Celebirty Poker is filmed before a live audience at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Each episode of Celebrity Poker Showdown features five celebrities competing against each other for a piece of the prize pool in a game of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker. They compete for the charity of their choice. Each week a new group of stars will take to the table to challenge their peers. The winner from each week's game will go on to compete in the championship episode. Viewers will have the inside track on the hands the different players are holding via hidden cameras. They will also be able to hear from the eliminated players, who will watch the remainder of their respective matches from the "Loser's Lounge," via closed circuit television.|
All players are guaranteed at least $5,000 in prize money for their chosen charity. For making it to the finals, fifth place wins $7,500, fourth place wins $10,000, third place wins $12,500 and second place walk away with $20,000 for their charity. The Celebrity Poker Showdown champions walk away with $100,000 for the charity of their choice.
The show is very entertaining and the big winners are, of course, the charities.