We all like an occasional splash on slot machines, whether it’s at casino sites UK or dressing up and visiting a bricks and mortar establishment. These stars however, take gambling a little bit further than the rest of us, fortunately they can afford it!
Some of them have become so professional in gambling that they even use this as a side hustle sometimes. But most of them are still amateurs that gamble for the entertainment and fun of it, and some of them become so addicted to it that they end up losing huge money to it. Below are some of the celebrities that are confirmed lovers of gambling.
He started enjoying gambling from when he was a teenager. The protagonist of Two and a Half Men is great when it comes to humour and comedy. Raking up to $1.8 million per episode in that popular show, he had the largesse to throw around in any casino or betting establishment he found himself in. From what his ex-wife Denise Richards told the world, he wasted $20,000 every week on sports betting. According to her, most of his gambling losses are on sports betting.
Here, we are talking about an Emmy Award winner that was part of the TV series Men of a Certain Age’. In the show, he played the role of a middle aged man who is a gambling addict. But many people did not know that the character he interpreted in the movie was based on his real life experience. He was so addicted to gambling that he had to seek help. He later found a way to manage the problem, and had to play it out in the show as Joe Tranelli. He is still into gambling in casinos and sports books, and is always participating in the yearly World Series of Poker with the intention of winning it someday.
Ben Affleck is an Academy Award winner. He acts, directs, and screenwrites movies, but his success on the screen did not deter him from becoming so addicted to alcohol and gambling that he was taken to rehab in 2001. He became so good in poker and blackjack, and even came out victorious at the 2014 California State Poker Championship. Ben loves blackjack more than other games and got so good at winning blackjack hands that he had to be banned from a Las Vegas casino in 2014.
The star of Spider-man is an expert poker player. In 2001, he was involved in a lawsuit that accused him of being a member of an unlawful gambling ring that runs into millions of dollars. It was a Canadian professional Poker player named Daniel Negreanu that taught him poker. Daniel is a six times winner of the World Series of Poker. His best poker variant is the Texas hold’em and according to records, he has won at least 10 million dollars in these tournaments. Tobey got addicted to gambling and alcohol as a teenager and he spent time at an AA rehab center when he was only 19.
A rapper and an actor, and probably the most popular among all the names here, he is a huge sports betting addict. When Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and his former friend, Floyd Mayweather Junior of the United States squared up against each other in a boxing match, 50 cent wagered $2 million on Mayweather to win, and he won. Also, when the San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants had a championship match, he placed a bet of 500,000 dollars on the New York Giants to win, and they won. So, he won the bets.
He was a gambler before testing fame. The report is that he was a regular at casinos in London. But he did not have a long stint as a professional gambler, and some people believe that this is because he was too good. Employees at casinos when asked about him said that he will always wager very small amounts, and will never lose. Because of his ways at the casinos, he tried to enjoy blackjack games at the Broadway Plaza Casino in Birmingham a few years back and got banned for that.
He was the lead actor in The Martian and also featured in the Jason Bourne film series; not many people know that there is speculation that he is a gambling addict. He is often seen at casinos with Ben Affleck, who is a childhood friend of his. Do you remember the illegal gambling ring that took place at some 5-star hotels? He and Tobey Maguire were allegedly involved. Matt is in love with Texas Hold’em poker and is often seen enjoying it with Ben Affleck at 5 star hotels in Las Vegas.
We also have a set of female celebrities that are in love with gambling. One of them is Pamela Anderson, the former model and star of Baywatch and VIP. Her preference lies in poker and slot games. There are speculations that she got into a poker debt of $250,000 in one of the casinos in Las Vegas, and that her marriage to Rick Salomon was a contract where Rick was to help her repay the debt.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
She is very popular in the media world as a presenter of British panel shows and as a writer too. But she is also a popular poker player. She stands as the first woman ever to go home with the European Poker Tour title. She won it in 2006. She has also been in many poker tournaments, and was the winner of the 2014 European Poker Tour Sanremo main event. She is estimated to have won a total of 2 million pounds or more in poker. The Texas Hold’em version is her forte and she is always enjoying it at the Victoria Casino in London.
There are some other gambling addicts among sports and screen celebrities, including Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Michael Phelps and others. Most of them invest their money on poker, blackjack, and sports betting. They are people with the money and time to spend on gambling, and their wallets will not be hurt when they lose a few bucks.