Celebrities that are Addicted to Gambling
(One even Ended up with Unpayable Debts!?)
Gambling is an addictive habit. Once people started gambling, they will have a hard time in stopping. Celebrities are just like normal people. In this article, we had listed out several celebrities with gambling issues. One of them even ended up with debts and became broke. Let’s find out who they are.
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Tiger Woods may be the best golf player you have ever heard of. But did you know that he is also famous for his vice including sexual affairs and gambling? After becoming good friends with Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan who are both well-known to enjoy gambling, Woods’ gambling addiction problem surfaced. One of his mistresses released the news that Woods bets $25,000 per hand when playing blackjack. Similar to both of his friends, he is known to be a high roller. He was even restricted to a betting limit of $1 million by the MGM Grand from Las Vegas.
Michael Jordan is well-known for being a high roller in gambling. Despite being one of the best basketball players on the field, Jordan may need to improve his gambling skills. He spent a lot of money gambling, but he did not make any huge return from those ‘investments’. Jordan once talked about his gambling story where he loss $165,000 in Atlantic City in the year 1993. That is the time when people knew about his gambling addiction. He has even lost up to $5 million in a casino when he was partying in Las Vegas. There is a rumor that he has to retire due to the gambling problem he faced.
If you have watched the 2011’s version’s Spiderman, you will know who Tobey Maguire is. He acted as the Spiderman in the movie. Not exactly a superhero in his own life story, Maguire is extremely addicted to poker. He was once sued for participating in an illegal gambling ring. Maguire is said to win more than $300,000 worth of the illegal fund which is stolen from hedge fund investor Bradley Ruderman. Maguire is now a skilled Texas Hold’Em and currently an active player in the World Series of Poker. Although his life as an actor might go downhill due to his gambling addiction, he is quite successful now as a poker player as he had won a total of $10 million so far in his poker games.
Speaking of celebrities that are addicted to gambling, how can we forget about the basketball player and star – Allen Iverson. People may think Iverson is a successful basketball player, never did they know, he is now broke due to his gambling debts. He lost everything to gambling and drinking including the money he earned from NBA matches (around $200 million), his career and even his wife and his children. He even lost his $50 million lifetime sponsorship deal with Rebook that worth $50 million. Despite his love and addiction to gambling, many casinos in Atlantic City has banned him due to his unpleasant behavior towards the workers in the casinos. He had even been caught urinating in a trash can in front of the casino. Iverson had lost almost his whole life to gambling. He once was being accused by his ex-wife of kidnapping his children just because he wanted to be with them. Although the charges were dropped, we can see how his addiction to gambling had finished his career as a successful athlete and him happiness he could have with his family members. The only thing that gambling brought to him were debts and despair. Although he had paid off his debts, he is still by far the most popular celebrity who is known to be addicted to gambling.