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While some people might head to Rodeo Drive toca try and catch a glimpse of a celebrity, there’s another spot that’s even better for sightings: the casinos of California and Las Vegas.
With money to burn and a love of all things luxury, casinos are a popular spot for many celebrities to hang out. Some choose to stay close to home, frequenting the casinos of Southern California. Others hop a plane for the short flight to Las Vegas, where they can gamble among the glitz and glamour of the Gambling Capitol of the World.
For celebrities who have it all and the money to buy it all, casinos offer excitement and entertainment, with the luxurious star treatment that they’ve come to expect. Keep reading to learn about some of Hollywood’s biggest gamblers.
1. Charlie Sheen
Perhaps the best-known celebrity gambler is Charlie Sheen. Famous for his time on the hit TV show “Two and a Half Men,” as well as his rollercoaster of emotions that he put on public display, this actor certainly has the bank account to back betting in even the glitziest of casinos. His ex-wife, Denise Richards, claims that Sheen even called in a sports bet on the way to the hospital for the birth of their child. While he has been spotted in casinos over the year, the star reportedly favors sports betting above all else.
2. Matt Damon
Some stars have been frequenting casinos for years as a pastime. Others stumble onto the floor in the name of research. That was the case for Matt Damon. He reportedly started gambling actively while he was researching his role for the 1998 film “Rounders.” In it, he played the role of Mike McDermott, a young gambler who re-enters the game, playing high-stakes underground poker to help his friend pay back the loan sharks that are hunting him down.
3. Ben Affleck
When it comes to card games, no celebrity is more often spotted at the tables than Ben Affleck. The famous Hollywood actor is frequently spotted at West Coast casinos, including the largest cardroom in the world, Commerce Casino, located in Los Angeles. Affleck has also been known to compete in championships. In 2004, he won the California State Poker Championship, taking home the first prize of $356,400 and beating out 90 other participants in the process.
4. Ray Romano
Ben Affleck isn’t the only star bringing home titles. Ray Romano, comedian and actor best-known for his role in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” is also a professional. His game of choice is poker, and he is often spotted at Las Vegas casinos. He once took part in the World Series of Poker, the world’s largest tournament, as well as a number of other championships.
5. Shannon Elizabeth
It isn’t just male actors who like to gamble from time to time. Shannon Elizabeth, a Hollywood actress known for her role in “American Pie,” has also been spotted in Sin City. In fact, she has largely left acting behind, and instead frequently plays in poker game tournaments alongside some of the top players in the world.
Gambling Like a Celebrity
Just because you don’t have millions in the bank like these celebrities doesn’t mean that you can’t gamble in style. To get the full experience, skip Vegas and head out to sea instead. With casino cruise ships, you can enjoy the luxury star treatment all day long, with easy access to your favorite slots or table games all hours of the day.