Top 9 Celebrities Who Like To Gamble

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Most celebrities love spending money on their various extravagant desires, including gambling. There are more than a few celebrities who love spinning the roulette wheel or put their acting skills to the test on poker. Some of these celebrities have mastered professional gambling skills and expertise, and are even engaging in it as a second career. However, a significant number of them are amateurs who take gambling as a hobby and end up losing a lot of money as a result of their addiction to it. Here is a list of top celebrities who like to gamble.

1. Charlie Sheen

From his youth, Charlie Sheen has had an extensive addiction to gambling. The leading actor in the Comedy series ‘Two and a Half Men’ is known for his sense of humor and perfect comic timing. The celeb who was paid about $1.8 million per episode has more than enough money to spend at any luxurious casino he can think of. According to his ex-wife Denise Richards, Charlie used to spend about $20,000 every week on sports betting alone. She says nearly all his gambling losses were through sports betting.

2. Ray Romano

Ray Romano is an Emmy Award-winning actor who featured in the TV series ‘Men of a Certain Age’. The actor stars in the movie as the middle-aged Joe Tranelli who is addicted to gambling. The most interest thing is that the character played by Ray is actually based on his real-life experience. His addiction to gambling was getting out of control and he had to seek help. Luckily, the star learned to manage his gambling addiction and that’s why he acted out his experiences as Joe Tranelli. Ray still gambles and bets on sports today. He takes part in the World Series of Poker every year with the hope of winning the championship one day.

3. Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck is an Academy Award-winning Actor, screenwriter, and Director. But despite the success in the movie industry, he had to be taken to rehab in 2001 because of his addiction to gambling and alcohol. The star loves playing online poker and blackjack, and was so good at it that he won the 2014 California State Poker Championship. He was also honored with the award for the best original Screenplay in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ that was released in 1997. Blackjack was his favorite game as he was so good at winning hands to the extent of being banned from playing the game at a Las Vegas casino in 2014.

4. Tobby Maguire

The Spiderman star is a pro poker player. He was sued in 2011 for being part of an illegal gambling ring that involved millions of dollars. The celeb learned his Poker skills from Daniel Negreanu, a Canadian professional Poker player who won the World Series of Poker six times. Apparently, he is good at Texas Hold’em Poker and it’s believed he has won over 10 million dollars in Poker tournaments. Tobby’s addiction to alcohol and gambling goes way back to when he was a teenager and had to go to the AA rehab center at the age of 19.

5. 50 Cent

A popular rapper and actor, 50 Cent is known for his extreme sports betting behavior. During the boxing championship between Manny Pacquiao of Philippines and Floyd Mayweather Junior of U.S, 50 Cent placed a $2 million bet on Mayweather.  He also placed a bet of 500,000 dollars on a championship match between New York Giants and Francisco 49ers. But like the first bet, he won the second one too when the New York Giants defeated San Francisco 49ers.

6. Derren Brown

Derren Brown started gambling even before he became famous. He used to frequent many casinos in London. However, his venture into professional gambling didn’t last mainly because he was too good. According to casino employees, Derren only bets small amount and never losses. It seems casinos still remember him too as he was banned from the Broadway Plaza Casino in Birmingham a couple of years ago for trying to play blackjack.

7. Matt Damon

Paying the lead actor as Jason Bourne in The Martial, Matt is another celebrity who is addicted to gambling. He is spotted frequenting casinos with his childhood friend Ben Affleck. The star, along with Tobby Maguire took part in an illegal gambling rig that happened at 5-star hotels. Matt is a fan of Texas Hold’em Poker and often plays the game with Ben Affleck at luxury hotels in Las Vegas.

8. Pamela Anderson

Female celebrities have also developed an interest in gambling. Pamela Anderson, the former Baywatch star and glamour model was addicted to casino slots and poker. It is said she married Rick Salomon so he can help her settle a poker debt of $250,000 at a Las Vegas casino.

9. Victoria Coren-Mitchel

A popular writer and presenter in the British panel shows, Victoria is famous for her writing and presenting work, but she’s also a poker player. She is the first woman to win a European Poker Tour title in 2006. She has also participated in a number of poker tournaments, winning the main event of the European Poker Tour Sanremo in 2014. Current, her total winnings stand at over 2 million pounds. She plays Texas Hold’em regularly at Victoria casino in London.

Sports champions like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Michael Phelps have also had a gambling addiction. Most celebrities spend their money on casino games like Blackjack or Poker, and sports betting. These celebrities have time and money to spend on gambling and losing a few bucks on this venture doesn’t hurt their wallet.

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