Gambling is a common practice all over the world. Everybody has enjoyed a little bit of gambling among friends and family, or even in private. Be it dice, roulette, sports, or online games, nowadays gambling is possible in almost every activity we can think of. Even the rich and famous don’t walk away from Lady Luck’s enticement. Many celebrities enjoy a little bit of downtime at their favorite casino, either by themselves or with their significant others. Among the huge amount of casino games available, a classic that has stood the test of time is Poker. A game that is equal parts strategy, deception, and luck, Poker is an all-time favorite of every gambler. Today dear readers, let’s take a look at some of the celebrities that enjoy their downtime at the Poker table.
Professional Gambler Batman
The most recent actor to play the role of the famous caped crusader, Ben Affleck has more in common with Batman than just good looks and tons of money. Both Bruce Wayne and Ben are known lovers of Poker, the world’s greatest superhero uses his wits to outsmart their opponents at the table, and Ben closely follows in his footsteps as he has trained with the best poker game professional players like Annie Duke. He has participated in a few poker tournaments, amassing total earnings of $356,400. Ben cites his inspiration for playing Poker in the movie Rounders, whose plot is centered around a character who traverses through states looking for high-stakes games to play, win, and then pay off his large debt. Ben’s love for poker has at least been partially shared by his couples, and the recent ongoings of Bennifer being rekindled seem like a Poker hand dealt by Cupid.
Small And Dangerous
Kevin Hart is one of Hollywood’s most beloved and popular celebrities. With stand-up comedy, acting, and producing, Kevin has brought a few excellent comedy films to our screens. Kevin Hart also has a known love for Poker tables and tournaments. Kevin himself announced his joining of PokerStars Pro, a professional poker team, through Twitter to his followers. Despite this, he has no prizes to his name yet, though he has played in tournaments that have buy-in ranging from $100,000-$300,000. Testament to his ability are his victories against Fedor Holz and Hellmuth, both highly skilled professional players. His current wife Eniko Hart has also been very supportive of her husband’s love for poker, being part of his training sessions and enjoying the occasional game with him.
Danny Ocean’s Own
An actor that is no stranger to casino movies in general, Matt Damon has starred in movies like the Ocean’s saga and Rounders. Matt’s passion and love for the table game began way before filming Rounders. In preparation for playing the main character, Matt worked with several big names and best poker players in the poker industry, including Johnny Chan. Chan is a widely known poker player, being inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. The success of the film became one of the reasons why online casinos adopted the use of celebrities on their platforms to boost their appeal to the general population. His wife from 2005, Luciana Bozan Barroso, has been a pivotal part of Matt’s acting life and his poker career.
Friendly Neighborhood Poker Spidey
Tobey Maguire is a name many wouldn’t believe is associated with poker, yet the iconic Spiderman has a reputation at the tables that speaks for itself. As a teenager, Maguire started playing poker, gradually developing a liking and superior abilities in the game. Maguire’s poker-playing life was inspired by the film Molly’s Game, and he enacted a part of the film in real life. Tobey and Houston Curtis were the lead organizers of several different poker tournaments and games involving a bunch of celebrities. These games were the focus of controversy and led to several lawsuits that ranged to six-figure digits.
… and the List Keeps Growing
Poker is an amazing game that requires both a focused mind, luck, skill, and a knack for deception. All are woven into each other, such that an absence of one gets the player unfavorable results. This appeals to players everywhere, no matter the background or standing, and as we’ve seen, poker has its hands on everyone possible. The list continues and many more names are left out due to our limited space. Take this article as just a hint of what is to come in the world of poker.