This list of celebrities addicted to gambling is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. It's no secret that stars love to spend their money. It's common for famous people to purchase everything from luxury cars to real estate, but there are a growing number of celebs who would rather gamble away their earnings at casinos and poker tournaments. Some of Hollywood's biggest movie stars have reportedly been addicted to gambling, including Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen, and Tobey Maguire. Placing bets is also not a just man's pastime. There are plenty of female celebrities equally addicted to gambling such as actress Shannon Elizabeth, who is a poker pro.
There are also times when a gambling addiction spins out of control. The range of addiction can go from a casual player to compulsive gambler, which is also known by the term Ludomania. In 2011, music legend Gladys Knight revealed that she beat a nearly decade-long gambling problem and confessed to spending up to $40,000 a night playing baccarat. NBA great Charles Barkley admitted he has lost over $10 million at casinos throughout his adult life. Other athletes who had debts from betting include Phil Mickelsen.
We gathered a list of famous gamblers in the list below with stories of them overcoming gambling addictions. See if one of your favorite Hollywood or sports stars has risked it all in the high stakes world of gambling and become one of these celebrity gamblers!
In 2011, Nelly's former promoter Slim accused the "Hot in Herre" rapper of blowing all of his money on gambling.
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Investor, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, + more
Credits: Bad Boys II, Training Day, The Longest Yard, About Time
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A-list actor and filmmaker Ben Affleck went to rehab in 2001 for his gambling and alcohol addictions. This year, he co-stars with Justin Timberlake in the gambling themed thriller Runner, Runner.
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America
Profession: Businessperson, Professional Poker Player, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
Credits: Argo, Good Will Hunting, Gone Girl, The Town
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After landing her breakout role in American Pie, Shannon Elizabeth has found a second career as a poker player. Her passion for poker has fueled rumors that she's she's running a gambling ring from her own home!
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
Profession: Professional Poker Player, Fashion Model, Film Producer, Actor
Credits: American Pie, Thir13en Ghosts, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, American Pie 2
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Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps is not only collecting medals in the pool. Friends fear for his growing gambling addiction!
Birthplace: Towson, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Profession: Athlete, Swimmer
Credits: Watercolors, Richard III, Awaken the Dead, Pancho and Lefty
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