Famous Celebrities Who Like To Gamble

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.

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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.

Charlie Sheen

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

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.

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Matt Damon

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.

Tobey Maguire

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.

Tiger Woods

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.

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Interview with Mason Gamble

Mason Gamble started his film career in 1993 with the film “Dennis The Menace”. Mason’s latest film “Golf in the Kingdom” really shows his acting ability in the role of Michael Murphy. The film is adapted from the book of the same name. He co-stars in the film with the fantastic David O’Hara, who also gives a great performance. Movie Mikes had a chance to chat with Mason about the film and his career.

Mike Gencarelli: Tell us about your role of Michael Murphy in “Golf in the Kingdom”?
Mason Gamble: It is about a young guy at a specific point in his life and he has these expectations for where he is heading and exactly the path he needs to be on to get there. He then has a 24 hour period that completely 180’s he ideas on that. It takes him everywhere he thinks he needs to be going and makes him realize that he is focused on the wrong things. I think a lot of young people are often at that transition in their lives. I know I was at my transition in my life not to long ago. It was a role that seemed pretty appropriate with the timing of it.

Mike G: At what point did you read the book “Golf in the Kingdom”?
Mason G: First time I read the book was after I heard of the project. It was one of my agent’s favorite books growing up as a kid. He was excited when the project came along and that made me look into it a little bit closer. The ideas in the book and the way they can be taken to the game of golf really worked on me. I think it changed not only the way I approach my golf game but life in general.

Mike G: In general, are you a fan of the game of golf?
Mason G: I had gone a golf movie called “A Gentleman’s Game”, when I was 14. They taught me how to play for that a little bit, but I never really got into it. I didn’t have a lot of people I knew that played. After reading the book, then I started to play with a friend of mine. Some of the ideas in the book really changed the way I approached the game and it hit me hard. Since the audition process for the film, I have been a pretty avid golfer.

Mike G: How was it working with David O’Hara?
Mason G: Oh man, David is amazing. Not only did he disembody the role of Shivas Irons, but the focus and the power that he is able to control on the screen…he really draws you in when he is in the same frame as you. The stillness that he can perform a scene with is really overwhelming. He is a heck of an actor and very professional. It was a really small crew and we were three hours from anything where we shot. So having David up there for support and to lean on was great. We got really close and had a fantastic time together.

Mike G: Tell us about the production, where was it filmed?
Mason G: It was shot at an incredible place called Bandon Dune, which is just up the Oregon coast. It is a world class golf resort. I think at the time they only had 3 1/2 courses and building their 4th. The courses are in the top 25 courses in the national. We got to use all four of these courses to build our set for this movie. It just looks incredible and it is one of the most beautiful places to be working for two and half months.

Mike G: Tell us about working with director, Susan Streitfeld?
Mason G: It was fantastic. She has this amazing artistic vision. She has the ability to see things through the camera and on the screen that most people can’t see. When you work with her you really need to have a lot of trust in her. She had this vision for what was going to come out at the finish of this film. I think when you see it on screen it just looks great. The visuals…the scenery…the framing…it all just turned out so beautifully. I think so much of that credit needs to go to Susan. I think she had an eye for that the whole time.

Mike G: What do you have planned upcoming?
Mason G: Right now, I got about two quarters left of school. I am trying to graduate. I am majoring in Marine Biology. My love will always be acting, to me it is a job unlike any other job. The studying of Marine Biology and the continuing of education is something I have always been very passionate about. Developing your mind and your ability to think critically is really important. As an actor your mind is one of your most important tools. The more prospective you can bring to the table, I think the more range and variety you are going to be able to bring to your roles.


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