It’s not just us mere mortals who like a bit of a flutter on the slots and love the adrenalin pumping action of a casino games table; the celebrity contingent often get in on the act too, and there are plenty of famous faces out there who like nothing more than to unwind by sitting down – online or in person – at a game of poker, roulette, blackjack, or slots of all shapes and sizes (they might even find themselves depicted in one!).
Here are just a few of them:
Tiger Woods became better known for his bedroom antics than his golf for a while, but it looks like things are back on track for this sports superstar now. And as for casinos, blackjack is his preferred game, and he has been known to bed as much as $25,000 on a single hand before now (and he does that multiple times in one sitting).
Ben Affleck is almost as famous for his gambling wins as he is for his movies, and he would definitely find his own face starring out at him if he were to find any new Batman v Superman related slot games. Poker is where Affleck makes most of his wins, but one notable game at the blackjack table saw him betting $60,000. He must have been confident, and that confidence paid off as he won $950,000! Affleck is generous, though – he tipped the dealer $150,000 when he was done. Affleck also enjoys online blackjack and playing at the poker tables on the internet; it’s easy to hide behind a computer when you’re famous!
Usually, wherever Ben Affleck goes, Matt Damon is sure to follow, and the gambling tables are no different. Perhaps not as successful as his friend, Damon still knows how to enjoy his betting budget. He not only likes playing poker, but also the occasional flutter on bitcoin dice – bitcoin is the fastest growing currency in the world, so it’s a worthy investment if you win!
Gladys Knight may have had a successful singing career, with and with the Pips, but her playing days at the baccarat table haven’t brought her quite so much happiness – or cash. After losing over $40,000 in one night playing the tables, she promised she would never play again.
Now we know the reason we haven’t seen that much of film star Shannon Elizabeth since her breakout role in American Pie. She found that a side career playing poker was much more fun – and more profitable – so that’s what she can be found doing these days.
Can you remember the last time Charlie Sheen wasn’t in trouble about something? His gambling put him in the doghouse with ex Denise Richards when she claimed he was spending as much as $20,000 a week betting on sports and casino games. No word on how much he won (or lost!) though. And Charlie has always been candid about his pastimes, assuring everyone he knows exactly what he is going.
There isn’t a game that Michael Jordan, one of basketball’s greatest stars, doesn’t enjoy playing – and that includes in a casino. He has won and lost millions, and there is a rumour that he was banned from basketball for a while for betting on his own games… Naughty!
Another film star superhero who would easily come across his (albeit masked) Spiderman features on a slot machine is Tobey Maguire. Unfortunately for him, poker was his game and he was sued for being part of an illegal gambling contingent. However, once he was finished with that he found better, more fun, and much more legal ways to gamble!
Pamela Anderson enjoys a game of poker, and found that the game can lead to some seriously strange – and unexpected – prizes! She once had a $250,000 debt to pay after she borrowed some money for poker games. She owed it to Rick Salomon and, when discussions regarding repayments began, it turned out they rather liked one another. In fact, they liked each other so much they got married in 2007! Unfortunately the marriage was later annulled.
Another well-known face who enjoys the odd (million dollar) flutter is Leonardo DiCaprio – he even helped to launch the $3.2 billion Macau Studio City project because he was known to gamble. Maybe that’s how he celebrated his recent Oscar win?