Former Ally Mcbeal star Anne Heche credits her weekly poker nights for helping her land the lead in hit new US show MEN IN TREES - because they help her understand men. The actress plays a relationship counsellor who finds herself stranded in a remote Alaskan town, where men outnumber women 10 to one. And Heche thinks her testosterone-fuelled playing card contests gave her the edge when she was auditioning for the role. She says, "Guys talk differently than women and I'm able to communicate with them. "I play poker when I'm not working, so I'm often at a table full of men. I think that helped me with this show."