These stars who won (and lost) big at the casino!
Like us, many celebrities have fun in casinos. Whether they are online, sitting behind a screen, or in traditional establishments, despite the devices put in place to protect their identity, celebrities have often been unmasked, and among them, there are even some who have become true legends. This article tells you about celebrities who like to bet big in casinos and sometimes win unbelievable prize pools in poker tournaments. Of course, most celebrities like to spend their money in extravagant ways. And there is nothing more extravagant than losing a fortune at roulette or poker. And if some movie stars are also masters in poker or martingale, for others, it’s just a good way to release the pressure.
Patrick Bruel, the king of poker
Patrick Bruel is an unsurpassed star of French songs and an actor whose talent is recognized by his peers. He is also known for his poker prowess. He is best remembered for being the first French player to win the 1998 World Series. A victory that is still in people’s minds to this day. With this victory, he was one of the great defenders of poker in France. He is even considered as the one who contributed the most to the popularization of poker in France. A shareholder of Winamax – the leading casino games site – and now a leading poker figure, Patrick Bruel is a regular at international tournaments. Lending his celebrity image to various tournaments, he is considered one of the biggest influencers in the business. He is proud of his career as a player and never hesitates to talk about his passion as much as his other activities. As a result, more and more amateur players, especially with the advent of online casinos, like to follow his games and model their strategies on his. More than ever, Patrick Bruel is the French icon of casino games.
Ray Romano is an American actor who won an Emmy Award for his role in the TV series “Men of a Certain Age”. He plays Joe Tranelli, a middle-aged man with a gambling addiction. But what many viewers didn’t realize was that Joe’s character was actually based on his own experience.
As his gambling addiction spiralled out of control, he eventually sought help from those closest to him and finally broke free. That’s why he wanted to share his story to help other gambling addicts quit. Ray still plays and bets on American sports games. He also participates in the World Series of Poker every year to win the championship one day.
Ben Affleck is an Oscar-winning actor, writer and director of the film Argo. Despite his success in the movie industry, he had to go to rehab in 2001 due to his gambling and alcohol addiction.
The star loves to play poker and blackjack, two games for which he ended up developing a real talent since he won the 2014 California State Poker Championship.
Rumour has it that the famous American golfer Tiger Woods could bet as much as $25,000 on a single round of 21. The world-famous athlete is indeed a blackjack fan, and, according to Las Vegas MGM Grand casino executives, Woods has already won more than a million dollars in a single night.
The “Baywatch” actress also likes to play poker. According to a rumour, her marriage with Rick Salomon is even the result of a $250,000 bet she lost to him.
The undisputed star of the racket, with a thousand and one facets, Gael Monfils – known for his strong character and his ability to concentrate – has also been a big name in French poker since 2006. Alongside his sporting career, which has brought him a certain amount of fame, he has also managed to make his mark on the list of the world’s best poker players. A success that was rewarded in 2010 by the announcement of Pokerstars’ decision to sponsor him made him an emblematic ambassador of the renowned brand. An association that has made emulators in the field but apparently has not been able to dent the player’s reputation, whose talents continue to seduce the most passionate.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
As passionate about gambling as they are about music and showmanship, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are icons in many ways. The American diva has chosen to play with great discretion at online casinos. There she can play as a simple casino game lover, away from the excitement of her every appearance. Playing online is a way to have fun without having to travel, but also without being watched or spied on because you are a celebrity. For Beyoncé, this option has allowed her to enjoy the pleasure of playing while remaining anonymous. For her husband, the vision is different, and he gladly joins the poker or blackjack tables whenever he can.
Raymond Domenech and Estelle Denis
In the category of couples in love with casino games, the one of Raymond Domenech and Estelle Denis has nothing to envy to the one of Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Indeed, if Estelle Denis, a journalist by profession, is passionate about poker, her husband has followed suit after a memorable career in the French team. Inveterate poker players have known how to shine among renowned players and continue to be among the best in tournaments.