Poker is so popular overseas that it attracts players from all walks of life. Celebrities, sportspersons, actors have all tried their hands at poker by playing the World Series of Poker and other prominent poker events!
Let’s take a look at some of the biggest celebrities that have also made a mark in the poker industry.
One of the most popular celebrity poker players around, Jennifer Tilly has had her fair share of success in poker as well! She gained interest in the game through her father and with time, she was able to earn over a million dollars through poker! In 2005, she participated in the Ladies No-Limit Texas Hold’em event and won a WSOP bracelet.
Ben Affleck is one of the most popular actors in the world and one of the few celebrities who has a high ranking poker accolade to his name. During the 2004 California State Poker Championships, Ben Affleck won $356,400 playing poker.
Affleck accredits his poker skills to Amir Vahedi and Daniel Negreanu. In one of his playing moments in the Hard Rock Casino, he was accused of card counting, where he was subsequently banned.
Jean Robert Bellande
Known in the poker world as ‘Action Bob’, JRB has made himself to be a charismatic and fearless poker player. He won his first WSOP bracelet in 2018 and plays regularly in Macau. Bellande has also competed in “Survivor, China”,
but he was eliminated to join the jury panel. JRB has very active social media pages, and he boasts millions of followers. He admits that he has won and lost millions in high-stakes games. Additionally, he has also made over $2.9 million from tournaments.
Matt Damon is known to the poker world because of his performance in the movie ‘Rounders’. Probably the greatest poker movie ever made, Matt Damon’s performance inspired a lot of players to go professional! He frequently visits the World Series of Poker, and has won a lot of hands and got himself YouTube videos for his plays!
One of the most popular actors in the world, Tobey Maguire plays live as well as online poker! In one of the events, Maguire is said to have taken part in a high-stakes poker game with other actors, including Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
No doubt that colossal sums of money changed hands on that day. These games were later put together to form Molly’s Game movie based on true events. These are some of the celebrities who love the game of poker as like so many of us do!
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