What began as a modeling assignment for 2007 Playmate of the Year Sara Jean Underwood has turned into a passion for the game of poker. Underwood, a native of Scappoose, Oregon, is the 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Year. She first modeled for VictoryPoker.net in an advertising campaign and soon became a member of Team Victory.
After playing in a Texas hold ‘em charity tournament, the model and actress decided she wanted to learn the finer points of the game. She is currently training with Team Victory members Keith Gipson, Andrew Robl and others.
Underwood placed fourth in her first online tournament. “I obviously had very good teachers, because I’m doing very well.”
Underwood, who needs a few credits for her bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Oregon State University, said she relishes the challenge of playing poker against world-class pros, and the chance to put her brain to work. “I want to be known as a professional poker player who can hold my own at the top with some of the best,” she said. “I think the key is just really hard work. I’m just going to throw myself in it. There are no short cuts.”
When she’s not playing poker, Underwood pursues a burgeoning film and television career and she recently co-founded hottiegram.com, a site that allows visitors to send customized video messages from Sara and other models. She’s frequently seen on the G4 television network, where she recently hosted a behind-the-scenes special called “Women of Ninja Warrior,” in which athletes compete on a grueling fitness course. She even tried out the course herself against female Japanese athletes.
In October 2009, Underwood wrapped up filming her starring role in “Zellwood,” a horror movie set in the Florida Everglades. Her previous film credits include “House Bunny” and “Epic Movie.”
Her favorite charity is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or ASPCA.