Like any other activity, gambling attracts a wide range of people. To gamble, one must have some disposable income, and quite often, those who have a lot of money gamble the most. Coincidentally, celebrities are extremely rich, and most of them don’t really know what to do with their money. Some celebrities have turned their inexhaustible money supplies into some fun gambling funds. Who were those stars? What are some of the biggest celebrities from the United States who love to gamble? Check out our top 5 list of famous stars who are simply obsessed with gambling!
1. Ben Affleck: Blackjack Fanatic
This academy award winning actor is famous for films such as “Good Will Hunting” and “Pearl Harbor.” Affleck has had a long career, and he was one of the most famous actors of the 1990s. However, not many people know that he is a gambler. The star confirmed his love of gambling in many interviews, and it appears that he is pretty good at blackjack. And by pretty good, we mean that he is able to win millions. In fact, we could write an entire article on his gambling adventures, but let’s point out some of his achievements.
Namely, in 2014, he was kicked out of the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas for playing for too long and winning constantly. Affleck perfected some card-counting techniques. According to some stories, he frequently goes “missing” and actually goes to Vegas to gamble. In one trip, he won around $800k during a risky round. Namely, he played three hands at the same time with $20k in each hand. Also, in 2000, he played with his celebrity BFF — Matt Damon — and won around $140k. After the win, he did something incredible. He gave away all of the winning chips to the casino staff members!
Affleck also plays poker. Reportedly, he’s not so good at it, but he manages to hold his own. Some of his opponents included stars like Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, but he also played against famous pros like Amir Vahedi and Annie Duke.
2. Pamela Anderson: Poker Debt and Sex Scandal
You didn’t see this coming, right? Well, you know her as the irresistible Baywatch bombshell, but you might not have guessed that she is a big fan of poker and slot machines. However, it seems that she’s not so lucky.
In a bizarre story, she allegedly told Ellen DeGeneres that she owed a Las Vegas casino $125k in 2007. Anderson lost a lot of money but then claimed that she got rid of that debt by reportedly sleeping with a famous poker player. The player, rumored to be Antonio Esfandiari, aka the Magician, managed to clear her debt, and if the rumors are true, didn’t get lucky only in poker, if you know what we mean. However, there’s a twist: other rumors state that the two actually fell for each other and got engaged. However, that was never proven, but Pamela did try to create some online poker games, which didn’t do so well.
The story doesn’t end there though: you might not have known that the actress was married to Rick Salomon, another poker pro. When Salomon secretly won around $40 million during their divorce, Pamela demanded to get her share. In the end, she got $1.3 million.
3. 50 Cent: He Makes Much Larger Bets Than You Think
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, famous for hits like “In Da Club,” has a costly hobby of placing extremely large wagers while gambling and sports betting. It kind of goes against his name, but it seems he genuinely enjoys his gambling activities. He’s a true high roller, but he doesn’t only bet on casino games.
Namely, he once bet $1 million on Floyd Mayweather Jr to win an Oscar and won. Later, in 2012, he bet $500k on the NY Giants when he wanted them to win the NFC, and his bet paid off. He doesn’t win all his bets, but even when he doesn’t get lucky, he writes some gambling-related lyrics which he adds to his songs.
4. Cameron Diaz: Miss Texas Hold’Em
The famous model and actress famous for blockbusters like “There’s Something About Mary” and “Charlie’s Angels” got hooked on gambling during a poker boom in Hollywood in the 2000s. Allegedly, she claimed that Ellen DeGeneres introduced her and Justin Timberlake, who she used to date, to the world of gambling. They played a round of Texas Hold ‘Em and Diaz has never looked back since. According to her, the game gave her a new perspective, and it represents a creative outlet for her.
This fabulous actress is a real gambling celebrity. She often competes in tournaments, so there’s a big chance you might see her at a WSOP tournament or something similar. Moreover, she received a Miss Texas Hold’Em title from Maxim Magazine in 2010.
5. Drake: Huge Casino Loss
It seems that the Grammy-winning artist and Billboard chart breaker also has a passion for gambling. Namely, in 2018, this Canadian rapper was refused service in one Vancouver casino. Drake left that casino and accused the staff of “profiling” on Twitter. The star was shocked by the treatment he received, and his tweet created quite an uproar online. After this incident, the casino apologized publicly.
It seems that this star genuinely loves gambling but is not very lucky when it comes to winning. Namely, in another story, Drake lost quite a lot of money at the Hard Rock Casino in Atlantic City. He was partying and gambling late at night after having performed two days in a row. It was reported that he lost $200k, but the casino did not reveal the game type. However, it didn’t seem to bother him too much, as he was making around $500k per night at the time.
We should also mention that stars like Charles Barkley, Michael Jordan, Charlie Sheen, Michael Phelps, and plenty of others are big fans of casino gambling and gambling games. Unfortunately, some of these stars have real gambling problems, and even gambling addiction.
So next time you find yourself at a casino, you might even bump into some of these famous gamblers, which can certainly be exciting!