At the beginning of 2018, Molly's Game was released in theaters. The film was based on Molly Bloom's autobiographical book Molly's Game. The famous poker princess told in the novel how underground games were played, and what Hollywood stars took part in them. The secret list included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. As it turned out, celebrities are also not indifferent to poker and casinos, so we decided to make a rating out of the top 5 most gambling actors and actresses of the American film industry.
Eva Longoria and Eva'sHeroes
The top famous players are Eva Longoria, the star of the television series Desperate Housewives, an entrepreneur and producer. Her favorite kind of gambling is poker. Eva is so passionate about card games that she even planned to open her own casino along with her friend Victoria Beckham. When it was not possible to implement the plan, Longoria decided to take another path.
In 2008, the actress organized the first charity tournament on gambling. She conducted it in Texas, in San Antonio. In 2017, the organizers of the Celebrity Casino Night celebrated its decade. The poker tournament is supported by the Eva's Heroes Foundation. It involves businessmen, social activists and Hollywood stars, including Eve herself. The proceeds of Longoria's transfer to the needs of people with intellectual disabilities.
Matt Damon and poker scandals
In second place was Matt Damon - clever Will Hunting, Mr. Bourne and the famous "Martian" in one person. Favorite kind of gambling is poker. One of the most favorite varieties is Texas Hold'em.
Matt was addicted to gambling in 1998 on the set of the movie "Shulera." The actor spent 25 thousand dollars to get experience working at the poker table. He took lessons from professionals and visited underground casinos in New York. After finishing work on the "Shuler", Damon's passion for gambling has not cooled down. The actor even managed to visit the closed tournaments, which were arranged by the princess of poker Molly Bloom, for which he fell under the sights of the American authorities investigating the case of illegal gambling.
Some sources say that at one of the secret poker parties Hollywood actor lost more than 40 thousand dollars and his love for the gaming industry after that subsided. Matt gradually moved on to quiet games with friends and only occasionally involved in charity tournaments.
George Clooney and his own casino
The third stage was taken by George Clooney - an actor and a good friend of Matt Damon. Both Matt and George participated in the film "11 Ocean's Friends." The stars did not stop talking even after the trilogy was over. It is possible that much more united by their common passion - the love of gambling.
Clooney, like Damon, loves poker. The actor is so crazy about gambling that he invested more than $ 7 million in the construction of Las Ramblas - a casino with his own hotel and condominium. Hidden sources also argue that it was the unhealthy craving for poker that caused the actor to break up with Elizabetta Canalis. Italian TV presenter, like the wife of Ben Affleck, could not stand the constant "game binges" and left the actor. The break was painful, but even he did not force George Clooney to abandon poker. He continues to participate in various tournaments, including charities.
Cameron Diaz: gambler and philanthropist
The fourth position is occupied by Cameron Diaz, in whose filmography was the picture, the string of which occurs in the casino - "Once Upon a Time in Vegas". The actress herself has repeatedly admitted that she is addicted to gambling and can not cope with herself. It is worth Cameron to be next to the casino, as the legs carry her inside, and the hands themselves buy chips.
Gambler Diaz was due to Ellen Degeneres. It was the comedian and TV presenter who taught Cameron to play Texas Hold'em. Diaz from the first time with ease beat Ellen and her own husband. It was then that the star realized that she had found her passion.
Cameron is constantly involved in tournaments and competitions. She plays so well that some experts claim that the actress will soon select the titles of the poker queen from Jennifer Tilly. Diaz herself does not pursue titles. The star takes pleasure in the process, and all the money he has won donates funds that deal with cancer treatment in children.
Ben Affleck and the ban on card games
The rating of gambling celebrities is completed by Ben Affleck. The actor is so crazy about card games that he hired as a teacher Annie Duke - the winner of the World Series of Poker of Champions and the author of books about poker.
In 2004, under the leadership of Duke Affleck took second place in the California State Poker Championship and received almost 360 thousand dollars. The actor also took part in underground tournaments organized by Molly Bloom.
Affleck's name is associated with another major scandal. Ben, who has a phenomenal memory, counted cards during the game in blackjack and was able to earn 800 thousand dollars per night. Almost 150 thousand he gave the employees of the gaming house as a tip, but the holiday did not last long.
Protection of the Hard Rock casino, in which everything happened, noticed the cunning actor and forbade Ben Affleck to play blackjack. Some Las Vegas casinos supported Hard Rock and stopped the star in the halls in which card games are played.