If you have been to extravagant casinos in Las Vegas like the Bellagio or The Palms, chances are you have seen famous celebrities there including Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Bruce Willis, Ray Romano, Jennifer Tilly, Ryan Seacrest, and Pamela Anderson, to name just a few. In a Forbes article, Frank Fahernkopf, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association shares, “They also tend to stick close to home, since these getaways are generally shorter than other kinds of vacations.”
Aside from its close proximity to Los Angeles, Sin City is a favorite gaming destination for celebrities because the casinos are very accommodating to their requests for privacy from the paparazzi. At The Palms, for instance, separate areas are arranged for poker, craps, roulette, or blackjack upon request. So, what casino games do celebrities love to play? Let’s take a look:
Slots are machines that have reels that spin and stop to display symbols, such as fruits, diamonds, or hearts. Typically, a player inserts coins into the slot machine (also called a fruit machine in the UK and poker machine in Australia) before they could play a game. Once this is done, the player either pulls a handle or presses a button and the reels start to spin. Once the reels stop, the symbols are revealed and, if they match, the player wins a certain amount of money.
According to Market Realist, slots rank first among the top five favorite casino games in the United States, garnering 61% of casino visitors’ attention. Slots are very engaging and fun, with all the colors and movements of the game, which is why it is no surprise that stars like Pamela Anderson, known for her modelling days for Playboy and also as one of the cast members in the hit 1990s TV series Baywatch are often seen behind a slot machine in Las Vegas.
Playing slots can be as relaxing as they are entertaining. And, as support for smartphone play is now almost universal in the casino industry, more people are getting involved in uk mobile casinos like 32Red than ever before. The brand has included more than 100 of its slot and other casino games in its downloadable app, meaning that it’s entirely possible to play without touching a desktop at all. The brand claims that its mobile offering is as functional as its website version (the same but “put through a hot wash”), featuring favorite games like Thunderstruck II and Mega Moolah.
Source: Pamela Anderson via Facebook
In the game of blackjack, the dealer hands out two cards to every player and keeps two cards, with one card facing up and the other facing down. The goal of the game is to get as close to 21 as possible. The players take turns calling “hit” to get one card. They can also call “double” if they want to double their bet. In case a player has two identically numbered cards, they can split.
The most popular Hollywood A-lister known for his skills at blackjack is Ben Affleck, who was often seen with Matt Damon at casino tables. With a net worth of $75 million, Affleck was often seen entering high-stake tournaments. And in just two trips, he raked in a total of almost $1 million –$140,000 back in 2000 and $800,000 a year later. In a New York Post article, it was reported that Affleck gave away all of the $140,000 that he had won back in 2000, tipping the dealers, waitresses, and other staff as much as $5,000.
As with most casino games, blackjack is also hugely popular online. Many operators offer different variations on the game, with 32Red offering 12 editions of the table game, while live versions of the game are available on sites such as Betsson with real, human dealers running the game in real time. Elsewhere, the British variation of the game, Pontoon, is available via sites such as Betmotion in the form of Pontoon Pro.
Source: Casino Atlantic City via Facebook
Online Sports Betting
With online sports betting, the same rules apply just like traditional sports betting but the payments are made online. The game is quite easy–you just guess which player or team would win the game and wager on them. Sports betting on mobile apps can be played with real money or free money earned from bonuses from signing up and other promos.
What makes online sports betting and other mobile casino games appealing to celebrities like Charlie Sheen, who is a huge fan of sports betting and other casino games like poker, is that they can always play their favorite games wherever they go. All they need to do is download the app on Apple App Store or Google Play and they have their own casino or betting world in the palm of their hands 24/7.
Source: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino via Facebook
Casino games are universally loved by men and women of all ages and stature, and big Hollywood celebrities are no exception. If you want to get starstruck, you know where to find them!