Of all the celebrities in the world, many of them are known to be poker players. Whether they play online poker or live games is an unanswered question, but there can be no doubt that most celebrities like to gamble. This list attempts to rank the most popular celebrity poker players among gamblers.
Tobey Maguire is best known for his role as Spider-Man, but he has also played a lot of poker in real life. In fact, although becoming a professional player is not easy, he used to play poker professionally before getting into movies and other lucrative jobs. He first discovered cards at a young age while spending a summer with a friend’s family at their lake house. The whole family was very close-knit and enjoyed playing games together, especially poker. Tobey Maguire’s career as an actor took off quickly after he got cast for the Spidey series. Poker wasn’t so lucky, though – players often complain that they never heard from Maguire anymore after he made it big in Hollywood.
Daniel Negreanu is well-known as the best poker player today. He’s currently ranked #1 on the all-time money list for live poker tournaments, and he has won six World Series of Poker bracelets over his career. Besides being known as one of the greatest players ever, Negreanu is also known to be good friends with Tobey Maguire. Though many rumors have spread about their friendship, including that they are business partners who play at high stakes together, this information remains unverified.
Another celebrity poker player is Lance Burton – he may not be quite as famous as the first two, but he still ranks among the world’s top 100 tournament players according to Card Player Magazine’s The Hendon Mob website. Who is Lance Burton? Well, he’s a magician and an actor who has appeared on many TV shows through the years. These days he is mainly focused on his magic show in Las Vegas, but playing poker remains one of his favorite hobbies.
Before his heart surgery, Burt Reynolds was known to be a pretty strong poker player – especially at home games and high-stakes cash tables. He made friends with Bill Clinton and has played several times with him over the past decade (though not recently). Becoming a top poker player is just one of the many things that Reynolds has excelled at, as he’s also known to be an actor with many successful films under his belt. Films like The Cannonball Run, Deliverance, Hooper and Smokey & The Bandit are some of his most popular.
Olga Korbut won four gold medals at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, but she’s probably much better known as one of the world’s greatest gymnasts. What you might not know is that she also happens to be an avid poker player – especially online. Olga claims to have started playing online after her knee injury in 1983 made it difficult for her to continue training. At first, nobody believed that Olga was actually doing well because it seemed strange that a woman who had never played before would do so well right away since skilled male players usually ruled the tables. But sure enough, she eventually received a lot of respect from other players in the community.
Rich Sommer is currently well-known for his role in Mad Men, but he also happens to be a very avid poker player. In fact, playing poker has been one of Rich’s passions since childhood, when he used to play with his father and grandfather. After getting cast for Mad Men, many people thought that Rich would stop playing poker because it seemed like it would interfere with the show’s intense filming schedule – but that wasn’t the case at all.
Michael Phelps is a real superstar who needs little introduction – most people know him as a swimmer and a record-breaking Olympian. But few people know that Phelps also made a name for himself in the poker world, where he won over $100,000 after just one night of playing at an underground casino in London. It’s no secret that Phelps loves to play poker, but it’s still unclear whether or not he has had any major successes since then.
One celebrity who is known to have some serious poker skills is Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt – AKA Ben Affleck. He usually plays with a few old-school friends when they get together, and apparently, they all love Texas Hold ‘Em so much that they even play with their own money. Affleck has always been a big fan of poker, and he is known to have played in many tournaments, including the 2004 World Series of Poker, where his team reached the final table with him on it.
So there you have it – some of the biggest celebrities are actually serious poker players. Who would have thought? Just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, an actor by his/her roles.