at the Aviation Club she was nominated for Staff Person of the Year twice at the European Poker Awards.
Isabelle Mercier first made a name for herself by finishing in second place in the $800 No Limit hold 'em tournament at the Masters Classic of Poker 2002 in Amsterdam, where she earned $53,499.
In 2004, Isabelle Mercier won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Ladies' Night tournament to win the $25,000 first prize, where Mike Sexton nicknamed her "No Mercy."
In 2005, Isabelle Mercier finished tenth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo, earning $23,090, and outlasting players such as World Series of Poker (WSOP) runner-up Julian Gardner, WPT multi-tournament winner Gus Hansen, WPT season 2 champion Martin De Knijff and Barny Boatman.
Also in 2005, she had three money finishes at the WSOP. Isabelle Mercier made her first EPT final table in February 2006 in Deauville, finishing seventh at a final table also featuring Ram Vaswani and Kirill Gerasimov.
Isabelle Mercier has her own instructional DVD and appeared in the documentary That's Poker. In January 2008, she released her own biography: Profession : bluffeuse (Profession: Bluffer), in Montreal and printed in France by Flammarion.
A member of the PokerStars online poker cardroom's "Team PokerStars" group of sponsored players, Isabelle Mercier's total live tournament winnings exceed $695,000 as of 2008.
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Team PokerStars profile: Isabelle Mercier
Hendon Mob tournament results: Isabelle Mercier
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