Television show features former Flyers and boxing champions

PHILADELPHIA — Aug. 22, 2019 — After its successful debut at Rivers Casino Pittsburgh, “Poker Night in America Celebrity Home Game” is bringing its television show to Rivers Casino Philadelphia. Former Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion Ray Mercer and former Flyers enforcer Todd Fedoruk are just some of the players who will duke it out during four nights of poker, Aug. 26-29.

Celebrity Home Game is Poker Night’s latest iteration of the successful TV series that now features celebrity sports personalities and legendary Las Vegas comedian Vinnie Favorito will host and play in a No Limit Texas Hold’em cash game.

“These shows are my favorite because it’s so fun to listen to these former athletes tell stories and talk trash,” said Celebrity Home Game show creator Todd Anderson. “It’s more of a long-form interview than a poker show. It’s a chance to get to know who these great athletes really are.”

Favorito is the show’s charismatic host who also enjoys playing in the games. He’s known for his high-profile celebrity roasts of notable athletes, as well as his more-than-20-year career as a headlining comedian in Las Vegas.

Celebrity Home Game will be recorded to air on CBS Sports Network later this year. The preliminary lineups are as follows:

Monday, Aug. 26 – Flyers Night

  • Dave “The Hammer” Schultz – 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, Flyers HOF
  • Todd Fedoruk – 9-year NHL career with 6 teams (Flyers, 2000-04 and 2006-07)
  • Riley Cote – 4-year NHL career (Flyers, 2007-10)
  • Daniel Carcillo – 2-time Stanley Cup Champion with Chicago (Flyers, 2008-11)
  • Arron Asham – 15-year NHL career with 6 teams (Flyers 2008-10)

Tuesday, Aug. 27 – NHL Night

  • Dave “The Hammer” Schultz – 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, Flyers HOF
  • Chris Therien – 12-year NHL career, 10 with Flyers; current Philly broadcaster
  • Dave Hanson – starred in the movie “Slap Shot,” former NHL player
  • Christian Hanson – 3-year NHL career with Toronto
  • Ric Nattress – 11-year NHL career with 5 teams (Flyers 1992-93)

Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Wrestler’s Night

  • PJ Black – AKA Darewolf
  • Jack Swagger – AKA Jake Strong
  • Chavo Guerrero – AKA Lieutenant Loco
  • Pat Tanaka – tag team member of The Orient Express

Thursday, Aug. 29 – Boxer’s Night

  • Ray Mercer – Olympic gold medalist and former heavyweight champion
  • Lamon Brewster – former heavyweight champion
  • Tim Witherspoon – 2-time former heavyweight champion
  • Al Cole – former cruiserweight champion
  • Bobby Czyz – former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion




Located along the Delaware Riverfront in Philadelphia, Rivers Casino Philadelphia features 1,755 slots, 105 table games, 62 hybrid gaming seats, a 28-table poker room and a designated Sportsbook area for live sports betting. The casino offers eight distinctive restaurants and bars — among them are Hugo’s Frog Bar & Chop House, Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, Saxbys and Geno’s Steaks — riverfront views, live performances in The Event Center, free parking, and promotions and giveaways daily. Rivers, which opened in 2010, employs approximately 1,600 Team Members and has been voted a great place to work in Philadelphia. Rivers Casino Philadelphia is owned and operated by Rush Street Gaming and its affiliates. For more information, visit RiversCasino.com.



Jeff Shurilla

For Rivers Casino Philadelphia

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