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Vince Van Patten in 2019
BornOctober 17, 1957 (age 63)
OccupationActor, tennis player, commentator
Years active1970–present
(m. 1989; div. 2001)​

(m. 2003)​
Tennis career
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Turned pro1978
Prize money$433,522
Career record109–116
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 26 (November 2, 1981)
Grand Slam Singles results
French Open1R (1981, 1985)
Wimbledon3R (1985)
US Open3R (1982, 1983)
Career record43–72
Career titles1
Highest rankingNo. 24 (September 15, 1986)
Grand Slam Doubles results
French OpenQF (1981)
Wimbledon3R (1984)

Learn from Vince Van Patten's decades of poker expertise and become a poker expert! For the past 18 seasons, Vince Van Patten has been the co-host of the World Poker Tour. After having kicked off the inaugural WPT season in 2002 with Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, the.

Vincent Van Patten (born October 17, 1957) is an American actor, former professional tennis player, and the commentator for the World Poker Tour.

Personal life[edit]

Has Van Patten never seen a cash poker game or is the intention to give the TV fans that all-in moment? There's some banter, etc and then a top player raises from early position to two thousand. There's a LP caller with 43s (we know everyone’s hole cards on all these hands) and Our Hero calls on the button with 22. My father, Dick Van Patten, an actor, but a true gambler taught me how to play poker and handicap the racing form at the tender age of eight. He knew I had 'the bug,' like he did, and it was better to teach me properly than to see me burn money in the future.

Van Patten was born in Bellerose, New York, as the youngest son of actor Dick Van Patten and his wife, Pat (née Poole), a former June Taylor dancer. He is of Dutch, English, and Italian descent.[citation needed] He was first urged into show business at age nine by his father's agent. He appeared in more than thirty commercials, including Colgate toothpaste, before his father was cast in the TV series, Arnie, and moved his family from Long Island to Los Angeles.[citation needed]

From his first marriage to Betsy Russell he has two sons: Richard and Vince. His second marriage, on April 15, 2003, was to The Young and the Restless actress Eileen Davidson; they have one child together.[1]

Vince is related to several other well-known actors, actresses, and singers through blood and by marriage. Vince is a brother of James and Nels Van Patten, a nephew of Joyce Van Patten and Timothy Van Patten, and a cousin of Talia Balsam.[1]



As a child actor during the 1970s, Van Patten guest-starred in over three dozen classic television series, including Bonanza, The High Chaparral, Medical Center, Adam-12, The Courtship of Eddie's Father, Wonder Woman, and a variety of television movies. He also had roles in the films Charley and the Angel (1973) and Chino (1973).[1] At age 16, he was cast in Apple's Way, a CBS drama series, in which he played the son of an architect who leaves the big city to rear his family in rural and fictional Appleton, Iowa.[1]

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In the fall of 1975, at age 18, he appeared as John Karras in a 12-week CBS drama series Three for the Road. The story line is that of a father and two sons, grief-stricken over the death of their wife and mother, who sell their house, buy a recreational vehicle, and roam throughout the United States.[2]

Three years later, he co-starred in The Bionic Boy, a two-hour ABC attempted spinoff of the popular Lee Majors vehicle The Six Million Dollar Man, that never went to series. In 1978, he starred in the cult film classic Rock 'n' Roll High School. He starred in several other films in the 1970s and 1980s, including the 1979 action thriller Survival Run (aka Spree), Yesterday (1981) as a Vietnam war veteran, the slasher film Hell Night (1981), Gidget's Summer Reunion (1985), The Dirty Dozen: The Deadly Mission (1987), and Camp Fear (1991). He wrote, produced, and starred in The Break (1995), distributed by Lions Gate with Martin Sheen.[1] Van Patten co-wrote and produced 7 Days to Vegas (2019), based on a true story, about a bet he made in 1995 that he could walk to Las Vegas, NV from Los Angeles, CA (280 miles), in seven days.[3]


Van Patten was also a professional tourtennis player who in 1979 was awarded the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Rookie of the Year award. The highlight of his career came in 1981 when he defeated John McEnroe and two other top ten world ranked pros to win the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament in Tokyo. His career high ranking in singles was World No. 26, reached on February 11, 1982.[citation needed]

In singles, Van Patten reached the third round of the US Open twice, in 1982 and 1983, and Wimbledon once, in 1985. In doubles his best Grand Slam event result was reaching the quarter-finals of the French Open in 1981, partnering with Mel Purcell. His highest doubles ranking was World No. 24, reached in September 1986.[citation needed]

Tennis Grand Prix Championship Series finals[edit]

Singles (1 title)[edit]

Win1–01981Tokyo, JapanCarpetMark Edmondson6–2, 3–6, 6–3


Van Patten learned to play poker from his father, actor Dick Van Patten, at age 14.

