- Shannon Elisabeth
After claiming her fame in American Pie, Shannon Elisabeth started a whole new career: professional poker. If you believe it, she’s been rumored to run her own secret poker ring right out of her own home. The rumor was stirred by a gambler who claims to have played inside Elisabeth’s house. The gambler claims Shannon Elisabeth throws tantrums during play and takes players’ money for the house.
- Allen Iverson
The basketball player and rapper, Allen Iverson, was banned from multiple casinos in not just one but two cities: Detroit and Atlantic City. According to the casino staff, he has a history of throwing his chips and cards at the dealers.
- Charles Barkley
The words came out of his own mouth: NBA sports analyst and former NBA player Charles Barkley has lost more than $10 million gambling. He has this to say about it:
“Do I have a gambling problem? Yeah, I do have a gambling problem but I don’t consider it a problem because I can afford to gamble. It’s just a stupid habit that I’ve got to get under control, because it’s just not a good thing to be broke after all of these years. I gamble too much, I gamble for too much money, and it’s something I have to address. I am addressing it, that would be the best way to explain it. I’m not going to quit gambling because it’s my life and it’s my money.”
- Tobey Maguire
In 1998, Tobey Maguire made the big screen as a teenager in Pleasantville, a successful film nominated for three Oscars. From 2002 to 2007, he starred in Spider-Man film after Spider-Man film. The crowd couldn’t get enough of him. In 2011, Maguire was sued for taking part in an illegal multi-million dollar gambling ring. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were also involved.
- Ben Affleck
During one drunken trip to Las Vegas, Ben Affleck played blackjack with a wager of $60,000 per hand. It worked out rather well for him, as he walked out with a shiny new $800,000, minus a generous $150,000 tip to the employees. His habit doesn’t stop there. If the rumors are true, Ben Affleck is up most nights playing online poker, losing as much as $20,000 every night.
- Charlie Sheen
A lot of things have been said about Charlie Sheen over the years. One juicy tidbit comes from his ex-wife during his 2006 divorce: $20,000 of tiger blood’s money goes into sports bets every week. Charlie Sheen, himself, claims to have made and lost a million-dollar wager. Says Sheen, “I felt nothing. And I went, O.K., there’s nothing left for me here. Unless my children are involved in the wager, no sense in making it, you know?” Charlie Sheen claims to have quit gambling since recovering from the loss of his spot on Two and a Half Men.