Ten Celebs Who Adore Gambling

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Many people around the world like to spend their free time in a fun and relaxing way. Some of them prefer to play sports, while others like to watch TV shows and movies. But there is a group of people who enjoy spinning the wheel and waiting for the desired combination on the screen as well as testing their acting skills during a poker game. Let’s take a look at the list of famous people who can’t live without the thrill of gambling.

Michael Jordan

Basketball player michael jordan

It may surprise the fans of Air Jordan, but basketball is not the only passion in the sportsman’s life. Apart from the sports and sneakers business, he also invested a lot of time and money in playing casino games. It goes without saying that the legendary player hasn’t managed to achieve as much success in gambling as he did in basketball. In fact, there were rumors that MJ lost more than a hundred thousand dollars in Atlantic City Casino. We don’t know for sure whether this is true or not, but one thing is true – Michael Jordan can’t live without the fun of casino games.

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight

A famous soul music singer has been seen placing big bets in blackjack games multiple times. According to the interviews, this kind of entertainment was keeping her engaged for more than ten years. During this time, she managed to earn some money, but the fortune wasn’t on her side most of the time.

Dana White

MMA Owner Dana White

The president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) also couldn’t resist the temptation of wagering money in some casino games. He’s known for betting around $50,000 per hand in blackjack. And we must admit that he does it really well and wins frequently. The fun fact is that he plays so well that some casinos have asked him to stay away from them.

Charles Barkley

Basketball player Charles Barkley

Another basketball legend has got into our list too. Charles Barkley has been connected with sports since childhood, and even after finishing the career in the NBA, he continued to be related to sports and became a TNT sports analyst. Even though he has lost around $30 million in total, he doesn’t see a problem here and says that he can afford to lose so much. Well, everyone pays for their hobby as much as they want.

Michael Phelps

Olympic Swimmer Michael Phelps

A well-known swimmer and world champion also adores gambling and can spend a fortune on his extravagant hobby. According to the sources, he loves poker and regularly loses money while playing without even counting them. His family and friends reveal that his competitive attitude towards the game may be the main reason for both losses in gambling and winnings in sports.

Charlie Sheen

Actor Charlie Sheen

When cocaine and hookers get him bored, the popular American actor switches to casino games. Denise Richards, his ex-wife, says that he used to spend around $200,000 per week just on poker and sports betting alone. When you make nearly $1.8 million per episode of “Two and a Half Men,” it shouldn’t be a problem to spend this money on your favorite hobby, especially if it brings you so much joy.

Ben Affleck

Actor Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is way luckier than the previous guy on our list. Known for his love for online poker and blackjack, the actor got lucky a couple of times. His biggest winning was $800,000 in a blackjack game after wagering $60,000. People say that he left an enormous $150,000 tip to the casino’s employees that night. It’s also worth mentioning that the actor is so good at gambling that he won the California State Poker Championship back in 2014. Not bad as for an amateur, right?

Tobey Maguire

Actor Tobey Maguire

Nobody could have guessed that the Spiderman star is a pro poker player too. Daniel Negreanu, a Canadian professional poker player who won the World Series of Poker 6 times, allegedly helped the actor acquire his poker skills. Maguire became so good at it that he is believed to win over $10 million in poker tournaments. What’s more, he was also sued for being a member of an illegal gambling organization.

Derren Brown

Derren Brown

Being a regular of many casinos around London, even before becoming famous, Derren Brown can be called a professional, as he never loses. Perhaps, the secret is in small bets which he places. He is so good that several casinos banned him from visiting their venues. A famous example is the Broadway Plaza Casino in Birmingham, which didn’t let Brown play blackjack a few years ago.

Ray Romano

Comedian Ray Romano

We just couldn’t help but mention this Emmy Award-winning actor. In the past, Romano had some gambling problems, and surprisingly this experience helped him play the role of Joe Tranelli, who also has an addiction to casino games, in the famous TV show “Men of a Certain Age.” It’s interesting to notice that Ray continues to gamble and likes to bet on sports. Besides all this, he is also a regular member of the World Series of Poker and aims to win the championship.

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