What would you do if you had the same lifestyle as some of the rich and famous celebrities out there today? Besides the ability to purchase expensive cars and flashy jewelry with money that sits in the bank, what else can you do for entertainment? Gamble, of course! What would be more fun than turning a boat-load of money into even more money? This is precisely what some celebrities do and some are actually pretty good at it!
Best known for being the host of the tv quiz show “Only Connect” since 2008 on the BBC television network and an accomplished journalist for “The Observer”, Victoria Coren-Mitchell is also a professional poker player. One of her favorite games to play is Texas hold ’em and she was the first woman to win an event at the European Poker Tour (EPT) in 2006 for $941,513. More recently in 2014, she won $660,947 in the No Limit Hold’em EPT Main Event.
American Academy-award winning actor Ben Affleck got national attention for being banned from a Las Vegas casino in 2014 for counting cards during Blackjack games. The actor was tutored by top professional poker players in the past and used what he had learned to collect huge jackpots over the years. He participates in multiple tournaments and private high-stake games in and around the state of California. His top prize win of $356,400 in the California State Poker Championship in 2004 qualified him for the World Poker Tour.
Rafael Nadal is a professional Tennis player who not only ranks #5 in the world’s top players, but is also arguably one of the greatest players to ever play on a clay-court in history. The star won 14 Grand Slam titles by the time he was 28 years old and is known for his love of Poker. He became an ambassador and the face of PokerStars in 2012 and helped with the popularity of the brand for a solid three years. The company and Nadal has since parted ways, but the Spanish athlete continues to participate and generously win high-stake poker games for fun and charities.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is a household name because of his impeccable record as a professional boxer from 1996 to 2015. He has fought 49 times, has never lost a match and of those 49 matches, he won by KO 26 times. Mayweather publicly admits to sports betting and it is mostly on NBA games and Boxing matches. In 2015, he displayed his $350,000 bet slip on his social media account from a 4 day gambling binge. He says he walked away with $827,272.73 when the 4 days were over.
How’s that for entertainment? Who are some of your favorite Celebrity gamblers?