Superstar Mariah Carey won $27,000 (GBP15,000) playing poker in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Friday (23SEP05).

The HONEY singer joined Usher, Janet Jackson and Nelly for producer Jermaine Dupri's 33rd birthday party at the opening of Tao restaurant at the Venetian Hotel.

Lucky Carey visited the nearby casino and won the cash after playing just three rounds of poker.

Carey enthuses, "I used to play poker with my sister. But I think my low-cut dress put some of the guys off."