It’s no secret that stars love to spend money on their extravagant desires, and some Hollywood celebrities are addicted to gambling as well. Popular movie stars like Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, Pamela Anderson, Matt Damon, 50 Cent, Tobby Maguire and Ray Ramano are celebrities who like to gamble in their free time.
Some of the celebrities are known to have gained professional expertise in gambling and have even considered it as their second career. But most of them are amateurs who consider gambling as a hobby and lose a lot of money because of their addiction to it.
Popular for his lead role in the Comedy TV series “Two and a Half Men”, Charlie Sheenwas extensively addicted to gambling from his youth.Known for his incredible comic timing and sense of humour, the actor is also a sports fanatic who likes to bet on the outcome of various sports events. The star who earned around 1.8 million dollars per episode has enough money to spend lavishly on Casinos and massive all-night drug binges. His ex-wife Denise Richards who filed for a divorce in 2006, stated that Charlie was spending around 20, 000 dollars every week on sports betting. According to her, most of his gambling losses came from sports betting.
Academy Award-winning Actor, Director and Screenwriter, Ben Affleck went to rehab in 2001 for his addiction towards alcohol and gambling. The actor likes to play online blackjack games and poker, and he has even won the California State Poker Championship during the year 2014. The actor received the Academy Award for best original Screenplay in the 1997 movie “Good Will Hunting.” He also became extremely good at winning hands in Blackjack because of which he was banned from the blackjack tables at a Las Vegas Casino in 2014.
Emmy Award-winning actor Ray Romano, who starred in the comedy Television series “Men of a Certain Age” as the middle-aged gambling addict Joe Tranelli revealed that the character he played was based on his real-life experience. Ray Romano’s gambling addiction was growing beyond control, and he sought help from Gambler’s Anonymous. The actor finally managed to get his gambling addiction under control, and he portrayed his life experiences in the character Joe Tranelli. He still continues to gamble and makes sports bets. He also participates in the World Series of Poker every year and hopes to win the championship sometime.
An expert Poker Player, the Spiderman star was one of the celebs who got sued in 2011 for taking part in a multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring. The actor acquired his Poker skills from the Canadian professional Poker player, Daniel Negreanu who has won 6 World Series of Poker events. Tobby is apparently very good at Texas Hold’em Poker and is said to have won more than $10 million by playing various Poker tournaments. Tobby was very much addicted to gambling and alcohol right from his teenage and joined the AA rehab centre when he was just 19 years old.
Popular for his lead role as Jason Bourne, the Martian star is also addicted to gambling and can be spotted frequentlyin Casinos along with his childhood buddy Ben Affleck. Matt Damon was also involved in an illegal gambling ring along with Tobby Maguire which took place in 5-star hotels. He likes to play Texas Hold’em Poker along with his friend Ben Affleck at certain Luxury hotels in Vegas where they get invited often.
Famous rapper 50 Cent is popular for his outrageous sports betting. He once placed a bet of $2 million on Floyd Mayweather Jr during the boxing championship between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao of Philippines. He also made a ridiculous bet of $500,000 on a championship between San Francisco 49ers and New York Giants. He also won on that bet when the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49 ears to reach the Super Bowl.
Not only male actors but also a lot of female celebs have shown their interest in gambling. The former glamour model and Baywatch star, Pamela Anderson is also known for her addiction towards poker and Casino Slots. It is reported that the actor got married to Rick Salomon to settle of her $250,000 poker debt at a Casino in Vegas.
Even sports champions like Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan have also been addicted to gambling. Many of the celebrities like to spend their money on sports betting and Casino games like poker or Blackjack. These stars have all the money and time to spend on anything like Private Jets, Luxury Cars, Spacious villas etc. and losing few dollars on gambling is not a big deal for them. While some of the celebrities try desperately to keep their gambling addiction a secret, many of them are seen gambling publicly in Casinos and Celebrity Poker tournaments.