There are various ways that the rich and famous can enjoy themselves in their spare time, and we’ve all seen paparazzi shots of basking on the beach on the way home, looking sweaty, or getting the clubs a little gloomy. eyeing. But some celebrities enjoy a flutter (or two) and the endorphin rush of big win draws them into the casino. We rounded up a few at the table.
Ben Affleck/Matt Damon
Two of the most famous men in the world enjoyed the gambling of Molly’s Game, the Hollywood hit starring Jessica Chastain, taken from the memories of hostess Molly Bloom. Bloom hosted poker games in hotels, homeowners and other top-notch establishments, and Affleck, Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire were known as regulars.
Affleck’s participation is no surprise as he is known for his penchant for poker and blackjack. The Batman actor won the California State Poker Championship in 2004, earning $ 365,000 – not quite as much as his acting credentials, but still a nice payday. He was once banned from Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas for alleged card counting. “I became decent and the casinos asked me not to play blackjack,” was his reaction.
Affleck allegedly has a generous character and after winning $ 140,000 in another blackjack session, he gave away all the money and tipped the casino staff $ 5,000 each. Bloom wrote in her book that Damon was less regular in the scene, though Maguire became known as a kind of loose cannon. “I used to call Tobey ‘Hannibal Lecter’ because he could simply dissuade someone from a good hand,” she wrote. Bloom also remembered a story in which the Spider-Man star once asked her to “bark like a seal that wants a fish” for a tip.
There’s a long line of Hollywood kings enjoying a flutter or two dating back to the Rat Pack era of the 1950s and 1960s, and today’s actors continue the tradition. Hard-core super-cop Bruce Willis is a famous face visiting casinos in the US, with huge winnings ($ 500,000 baccarat playing in Atlantic City), which are regularly followed by heavy losses ($ 100,000 at a Palms Craps table) ). Most recently, he was seen rolling the dice at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the night of boxing match Floyd Mayweather versus Conor McGregor. Yippee ki yay indeed!
A number of professional athletes have turned to gambling to bridge the hours of downtime between games. One man who really went to town in a Manchester casino is the striker from Everton and England, Wayne Rooney. England’s record scorer did not make such a hit on the blackjack table and roulette wheel on his insane night: he lost a reported £ 500,000 in just two hours.
When he was out of the field in the late 1990s and 2000s and won 14 golf majors, Tiger Woods was a regular at various US casinos alongside his sports friends Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. It’s assumed that Woods bet up to $ 25,000 per hand on the blackjack table and reported a $ 1 million limit when sitting at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The former world number one first hoped in 2010 that 21 will be treated more frequently when his divorce of ex-wife Elin Nordegren allegedly cost him 100 million US dollars.