As perfect days go, April 18 was a keeper for Woods. It was his birthday (he's 59). He talked to Mom. And best of all, the actor got to spend it chasing $3,760,165 in the WPT World Championship (airing June 28 on the Travel Channel) at Las Vegas' Bellagio hotel. Woods explains: ''It's like the Thrilla in Manila with cards.''
Woods settles in: table 3, seat 3. Here, he's known as Jimmy. ''I don't need luck because I'm going to win the f---ing thing. I'm serious.''
A risky play nets Jimmy five grand. ''Did you see that monster bluff? That's poker, baby!''
Jimmy is up 17 thou at the first break.
Break No. 2, and none too soon. ''Well, I've lost $22,000. That was fun,'' he cracks. The ups and downs continue through hundreds of hands...
Day one ends with Jimmy's chip count at more than $60,000. ''It's like World War I. I'm going to dance between the raindrops of shrapnel and get to the other side.'' He stops himself—for once. ''That's poetic. I'm getting too poetic.''