Blackjack Stories of the Rich and Famous

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The rich and famous (especially the famous) have a habit of behaving, well, differently in certain situations – we could even go as far as saying that they misbehave – and, of course, their antics are immediately picked up by the media. Many of these antics happen to be related to gambling, a preferred pastime for many famous faces.

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After all, they have a quirky personality and eccentric lifestyle that makes them the perfect gambler and risk-taker, not just in what they wear when gambling but in how much they bet. It may also have something to do with the fact that Hollywood is relatively close to Vegas, a place of endless fun, shows, good food, and gambling. Many famous actors, musicians, and other celebrities have a few juicy stories to share, with some of them happening at the blackjack table. Here are some that you may not have heard before.

Prince Harry – don’t drink and bet

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, was a veritable son of Sin City, according to the press. Years ago, the current sixth in line for Britain’s throne was photographed by a vigilant photographer in his Adam’s costume in Las Vegas in 2012. As you might expect, scandals ensued. But this was not the first – or the last – time he was spotted in Vegas. Stories about his habit of drinking, partying, and gambling have also hit the press – at one time, he was spotted playing blackjack inebriated at the Wynn, where he lost several hundred dollars pretty quickly. The moral: don’t drink and gamble.

Ben Affleck’s card counting

A saying attributed to a famous gambler says that if the casino is not asking you – politely or not – to stop what you are doing and leave, you’re doing it wrong. Actor/director Ben Affleck was, apparently, doing things right at the Hard Rock Casino a few years ago because the establishment banned him for life. In May 2014, the press reported that Affleck was playing blackjack at the high-roller tables of the casino and won a bit too much for the owners’ tastes – he was patted on the back by a security guard and told “You’re too good at this game” before being invited to play other games as well. While card counting is not illegal by no means, it is a practice frowned upon by casinos because it bends the odds in the counter’s favor.

Deadmau5

Deadmau5, born Joel Thomas Zimmerman, is a Canadian DJ and producer known for his progressive house, electro house, and electronica tracks. While he may not be as famous as some of the modern pop sensations of our time, he still has a massive and dedicated following, and six Grammy Award nominations under his belt, the last one for his album “While(1<2)” released in 2014. Apparently, Deadmau5 is also a blackjack player with a lucky hand. He was introduced to the world of blackjack by famous gambler Don Johnson (not the actor!) after a show in Las Vegas. In time, blackjack has become one of his go-to post-show activities: at one time, he reportedly sat down to the table, lost $100,000, and then won it back with $50K on top.

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Blackjack Stories of the Rich and Famous
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The rich and famous (especially the famous) have a habit of behaving, well, differently in certain situations - we could even go as far as saying that they misbehave - and, of course, their antics are immediately picked up by the media.

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