Entertainment comes in many different ways. You can read a book, catch a game, watch a movie, listen to music, or even visit your favourite casino to play a game or two, However, as you look for something to help you wind down after a long day of work, so too do the people or celebrities you rely on for entertainment.
Celebrities are known for being eccentric and having entertainment ideas that are, well, not for everyone. But one thing you will identify and even empathise with is their love for casino games. Some play casually, while others visit the casino regularly and have grown and developed their skills to be considered great in their chosen games.
This piece will highlight celebrities well-known for their casino games skills and let you know what some of their favourite games are.
- Matt Damon
Matt is the actor who plays the American James Bond, better known as Jason Bourne. He also starts in Good Will Hunting, Stillwater, and The Martian which is available in DisneyPlus, among other prominent roles. Furthermore, Matt is not just an actor but also doubles up as a screenplay writer and film producer and is also heavily involved in these aspects on most of his projects.
If that was not impressive enough, Matt has a recurring role as a father of four girls with his longtime sweetheart, Luciana, which is undoubtedly his favourite.
Some of the perks of Matt’s job are that it takes him to many interesting places, and his roles introduce him to even more exciting things, such as gambling.
We have it on good authority that Matt had to learn to play poker for his role as Mike McDermott in the Hollywood blockbuster, Rounders. His character depicts the life of an underground high-stakes poker player trying to help a friend pay off their debt. However, what started as prep for a character turned into a lifelong passion that Matt occasionally enjoys up to today with some of his close friends.
- Ben Affleck
Ben is well known for his roles in Deep Water, The Last Duel, The Way Back, and, unfortunately, Batman. He is also a writer, producer, and director who has won countless awards for his efforts. Ben is a father of three with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner, and fun fact; he is currently married to one of his longtime love, Jennifer Lopez.
And like all the celebs on this list, Ben has a thing for gambling. The multitalented actor likes to visit casinos for some table time and to try out his hand at blackjack and poker. Fortunately for Ben, unlike his role as the director and lead actor as Batman, he is actually good at playing cards and is no stranger to winning.
He is also an excellent card counter, which has led to him being thrown out and even barred from one or two casinos in Vegas. As you’d expect from a man of such aptitude, Ben has won thousands of dollars playing online blackjack, and casino table dealers like him because he’s a good tipper. He probably visits a good online casino and enjoys playing from home in websites or mobile casino apps. Ben also likes to play poker with his high-rolling friends, whom we doubt enjoy as much as he does.
- Bruce Willis
The next celeb on this list is the lead actor in what is probably one of most people’s favourite movie of all time, Die Hard. And, of course, we are talking about none other than the man himself, Bruce Willis. Bruce has also appeared in films, such as Looper, Pulp Fiction, 12 Monkeys, and Sin City, to name a few. He’s also the proud father of five and has been married twice.
With all that success and responsibilities on his shoulders, Bruce occasionally gambles to blow off some steam. And if you think he does it to keep up appearances like many celebrities are known to, you’d be wrong. Bruce is a skilled gambler who loses and wins big at times. According to some sources, he once went home with $500,000 he’d won at a baccarat game in Atlantic City. We don’t know of many professional gamblers who can claim the same.
Bruce also likes to invite his friends and family to his house to play card games for fun, which has turned into a hobby for him.
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- Kevin Hart
You might have heard of this next celebrity from his many comedy tours and shows, and if you missed those. You definitely didn’t miss his movies. He has starred in everything, starting from Ride Along, Me Time, Jumanji, Fatherhood, The Fast and the Furious, and, more recently, the Man From Toronto. However, his accolades don’t stop there; he is a regular on reality TV with his hit series Real Husbands of Hollywood and runs a production company called Hartbeat.
Kevin is also an adamant gambler. In fact, we fall short of saying Kevin has a gambling problem. Rumour has it that he blew his entire cheque from hosting BET Awards in 2011 in the casino playing poker and blackjack, which are his favourite games. Kevin also frequently plays blackjack with his friends on his reality show, as well as off it.
However, to everyone’s relief, Kevin has reined in his gambling addiction and is working hard to build better habits with the help of his four children.
Looking for something fun and exciting to do with your free time and help you wind down after a long day’s work is natural. Gambling is one of those universal things that anyone can enjoy online from the comfort of their homes or by visiting a casino in one of the many gambling jurisdictions that exist in numerous parts of the world. And as we’ve seen, even those responsible for entertaining us are not immune to playing casino games from time to time.
However, as we’ve also seen with Kevin, gambling can lead to bad choices, and it’s essential to have your priorities straight before risking your money. So which celebrity’s gambling story do you think is the most interesting and why? Let us know in the comments section below.