In the 1990s, Vince Van Patten put together his own Hollywood home game with famous regulars like Ben Affleck or Tobey Maguire.[4]


He finished in the money at the 2010 World Series of Poker main event. He finished 481st in a pool of 7,319 entrants and received winnings totaling $27,519. (This amount was awarded to finishers 460th thru 531st.)[5]

He is a commentator on World Poker Tour since 2003. The first four seasons were broadcast on Travel Channel; seasons five and six on Game Show Network, and, from the seventh through to the current season, it now airs on Fox Sports Networks.[6]

With Robert J Randisi, he wrote The Picasso Flop, a novel about Vegas poker.[7]

As of September 2020, Van Patten has $104,383 in live tournament earnings from seven events.[8]


  1. ^ abcdeVincent Van Patten on IMDb
  2. ^'Three for the Road'. IMDb. Retrieved March 16, 2011.
  3. ^Fessier, Bruce. 'Vince Van Patten accepted a bet to walk from L.A. to Vegas. Then he made a movie about it'. The Desert Sun. Palm Springs.
  4. ^'Vincent Van Patten's Life: Biggest Profits, Losses and Net Worth'. Somuchpoker. July 31, 2020. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  5. ^'Event #57: No-Limit Hold'em Championship'. World Series of Poker. November 9, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  6. ^Profile,; accessed March 2, 2016.
  7. ^Van Patten, Vince; Randisi, Robert J. (February 21, 2007). The Picasso Flop. Grand Central. ISBN978-0759517073. Retrieved December 6, 2020.
  8. ^'Vince van Patten's profile on The Hendon Mob'. The Hendon Mob Poker Database. Retrieved September 21, 2020.


  • Holmstrom, John (January 1, 1999). The Moving Picture Boy: An International Encyclopaedia from 1895 to 1995 (second ed.). Norwich: Michael Russell. p. 319. ISBN978-0859551786.

External links[edit]

  • Vincent Van Patten at the Association of Tennis Professionals
  • Vincent Van Patten at the International Tennis Federation
  • Vincent Van Patten on IMDb
  • Van Patten profile,

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Orchestrated by Portia de Rossi

This past Sunday, comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres celebrated her 62nd birthday with a poker lesson from the World Poker Tour television announcer, Vince Van Patten.

In an interview with, Van Patten said actress Portia de Rossi, DeGeneres’s wife, was behind the get-together. She contacted Van Patten asking him if he would surprise her wife with a poker lesson on her birthday. The couple watches the World Poker Tour episodes on television and frequently play with friends.

Van Patten visited their house, where they played poker for three hours.

DeGeneres can talk

Van Patten was “blown away” by DeGeneres’s skill level. He said:

She’s very good, very strong, very aggressive, and really has a fun knack for the game.”

He added that she is the “table captain,” meaning someone with a strong table presence, usually talkative, who molds the dynamic of the table.

The “great table talk” that impressed Van Patten was on full display in a short video Portia de Rossi posted on Instagram. Van Patten was explaining how people often act strong when they are weak and vice versa. He added that, sometimes, when he looks like he’s going to fold, his opponent tries to “table talk” him back into the hand.

“I’m not table talking you,” DeGeneres said, looking him in the eye. “I’m just talking. And you’re at a table.”

One of Van Patten’s biggest takeaways is that not only is DeGeneres a solid poker player, but she also knows how to make a poker game fun.

Van Patten’s poker tips

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Of course, this was still a poker lesson. While Van Patten said he loved DeGeneres’s “aggressiveness,” “poker face,” and “table talking,” he still had some ideas to improve her game. He said he spoke with her about how to put players on hands, figuring out what their starting ranges may be.

Bet sizing was also something Van Patten wanted to see DeGeneres improve upon. Things like reasons to overbet or underbet and how to “fine-tune” turn and river bets to maximize return were among the poker tactics he cited.

Van Patten added that he left DeGeneres a book of poker tips that he wrote. It is not a published work; he does not know if it ever will be.

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“If I do a poker book, it’s going to be all my secrets, my ins, and outs of poker and gambling, how to gamble, and how to survive in the game and how to win, how to make it social and fun,” he said.