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Celebrities that enjoy gambling

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Why are we so interested in celebrities? Some say that it the so-called ‘halo effect’. We respect them for being excellent or even reasonably good in one specific field, and so we extend this to thinking that they are excellent (or at least reasonably good) in others. It could even extend to prehistoric times when our ancestors had a better chance of survival if they followed and learned from those who demonstrated extraordinary skills. Whatever the reason, we do seem particularly interested in celebrities and what they get up to even when they are out of the public eye.

Sometimes celebrities do display all round skills, and many celebrities are particularly good at gambling, especially at poker. Casinos are obviously high-end environments and you’re more likely to see a celebrity in a land-based one as opposed to an online casino UK. For instance Jennifer Tilly the actress has won over half a million dollars at poker tournaments and has had 4 WSOP finishes winning one bracelet and 5 WPT finishes. Ben Affleck of Good Will Hunting and Pearl Harbour fame has won a third of a million dollars and the Californian State poker Championship and Shannon Elizabeth, best known for her role as Nadia in American Pie has one in excels of two hundred thousand dollars at poker. You might not have heard of him, but Patrick Bruel is a well-known singer and actor in France. He has 24 poker tournament finishes, 10 of them in the WSOP and his tournament winnings are just short of a million dollars, which probably makes him the most successful celebrity gambler of all.

It’s not only poker that attracts celebrity gamblers. Pamela Anderson of Baywatch fame is particularly fond of all kinds of gambling, and the celebrity gossip is that she settled a gambling debt in a Las Vegas casino in a rather irregular way. Tiger Woods, another celebrity whose off-course exploits have grabbed a great deal of attention is also a keen gambler and at onetime would regularly play blackjack with stakes of over twenty thousand dollars a hand.


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