Celebrities who like gambling

At one point people wondered what effect online casino sites would have on gambling, but they have led to more people than ever taking it up as a hobby – and even Hollywood A-Listers seem to have fallen under the betting spell.

Ben Affleck

At one time Ben Affleck was seen as something of a joke figure, but he has reinvented himself as a skilled writer/director in recent years, and he has also proven himself to be a more than decent casino gambler. He won the California State Poker Championship back in 2004, which involved beating 90 other competitors. Dare we suggest that the inexpressive face which makes him such an average actor is perfectly suited to the world of poker?

Matt Damon

The man who has starred so often alongside Affleck – and won an Oscar with him for Good Will Hunting – also shares his enthusiasm for the poker tables. Damon has become a regular participant in the World Series of Poker, which is probably the biggest tournament of them all – although he didn’t accept the rumoured $1 million offered by a television station to be the public face of the tournament.

Ashton Kutcher

Kutcher belied his ‘himbo’ image when he became part of a gambling syndicate which took a cool $750,000 in just month betting on college football. The star of various low brow comedies has claimed that his dopey image actually led to people underestimating him in the gambling world, and presumably he’ll be hoping for a similar result when his divorce case with Demi Moore goes to court.

50 Cent

The rapper is another fan of betting on sports – although he prefers NFL to college football – and has been so successful in this hobby that he once won $500,000 gambling on a single game during the season. He subsequently went on to Twitter to share his good fortune – well a photograph of it – with his millions of followers.

Many other celebrities enjoy the odd bit of betting, however many play in the comfort of their own home at Jackpot City so not to be seen in the media as being a gambler.

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