TV Executive Sam Simon and Captain Paul WatsonTV Executive Sam Simon and Captain Paul Watson
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Award-winning TV Executive and dedicated Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporter Sam Simon will be one of just two featured celebrity participants in the upcoming “NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship” to air on NBC and NBC Sports in March and April.

Simon is known to be a poker aficionado and a highly skilled player. He will play among a field of 63 other participants, including several former NBC Heads-up Champions Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel and Huck Seed, as well as his great friend and former wife, actress Jennifer Tilly.

Simon is the co-creator of the popular, long-running animated comedy series, “The Simpsons.” A longtime animal advocate, Simon is also one of Sea Shepherd’s most devoted supporters.  Last year, he underwrote the purchase of the conservation group’s newest member of its fleet, and it was appropriately named the SSS Sam Simon in his honor. Registered in Australia, the ship is currently on its maiden campaign for Sea Shepherd Australia, where it has been successfully defending whales from Japanese whalers’ harpoons in the Antarctic’s Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The “NBC Heads-up Poker Championship” will air on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. on March 14, 21 and 28, and at 1 pm on NBC on April 6, 13 and 20.  Simon will appear on March 14th and March 21st on the NBC Sports Network, looking ultra cool in his Sea Shepherd beanie!

Good luck, Sam!  We’re rooting for you! Win or lose, you are a champion to us!

Sam Simon representing for Sea Shepherd in the "NBC Heads-up Poker Championship."Sam Simon representing for Sea Shepherd in the
"NBC Heads-up Poker Championship."
Photo: Jennifer Tilly

The Australian-flagged SSS Sam SimonThe Australian-flagged SSS Sam Simon
Photo: Carolina A Castro / Sea Shepherd

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