Brandi Hawbaker (March 26, 1982 – April 13, 2008) was an American actress and professional poker player. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Hawbaker started her career as an actress in the late 1990s and relocated to Los Angeles, California. She studied at the Playhouse West, and appeared in two short films under the name 'Brandi Rose'. Her biggest being at the World Poker Tour's Festa Al Lago V in October, 2006. The Guardian says that she was a stripper before becoming a poker player, At the end of day 1 of the 2007 World Series of Poker, she not among the top 10 of the leader board, but she had amassed 87,100.