There’s a link between brilliant actors and gambling. If you consider that many actors go for the all-in method acting style, it’s little wonder that some famous names become professional gamblers.
Celebrities love spending money on their hobbies, which includes gambling. Stars love to play the roulette table and use their acting skills to develop a compelling poker face. Several well-known names have mastered professional gambling skills which go way beyond a hobby.
Whether an amateur or professional, they all have one thing in common: an all-in attitude to everything they do, gambling, drinking; not to mention an addiction to love and marriage. Who would be a celebrity? It’s a hard life.
Here is a list of top celebrities who live life in the fast lane, starting with the original James Bond, Sean Connery.
Everyone knows the Scottish actor, Sir Sean Connery (now deceased), as the first person to play on film Ian Fleming’s fictional character James Bond, Agent 007. Connery set the bar high for those actors who followed in the role; creating the persona of a worldly jet-setting spy who enjoys playing high stakes baccarat and roulette.
But what many cinema fans may not realise is that Connery was an accomplished gambler in real life. In 1963 he played roulette at the Casino de la Vallee in Italy, betting and winning on the number seventeen for three consecutive spins at massive odds of 37-to-1. Bond left the casino $27,000 more prosperous – not bad work if you can get it.
Next up playboy and professional gambler, Charlie Sheen takes the chips if we talk about a hard life.
From a young age Charlie Sheen, son of Martin Sheen, has had a comprehensive addiction to gambling. The leading actor in the films ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Platoon’ is known for his acting skills and perfect timing.
In 2003 Sheen was cast as Charlie Harper in the sitcom ‘Two and a Half Men’. For that series, Sheen earned about $1.8 million per episode. So Sheen has more than enough money to spend at any luxurious casino if he wants too.
According to his ex-wife Denise Richards, Charlie spent about $25,000 every week on sports betting alone. Celebrity commentators say that nearly all his gambling losses were through sports betting.
The talented but tricky Ben Affleck is next.
Ben Affleck is an award-winning actor, screenwriter and director. Despite his success in the movie industry, Affleck was taken to rehab in 2001 to deal with his addiction to gambling and alcohol and regularly attends AA and GA meetings.
Sources say the star loves playing online poker and blackjack and was so good that he won the 2014 California State Poker Championship. He was also honoured with the award for the best original screenplay in the movie ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997 and in 2013 won an Academy Award for the film ‘Argo’ in the Best Picture category.
Affleck says that blackjack is his favourite game. So much so that some Las Vegas casinos banned him because of the number of winning hands he played. Sounds like he had the casinos running scared.
Meet the new ‘Rat Pack’, colleagues and close buddies, Damon, Maguire, Affleck and DiCaprio. They don’t sing like the originals, but they are just as dazzling.
Paying the lead actor as Jason Bourne in ‘The Bourne Identity’ and five other Bourne blockbusters, Damon is another celebrity who loves gambling and, what’s more, he loves to do it with his friends, Affleck and Maguire.
In 2011, Damon and Maguire took part in illegal gambling in 5-star hotels across America. Damon is a fan of Texas Hold’em and often plays poker with Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck.
Maguire, the star of the Spiderman films, is a serious pro poker player. In 2011 Maguire faced a lawsuit for being part of an illegal gambling ring with his ‘Rat Pack’ friends.
The celebrity learned his poker skills from Canadian Daniel Negreanu, a professional poker player who won the World Series of Poker six times. Our sources say he is good at Texas Hold’em and it’s believed he has won over $11 million dollars in poker tournaments across the world.
Sadly, Maguire’s addiction to alcohol and gambling goes way back to when he was a teenager at just 19.
Woods is not an actor but a professional sportsman. Tiger Woods is one of the most successful golfers of all time and one of the most controversial. No stranger to headline gossip, Woods loves life in the ultra-fast lane.
His rollercoaster life has been all over the news. But with a net worth of over 600 million dollars, it should come as no surprise that Woods loves to gamble.
A celebrity lifestyle may be desirable, but it’s also costly and not in the way you imagine.