Successful actors, musicians and artists, being creative and emotional people, often find new impressions in casinos.
According to Frank Faerkopf, who heads the U.S. Gaming Association, the level of service for public persons is of particular importance and must be at a consistently high level. But the assortment of gambling, as Mr. Faerncopf explains, is paid much less attention.
It must be said that Hollywood celebrities rarely prefer such gambling as slot machines. Basically, their passion is cards and, especially, poker. This is not surprising, because where, as not in poker, they can fully demonstrate their acting skills. Hardly even an experienced poker player can determine what lies under the smile of Drew Berrymore, when she goes all-in.
Molly’s Game – The film was based on Molly Bloom’s autobiographical book “The Game of Molly”. The famous princess of poker told in the novel, how the underground games were held, and what Hollywood stars were involved. The secret list included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire. As it turned out, celebrities are also indifferent to poker and casino, so we decided to make a rating of the top five most gambling actors and actresses of the American film industry.
Eva Longoria and Eva’sHeroes
The top of the famous players opens Eva Longoria – star of the TV series “Desperate Housewives”, entrepreneur and producer. Her favorite type of gambling is poker. Eva is so in love with card games that she was even going to open her own casino with her friend Victoria Beckham. When they failed to do what they had planned, Longoria decided to go the other way.
In 2008, the actress organized the first charity gambling tournament. She held it in Texas, San Antonio. In 2017, the organizers of Celebrity Casino Night celebrated its tenth anniversary. The poker tournament is supported by the Eva’s Heroes Foundation. It is attended by business people, community activists and Hollywood stars, including Eva herself. The proceeds are donated by Longoria to people with intellectual disabilities.
Matt Damon and the poker scandals
The second place of the top was taken by Matt Damon – smart Will Hunting, Mr. Bourne and the famous “Martian” in one person. Favorite kind of gambling is poker. One of my favorite varieties is Texas Hold’em.
Matt became a gambler in 1998 on the set of the movie “The Cheat”. The actor spent $ 25 thousand to gain experience at a poker table. He took lessons from professionals and visited underground casinos in New York. After finishing work on “Cheaters” Damon’s passion for gambling has not cooled down. The actor even managed to visit closed tournaments, which was arranged by Princess Molly Bloom poker, for which he fell under the gun of the American authorities investigating the case of illegal gambling business.
Some sources claim that at one of the secret poker parties, the Hollywood actor lost more than $40,000 and his love for the gaming industry has since subsided. Matt has gradually moved to quiet games in a circle of friends and only occasionally participates in charity tournaments.
George Clooney and his own casino
Third step was George Clooney, actor and good friend of Matt Damon. Both Matt and George were in Ocean’s 11 Friends. The stars didn’t stop communicating even after the trilogy was over. It is quite possible that much stronger than they were united by a common passion – the love of gambling.
Clooney, like Damon, loves poker. The actor is so obsessed with gambling that he invested more than 7 million dollars in the construction of Las Ramblas – a casino with its own hotel and condominium. Hidden sources also claim that it was the unhealthy craving for poker that caused the actor to break with Elizabeth Canalis. The Italian TV presenter, like Ben Affleck’s wife, could not withstand the constant “game singing” and left the actor. The breakup was painful, but even he did not make George Clooney give up poker. He continues to participate in various tournaments, including charity tournaments.
Cameron Diaz: Player and philanthropist.
The fourth position is taken by Cameron Diaz, whose film was a picture, the beginning of which occurs in the casino – “Once in Vegas. The actress herself has repeatedly admitted that she is dependent on gambling and can not cope with himself. Once Cameron is near the casino, his legs carry him inside, and his hands buy the chips themselves.
Diaz became a gambler thanks to Ellen DeGeneres. It was the comedian and TV host who taught Cameron how to play Texas Hold’em. Diaz easily beat Ellen and her own husband the first time. That’s when the star realized she had found her passion.
Cameron is a regular participant in tournaments and competitions. She plays so well that some experts assure that the actress will soon take the title of poker queen from Jennifer Tilly. Diaz herself is not chasing the titles. The star enjoys the process and all the money won is donated to foundations that treat children’s cancer.
Ben Affleck and the ban on card games
Gambling celebrity rankings are completed by Ben Affleck. The actor is so obsessed with card games that he hired as a teacher Annie Duke – winner of the World Series of Poker of Champions and author of books about poker.
In 2004, under the leadership of Duke Affleck took second place in the California State Poker Championship and received almost 360 thousand dollars. The actor also took part in underground tournaments organized by Molly Bloom.
Affleck’s name is also associated with another major scandal. Ben, with a phenomenal memory, counted cards while playing blackjack and was able to earn overnight 800 thousand dollars. He gave almost 150,000 to the gambling house staff as a tip, but the holiday did not last long.
Security at Hard Rock Casino, where everything was happening, noticed the trick of the actor and banned Ben Affleck to play blackjack. Some Las Vegas casinos supported Hard Rock and stopped letting the star into the halls where the card games are held.