If you’re someone who has made it in Hollywood, you’re undoubtedly going to have loads of money, right? Especially if you happen to get leading roles in some of the biggest movies around. However, what you’ll also likely have is tons of free time, and it’s why so many Hollywood stars have become prolific gamblers over the years.
Brad Pitt is one of the most iconic actors around, and this has been the case for decades. He’s appeared in some huge movies, from 12 Years A Slave to Moneyball. But, you could suggest it was Ocean’s Eleven where things changed for Pitt on the gambling front. You see, it’s reported that this was when he started to take a keen interest in video slots and other casino games. Online roulette tables were easily accessible for Pitt during breaks from filming, and he’s said to have retained an interest in all things casino since.
Ben Affleck, like Pitt, has appeared in some big movies over the years. And as well as being renowned for his acting skills, he’s also made it as a director in Hollywood too. However, Affleck has a passion away from the film industry, and that’s card games such as blackjack and poker. And, we’re not talking about playing to pass the time. Affleck is so keen on games like poker that he has competed in multiple tournaments, with some of his opponent’s names that will also feature on this list.
You can’t mention Ben Affleck as one of Hollywood’s most prolific gamblers without talking about Matt Damon. Damon and Affleck are best friends, and this has seen them head to casinos together more times than anyone cares to remember. It’s hard to believe, but some suggest that Damon is even more passionate about casino gaming than his best buddy and has also taken part in poker tournaments over the years. On one occasion, Affleck, Damon and the next guy on this list faced off, with Affleck coming out on top to the tune of $356,000.
If you mention the name Tobey Maguire to people, they will instantly respond by talking about Spiderman. Maguire is, of course, the lead actor in the movies and takes on the role of the superhero. But, he also happens to be a poker enthusiast too. And, unlike many others who enjoy playing the game, Maguire employed former poker champion Daniel Negreanu to teach him how to play. So, it will come as no surprise to learn that Maguires competed regularly at the World Series of Poker Championships. He’s also not averse to playing high-stakes games either.
While there are loads of Hollywood stars, who hit the casinos, especially in Vegas, to have a good time, those who feature on our list are the types who develop a passion and then a skill for casino gaming. Especially Affleck, Damon and Maguire, who have all competed in poker in professional tournaments.