There are lots of celebrities, professional athletes, and Hollywood actors who love a bit of gambling. Some people visit famous Las Vegas casinos in the hope of spotting Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, or some other celebrities. Movie stars and musicians are used to the glitz and glamour, so they feel at home at luxurious casinos. They also tend to have a lot of cash to burn so it is not surprising that playing poker, blackjack or roulette is on their agenda.
In this article, we are going to discuss 5 music celebrities with a Canadian iGaming expert, Michelle Thomas. She has extensive casino experience, and keeps her finger on the pulse of the gambling industry.
Let’s start with a music legend, Frank Sinatra. Sinatra sold over 150 million records and became an icon in popular culture. In the mid-60s, his name was synonymous with gambling. He had a lead role in the original Ocean’s 11, the movie that suited his gambling passion. He felt very much at home in Las Vegas where at some point his shows at Caesars Palace were the main attraction.
Frank was one of the founding members of the “Rat Pack” and he earned himself the image of a hard-drinker, womanizer, gambler celebrity. He even bought a casino resort during this period where he drank and gambled for a few years with his celebrity buddies.
In the 1960s all the gambling was done at brick-and-mortar casinos that not only attracted celebrities but mobsters and other shady individuals too. Nowadays, gambling is available to anyone regardless of where they are from. At Canadian casinos online you’ll find all the games you could wish for and there is nothing dodgy, shady, or embarrassing to play at them.
The former member of One Direction, one of the best-selling boy bands of all time, Harry Styles is doing well at the moment. His famous single “Watermelon Sugar” earned him a Grammy Award. He is also known for his flamboyant fashion style and personality. Harry enjoys spending some time at the game tables at casinos and his favourite game is blackjack.
In 2012 he already had a passion for gambling; however, he was only 18 at this point which is the legal gambling age in the UK. He tried to enter a Las Vegas casino with his bandmates and embarrassingly they were denied entry as you need to be over 21 to gamble in the US. Luckily in most provinces of Canada, the legal gambling age is 19 so young punters don’t have to wait as long as they would in the USA.
Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister
Music stars play slots too and this was the case with Lemmy, the late singer, and guitarist of Motörhead, an English rock band. Apart from slots he also enjoyed card games and the band’s most famous song Ace of Spades has card game references in its lyrics. Game developer NetEnt created a slot game as a tribute to the band. The Motörhead Video Slot was released in 2016 and not surprisingly you can listen to the Ace of Spades song while you’re playing the game.
Several Hollywood actors and music stars play poker as this competitive game is rather attractive to people who are used to success. The two times Grammy award-winner rapper and songwriter played the main event at the World Series of Poker in 2007. He is also regularly present at the poker tournaments of PokerStars such as the European Poker Tour or the Caribbean Adventure.
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American rapper, singer, and record producer Sean Combs, also known as Puff Daddy, Puffy, P. Diddy, or Diddy is not only famous for his music but his skills at the blackjack table. He is a patron of Las Vegas casinos, and he is a real Blackjack ambassador. He gets many invitations from casinos to be the public figure for their events and launches. He loves to play blackjack with his friends before he goes onstage.
As you could learn from this article, many music stars play casino games from slots to poker and blackjack. However, you don’t necessarily have to be rich and famous to enjoy these games at online casinos.