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Bravo Takes 'Poker Showdown' to New Orleans


To date, Bravo has given more than $2 million to various charities through its series "Celebrity Poker Showdown." The show will add another million to its pot this year -- with all the money going to organizations helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The show will also film its next tournament, scheduled to air later this spring, in New Orleans as part of a partnership with Harrah's Entertainment. Harrah's New Orleans casino, which was used as an operations base following the storm, re-opened last month.

"New Orleans is a city with a heart and soul like no other American city, and being that it is the birthplace of poker, there was no better place to take our show," executive producer Marcia Mule says. "And in the process, to be able to give away a million dollars to help bring back the Big Easy, that's a winning hand."

Phil Hellmuth, a nine-time bracelet winner in the World Series of Poker, is taking over for Phil Gordon as the show's poker expert. Comedian Dave Foley will return as host.

The lineup of celebrities, and the Katrina-related charities they'll play for, will be announced later.

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