Allen Iverson is an 11-time NBA All-Star who’s known for scoring the most baskets in four NBA seasons. Iverson spent hours and sometimes even days at a time playing blackjack and roulette. Sadly, his dedication to gambling led to less commendable results than his dedication to basketball.
Allen Iverson is prohibited from entering multiple casinos because of inappropriate behavior. In 2004, Iverson was banned from Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City after being caught urinating in a trash can. Reports claim the NBA star lost often and responded by throwing chips at guards and dealers and being unruly with staff and patrons. This ban might have been one of the first, but it was not the last; he is also banned from MGM casinos and the Greektown Casino.
Socialite, entrepreneur and reality TV show star Paris Hilton is another celebrity who loves to gamble. Not only has she dated professional poker players, but Hilton is also a serious blackjack and poker player. In 2012, she won $30,000 playing blackjack at the Wynn Hotel. She’s also had her fair share of losses. She’s rumored to have lost her luxury car, worth $165,000, in a private high-stakes poker game.
But the story that really made headlines was Hilton’s ban from the Wynn and Encore casino resorts in 2010. The ban had to be implemented when officers discovered cocaine in Paris Hilton’s possession at the Wynn Las Vegas lobby. She later pleaded guilty to drug possession and obstructing an officer.
Vince Neil is famous for being the lead singer of the Mötley Crüe band. His heavy metal band has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Every story has two sides, including the case where Neil was banned from the Palms casinos in 2012. The story goes that Neil criticized the Palms in a Twitter rant, urging his followers to avoid the establishment. After saying that the executives were distrusting and dishonest, Neil vowed to never set foot there again.
The Palms ensured he followed through and banned Neil from all Palms casinos. The casino explained that the star’s inappropriate behavior and the insulting Twitter tirade were reason enough for the ban. Neil later responded that the casino was lying. He still enjoys performing and gambling at many other establishments around the country.
You can’t talk about celebrity poker superstars without mentioning Ben Affleck. The award-winning actor, writer, director and producer is known as a skilled poker player. To switch things up, Affleck decided to join a high-rollers blackjack table at a Hard Rock Casino in 2014. What could go wrong?
There was one issue. Affleck is a known advantage player. He knows how to exploit how a game works to gain an advantage over the house or other players. Seeing how well Affleck was doing at the blackjack table, the Hard Rock staff began to suspect the actor was counting cards. They told him he was playing too well and that he was no longer allowed to play blackjack at a Hard Rock Casino.
Card counting is not illegal, but being suspected of doing so at a blackjack table is enough to get you banned. Luckily for Affleck, live dealer casino games are available to play online. Sources say Affleck has since started playing online casino games like poker and baccarat. We can’t say if Affleck was card counting or using any other strategy, but we do think he’d make a formidable opponent in a high-stakes celebrity home poker game.
Dana White is used to winning. The president of the UFC has an estimated net worth of $500 million and he’s earned it. The entrepreneur was able to turn the bankrupt UFC into the largest Mixed Martial Arts organization in the world.
The problem is that White is equally lucky and strategic in casino games and has won millions playing blackjack at the Palms. The house was so tired of losing that they cut his credit line in half and limited his blackjack bets to $5,000 a hand. Even though White wasn’t completely banned, he quickly retaliated and pulled UFC engagements from the resort.
Celebrities going online
More and more celebrities are choosing to play at casinos online. Maybe it’s the freedom from the paparazzi or the added convenience. Whatever the reason, it demonstrates that online casinos are no longer just there to support land-based casinos; they are redefining the world of gambling as a whole. Join the movement and find a casino game to play online.
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