In all spheres of entertainment, you can find examples of people who have fallen for the trap of gambling addiction and have been betting with varying degrees of success. Here we have two athletes and three musicians.
Tiger Woods is almost as known for his recurring gambling problems as he is for his outstanding talent for golf. Woods allegedly bets up to 25,000 dollars for each hand in blackjack. His addiction has led the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas to limit his gambling to a maximum of 1 million dollars.
During many of his gambling sessions, he was accompanied by two of his friends and fellow athlete gambling addicts, Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley.
Allan Iverson is a prime example of how irresponsible gambling can destroy everything a person has worked for. He was a skilled basketball player who made 200 million dollars with the NBA.
Then, in an endless loop of gambling and drinking, Iverson threw it all in the trash. To this day, Allen Iverson is reportedly in debt. The addiction also cost him his family and business life, as his wife left him and many sponsors abandoned their deals.
The severe issue reached such a point that Iverson engaged in altercations with casino employees and has been banned from several gambling venues in Detroit and Atlantic City.
The rapper is famous for being an avid sports bettor and for placing some of the most extravagant bets you can think of. He bet 2 million dollars on Floyd Mayweather (another big-time gambler) at a boxing match against Manny Pacquiao.
On another occasion, he bet 500,000 dollars on the New York Giants. The team ended up defeating the San Francisco 49ers and winning the Super Bowl.
CeeLo Green is the stage name of the acclaimed musician Thomas DeCarlo Callaway. In fact, Cee-Lo is the name of a popular casino game with varying rules and played with three six-sided dice.
CeeLo Green must really love gambling, then. You have probably noticed that much of the imagery in CeeLo’s videos and on the artwork for his music revolves around gambling, casinos and Vegas.
Sully Erna is the lead vocalist for the successful metal band Godsmack and also performs solo since 2010. One of his most beloved games is poker.
The tattoo on his back kind of says it all. Erna has inked four aces in flames along with the phrase “no justice”. Curiously, the tattoo was done after he lost a poker game.
Some of these celebs have ruined their lives while others have continuously had luck by their side. That’s gambling 101.