Heading out on the town tonight? Have you got a celebrity chum who needs entertaining? The famous love a flutter. We’ve put together a list of the top casino games to suit the glitterati.
#1. Blackjack – Ben Affleck, Tiger Woods, One Direction
Blackjack is the world’s most popular card game. Not surprisingly, it has a lot of celebrity fans. Ben Affleck is barred from the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas for allegedly card counting. The actor is reported to have won a total of nearly $1 million in just two trips to a casino.
Tiger Woods famously staked $25,000 a hand playing at MGM Grand’s The Mansion, alongside Michael Jordon and Charles Barkley. Expensive peer pressure. As for One Direction, the teen idols just can’t stay away from the blackjack tables when they are touring Australia.
#2. Slots – Pamela Anderson, Marge Simpson
Rumour has it that Baywatch star Pamela Anderson loves the slots. As well as playing them occasionally, she also appears in the special edition Pamela Anderson Playboy slot machine and the Baywatch game.
As for blue-bouffanted mother-of-three Marge Simpson, her trials and tribulations with slots were documented to comic effect in 1993, in the Simpsons episode ‘$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling’).
#3.Sports Betting – Ashton Kutcher, Charlie Sheen, 50 Cent
Kutcher allegedly fronted one of the biggest sports betting syndicates in America and knows college football inside out.
Infamous bad boy Charlie Sheen whose catchphrase was ‘winning’ once fronted a gambling website. He now claims to be a ‘retired gambler’. His biggest wager was one million dollars on boxer Manny Pacquiao beating Oscar De La Hoya in 2008.
As for 50 Cent, he ‘followed the voices in his head’ and won $500,000 on the NFC Championship game in 2012. That’s a lot of 50 cents…
#4. Baccarat – Gladys Knight
Gladys Knight famously got addicted to baccarat and blackjack when she was living and performing in Las Vegas. Famous for such musical classics as Midnight Train to
Georgia and If I Were Your Woman, Knight ended up getting out of her depth. Fortunately, she managed to get a grip of her game and still performs regularly in Las Vegas.
#5. Poker – Lots of Celebs
From George Clooney Ben Affleck and Matt Damon to Jennifer Tilly, Macy Gray, and Paris Hilton, poker is the game that celebrities really love to play. Thanks to the Internet, in the 1990s, the game emerged from the Las Vegas underground to the mainstream.
And celebrities are much more than just eye candy… Footballer Teddy Sheringham has earned more than $330,000 playing, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Tobey Maguire have all cashed in major tournaments. Clearly confidence and self-belief are all vital ingredients for both the actor and the good poker player.