Movie stars who like to gamble

To many people, gambling is a simple form of entertainment. To others, it can turn into addiction. Gambling has been around for hundreds of years and it can be an expensive hobby. Casinos are a perfect match with the celebrity lifestyle, and that’s why it’s no surprise that many stars enjoy gambling. Here are some famous people with an open love of sports betting or casino games.

Matthew Perry

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The former star of the TV show Friends is quite the poker player.  Perry regularly plays in charity poker events as well as poker tournaments.  He has also appeared on Celebrity Poker Showdown several times.  In addition, Perry reportedly holds many poker games at his home with other celebrities.

Cameron Diaz








It isn’t only male stars in Hollywood who love to play casino games like poker on a competitive basis, as Cameron Diaz has competed in a number of poker tournaments over the last few years. She was introduced to no limit games of Texas Hold’em by Ellen DeGeneres, before starting to play the game at casinos. Her skills have since advanced to the point where she recently claimed a second place finish in a poker tournament.

Charlie Sheen

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Sheen is said to spend obscene amounts of money gambling on sports. During her 1996 divorce filing, Charlie’s ex-wife Denise Richards said the actor was spending about $20,000 a week on sports betting.

Shannon Elizabeth








Shannon is well known as a poker player, especially in the casinos of Las Vegas. She has even gone so far as to promote the game. She was instrumental in the creation and opening of a brand new poker room at the Caesar’s Palace casino. The design of the room was quite revolutionary and so well done that other casinos have replicated it in their venues. By including this type of poker room, casinos are better able to provide privacy for their customers. Shannon Elizabeth also uses her love of the game of poker to give back to certain charities that are near and dear to her heart.

George Clooney








Clooney is the co-owner of Las Ramblas, a casino-hotel-condominium complex and is also known to have invested an unknown sum of money in a $3 billion resort in Las Vegas. In addition to this, he is known to be interested in actually hitting the tables himself, spending free time between his movie commitments travelling to famous poker tournaments held in different parts of the world.

Ashton Kutcher








In an interview with Esquire magazine, Ashton Kutcher reportedly boasted about once fronting a gambling syndicate wherein he and his friends made $750,000 in a single month of college football. In the interview, Kutcher is reported to have told the magazine that he was’ a front for the largest national sports-betting syndicate in US, earning 484,402 GBP in a single month of college football.

Sharon Stone








Sharon Stone’s casino experience doesn’t begin and end in Hollywood movies, she is a real life gambling and casino fan. Las Vegas is just a short flight from her home in the Hollywood Hills and she is a frequent visitor to Las Vegas casinos such as Caesar’s palace, the Bellagio and the Palms. She enjoys playing just about any game, though her favorite is poker. She often indulges in some high stakes poker games with her Hollywood friends and neighbors. She also owns a ranch in Australia, and when she is over there generally makes a point of visiting the Crown casino in Melbourne.

Tobey Maguire








Maguire hosts high stakes poker games at his home for other Hollywood stars who share his love of the game, but it is as a competitor in tournament poker that he has really established his gambling credentials. He has had multiple cashes in the World Series of Poker and rumor has it that his poker winnings exceed $10 million. In 2011, the Spider-Man star was sued for participating in a multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring.

Jennifer Tilly








Jennifer Tilly was an actress and now makes her living from poker. On June 27, 2005, Tilly won a World Series of Poker bracelet (and $158,625) in the Ladies’ No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event, beating 600 other players. She followed up this accomplishment on September 1, 2005, by winning the third World Poker Tour Ladies Invitational Tournament held at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. Tilly has appeared in the GSN Poker Royale series.

Ben Affleck








Ben Affleck is not only a great actor but also an accomplished gambler, winning the California State Poker Championship in June 2004 where he trumped 90 players including a number of professionals in the game. His winnings totaled $356 000 and the tournament title qualified him for a seat in the World Poker Tour final tournament in 2005 where he won $25,000. He has been tutored by professional poker players Annie Duke and Amir Vahedi and still makes regular appearances at the World Series of Poker.

Matt Damon








Affleck’s long-time friend, Matt Damon shares his passion for gambling and is a regular at the World Series of Poker, and also has quite a reputation as a poker player. It has been rumored that he was offered a $1 million endorsement deal from He has also starred in Rounders, a poker themed movie for which he was coached by poker legend Johnny Chan.

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2 responses to “Movie stars who like to gamble”

  1. Matt says:

    Well, we all have some addictions and one of widely spread addictions is gambling. I do not gamble and think that it is casino that always wins. I am happy to find out so many stars have won such great prizes, but the article omits their loses. None ever wins all the time, otherwise, all the casinos would have been closed by now. I do not gamble and do not advice you to gamble! Remember, this is addicting! At least theses actors have great income from the movies they make.

  2. Mark says:

    Gambling is an addiction and can be very dangerous not only for the fiancés loses, but for family breaks. I was happy to find out that many celebs are lucky at the casinos, but maybe they just have lost much more than won, as casino is usually the one that wins. This is their policy; otherwise, it wouldn’t have been so profitable.