Celebrities love Poker and gambling. Poker is strangely addictive, and keeps people in its tentacles irrespective of their status and money. Here are the most famous Hollywood stars which are also famous and skilled Poker players.
Famous actor Ben Affleck is a hardcore gambler. In 2014, he was banned from playing blackjack at the Hard Rock Cafe in Vegas because he was playing “too well”. Affleck was raking in so much money that the managers started to doubt him. Ben Affleck is one of the most famous actors, directors and screenwriters of Hollywood. In 2001, he made a whopping $800,000 in blackjack by playing three $20,000 hands in one night.
Sam Simon, Co-Producer of the all-time famous ‘The Simpsons’ was a skilled Poker player. Simon, who passed away in 2015, made it to the World Series of Poker no less than six times. He was a professional Poker player before entering the TV business. He also ran a show called “Sam Game” in which he played Poker with his celebrity friends. In 2007, Sam won $39,445 in No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event. He also won 438-player No-Limit Hold’em Bounty $100,000 Guarantee in LA, taking home $22,228. He also won over $57,000 in 2010 Winnin O’ The Green event.
Jennifer Tilly is a Canadian-American actress famous for her movies Liar Liar, Bound, Made in America and Bride of Chuky. But Till is also famous for her gambling skills. She is a winner of World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event in which she beat 600 players. She was the wife of Sam Simon who we mentioned above. In 2008, Tilly started to slow down her Poker because it was taking a toll on her career and life. Tilly once said that Poker is like a “Bad Boyfriend”, who takes and takes but gives nothing in return.
Norm MacDonald, the famous Canadian comedian, writer, actor and producer, has been playing Poker for a long time. In 2007, he ended at 20th place out of 827 entrants in the $3,000 No Limit Texas Hold ’em event, winning $14,608.
Tobey Maguire is a famous actor who appeared in movies like The Wizard, Spiderman, Wonder Boys and Brothers. Maguire learned Poker from the famous gambler Daniel Negreanu. He also participated in 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event Championship. According to Molly Bloom, who organized Poker games for Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck, the Spiderman star is the “best player, worst tipper and an absolute worst loser” when it comes to gambling.
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