Famous People Who Like to Play Poker or Blackjack

Bella Dippenaar
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Casino games like blackjack and roulette have been around for hundreds of years. Going to a casino and betting on these games has, for the most part, been associated with a sense of glitz and glamour. When most people think of casinos, they think of suave and sophisticated characters like James Bond and Danny Ocean.

With the advent of the internet, bets on slot machines and card games can now be placed from the comfort of one’s own home or virtually any location using a mobile device such as a laptop or smartphone. As a result, playing casino games has become much easier in recent years. With recent additions such as a live casino that brings real people into the virtual gaming environment, the overall feel of the game has been brought closer to the real thing.

However, this did not affect the glitz and glamour associated with casino games. Celebrities can still be spotted gambling at the world’s most prestigious casinos, which can be found anywhere from the deserts of Las Vegas to the hustle and bustle of London.

Here are some celebrities who enjoy gambling in casinos

Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods, best known for his dominance in the world of professional golf, is tied for the most PGA Tour victories. His success on the course came almost immediately, as evidenced by his victory in the 1997 Masters after only one year of professional golf.

The thrill of competing in golf on the world’s biggest stages, however, is insufficient to satisfy the 44-year-old. He is frequently seen participating in other sports, such as basketball and soccer. Woods is also a frequent visitor to casinos, where he enjoys placing large bets and regularly wagers $25,000 on a single hand of poker.

This is yet another location where Woods can be found. That is chump change for the golfer, who is widely regarded as the wealthiest athlete in the world. His earnings over his career are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Affleck, Ben

Another casino enthusiast is the American actor known for his roles in the films Good Will Hunting, Chasing Amy, and Armageddon. He began his career by playing blackjack and even learning how to count cards; it has been reported that casinos asked him to stop playing because he was so good at it.

Instead, he now prefers to spend his time playing poker. He has been seen impersonating other Hollywood actors, including Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio. When discussing him, a former poker room owner referred to him as a “smart gamer.”

Leonardo DiCaprio

It’s not difficult to imagine Leonardo DiCaprio gambling in a casino now that we’ve seen it on screen. In the 1998 film “Celebrity,” he played the role of Brandon Darrow. Darrow is an actor who enjoys playing in casinos and destroying hotel rooms. He also has a bad habit of binge drinking.

He most recently appeared in the 2015 film “The Audition,” which also starred Robert De Niro, Brad Pitt, and Martin Scorsese. The production of the 16-minute film, which cost $70 million, was part of a marketing campaign for a Macau casino.

Even though it was released in 2013, Leonardo DiCaprio produced the film “Runner Runner,” which was about online gaming and starred Justin Timberlake, Gemma Arterton, Ben Affleck, and Anthony Mackie.

Leonardo DiCaprio is an avid gambler in his spare time. He reportedly wagered $500,000 against Tobey Maguire that his performance in “The Revenant” would be nominated for an Academy Award, in addition to frequently participating in private poker games and making appearances in casinos. However, we do not know whether he ever cashed in any of his winnings.

Floyd Mayweather – A professional boxer

Professional boxers are not unfamiliar with casinos. A significant number of the most important matches are held in Las Vegas casinos. Boxers spend a lot of time in and around the casinos, so the fact that they enjoy gambling while there shouldn’t come as a surprise given how frequently they visit.

Floyd Mayweather is no exception to this rule. The former welterweight and light middleweight champion boxed for twenty years before retiring in 2015, though he did make a one-off comeback the following year (2017). He not only retired from the sport having won 15 major world titles during that time, but he also did so having never been defeated.

Although Mayweather purchased a $25 million mansion in Los Angeles in 2017, where he now resides, he maintains a regular presence in Las Vegas and travels there frequently. His Instagram feed is filled with photos of him at various city establishments, as well as photos of him playing card games on his private jet. A large number of customers usually go to casinos to watch boxing matches.

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney, who previously played for Manchester United and Everton, is well-known for his love of betting and casino games. Despite earning hundreds of thousands of dollars per week as a soccer player, Rooney continues to play the British National Lottery regularly.

Rooney does not need the money because he has an estimated net worth of $170 million, but he continues to play because he enjoys the excitement of the game.

Furthermore, he frequents casinos, including those in Manchester, which is close to where the former striker lives. His favorite game is roulette, and he frequently bets on red, which is appropriate given his Manchester United shirt’s color.

Rooney’s gambling is not limited to casino games. Sir Alex Ferguson, the striker’s former manager at Manchester United, has also invested in racehorses. The striker, however, does not appear to have backed any winners.

Bruce Willis 

It appears that several Hollywood actors, including Bruce Willis, enjoy going to casinos, and he is no exception.

The star of Die Hard has been spotted in several casinos across the United States, including those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Willis was spotted on the MGM Grand’s gaming floor on the night Floyd Mayweather made his comeback fight against Conor McGregor in 2017. It’s not just the big casinos; he was once spotted by a fan while playing at the Route 66 Casino, a more intimate establishment perched on the edge of what was once Route 66.

He also appears to play a variety of games, as he has been seen placing large bets while playing baccarat and craps.