Today’s online casino platforms make games like roulette, poker, and blackjack available to anyone, and you can play for minimal stakes. But nevertheless, casinos still have that sense of mystique – we tend to picture millionaires in formal wear playing at the high roller tables in destinations like Monte Carlo.
It’s a risky way to play – after all, everyone knows that the house always wins in the end. But let’s meet a few famous names who have the bank balance to support a love of playing for high stakes.
With blockbusters like Armageddon and Batman on his resume, Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars. In 2014, he was ejected from the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas after a string of wins at the blackjack table. It led to suggestions of cheating, but the truth is, he was just too good. Affleck was back at the high roller tables in recent months during a break from filming in Sin City.
Floyd Mayweather Jr
“Money” Mayweather’s love of placing outrageously high sports bets is the stuff of legends, including an alleged $12 million across several different bookies backing the Broncos against the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. That’s the one the Seahawks won by 35 points. But he is equally fond of casino games. He’s published photos of poker tournaments on his private jet, where he and his guests played for “bricks” of cash and he loves playing video poker in Las Vegas casinos.
Here’s someone a little different – instead of being a famous person who also gambles, Brian Christopher is famous because he gambles. His Brian Christopher Slots channel has made him the leading name among a host of slot YouTubers, with more than 520,000 subscribers. He posts educational and informative videos of his slot gaming exploits every day, and the fact that he plays everything from $1 to $100 per spin means there’s something to keep everyone interested.
The tennis legend missed out on a sixth Wimbledon final this year when he pulled out through injury. At 36, he’s at an age when most players have already retired, but when the time comes, he can look forward to spending more time at the poker table. Nadal has already acquired a sponsor and has been taking coaching from some big names in the WSOP.
Speaking of retirement, did you know that Bruce Willis turned 67 this year? He’s still in great shape, and like Nadal, he can take on anyone at the poker table. However, his first love is baccarat, and legend has it that he once won half a million dollars in a single session in Atlantic City.
In his most famous role, Clooney played expert gambler Danny Ocean. During filming he started playing cards casually with co-stars Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, the latter of whom said he was the unluckiest gambler he had ever known after he lost 25 hands of blackjack on the spin. Still, he continues to enjoy blackjack and other casino games for fun.