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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!


Nelly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Have Gambling Problems
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In 2011, Nelly's former promoter Slim accused the "Hot in Herre" rapper of blowing all of his money on gambling. 

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Age: 42

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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#70 on The Greatest Rappers of All Time

#21 on A Definitive Ranking of Rappers as Actors

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Have Gambling Problems
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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

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Age: 44

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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#71 on The Best Actors Working Today

#83 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#77 on The Best Living American Actors

#9 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

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Shannon Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Have Gambling Problems
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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! 

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Age: 43

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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#42 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

#5 on The Coolest Celebrities Who Play Fantasy Football

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Have Gambling Problems
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Olympic golden boy Michael Phelps is not only collecting medals in the pool. Friends fear for his growing gambling addiction! 

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Age: 31

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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#4 on The Best Athletes of All Time

#20 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#1 on Overhyped Athletes Who Still Performed

#34 on The Athletes That Millennials Love the Most

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