Most of us will have looked at the list of active players participating in our online poker game, slots tournament, or blackjack table, and laughed after spotting the name of a well-known celebrity. “As if!” we think to ourselves. That’s not possible… is it? Well, let’s be realistic here; if you are playing the penny stakes, then no, it probably isn’t possible.
Even if you are high rolling, the chances of it being “the real deal” are still vanishingly small. But such things do happen. Online gambling is exploding in popularity right across North America at the moment, but in the United States and Canada – Ontario Casino market recently opened its doors, for example, which could even mean any of these people may just be playing alongside you at your favorite online casino – and this is just the tip of the iceberg!
This Canadian actress is almost as well known for her love of the gaming tables as her acting. Take an anonymous survey and you are sure to find that women are by far the biggest spenders when it comes to online slots. Ask your respondents to give their details, however, and men suddenly top the table by a country mile.
Jennifer hasn’t been seen on the big screen for some time now, and in fact, openly admits that she much prefers to spend her time honing her Hold’em skills and practicing for the next year’s poker tournaments instead.
Matt Damon & Ben Affleck
Matt Damon may have seemed shy and reserved during his appearance in The Martian, but don’t let that fool you! Damon and best friend Ben Affleck have been spotted dozens of times on the Las Vegas strip, and rumor has it they always have time to chat, take selfies, and sign autographs. You can understand all the attention must become tiring eventually, however, so it’s no surprise that they spend their land-based casino nights in the high-limit rooms of the Bellagio.
Matt’s love of gambling began after he starred in the classic poker epic Rounders, a role which required him to learn several variants of poker inside out in order to deliver the dialog convincingly. Luckily for him, his best friend was already a fan of the game and was more than happy to teach him – provided they could play for real money, naturally. It seems that it is Matt who has had the last laugh, however, as he claims to be close to a million dollars in the black over the lifetime of his gambling career.
Wayne Rooney – (former) England Soccer Captain
Wayne is one of the highest-paid sportsmen to have ever lived. The footballer is known to have a taste for blackjack and poker, and it is rumored that he will more than happily drop 50K on a sports bet just on a whim if it “feels right”.
I will say this – Wayne is extremely lucky not to have tarnished his legacy by now, and if I were him, I’d want it to stay that way. I say he should keep on spending as much as he pleases if it makes him happy and content – it’s not like he hasn’t got a few spare dollars in the old bank now, is it?
50 Cent – Rapper
Alright, let’s finish with one that has an air of mystery about it – Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Floyd Mayweather regularly lay into each other on their social media pages, but despite the seeming hostilities between the pair, they are also regularly spotted hanging out together too. Knowing Floyd, it’s all probably just a big publicity stunt – maybe there’s a 50 Cent vs Mayweather NFT collection on the way soon.
50 Cent has spoken in the past about the dangers of betting too much, advising his fans to only gamble what they can afford to lose. That’s excellent – and very responsible – advice from a celebrity who throws down so much on a prop bet of three-quarters of a million dollars.