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Player Flushed With Success
Poker has never exactly been sexy. We tend to think of professional
poker players as fat, sweaty, middle-aged men, hunkered down around a
green felt table, enveloped in a haze of acrid cigar smoke. And one
really loud guy in a bolo and cowboy hat there’s always that guy in
the cowboy hat.
Best case scenario: It’s James Bond or the Rat Pack, resplendent in
their tailored tuxedos, sitting around being manfully cool to the
inevitable bevy of adoring, exotic women around them.
Evelyn Ng could be a Bond girl. Or a Bond villain the femme fatale
type who beats him at cards, and then beats the living snot out of him.
Well, beats him at cards, anyway.
Because Evelyn Ng is a professional poker player. Just like those
fat, sweaty men with cigars. Only not.
Glamorously wrapped in a clingy evening gown, an attractive and
imposing 5-foot-11 (that’s without the heels), the 28-year-old Toronto
native pretty much personifies professional poker’s sexy new image.
Sexy, and television friendly. Very friendly. The single
success story of an otherwise abysmal American television season has
been the sudden emergence of professional poker as a popular televised
The World Poker Tour arrives on local airwaves today (4 p.m.
on Citytv with a "Battle Of Champions" for a six-figure cash
The initial season of play that led up to this clash of titans will
air from the very beginning starting next Sunday, also on City,
occupying the same two-hour timeslot.
The World Poker Tour, which is about to begin its second year
as the most popular program on American cable’s Travel Channel, and its
sub-series, like the all-star Hollywood Home Game, have
successfully taken poker out of the cloistered casino card rooms and
into the living rooms of the masses.
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