Five Famous Musicians Who Gambled Thursday November 26 2020, 10:58 AM
Five Famous Musicians Who Gambled

In certain states in the US, gambling is very popular, but most musicians and celebrities aren’t too happy about their gambling habits being out in the open. 

Whilst most gambling or casino players choose to play at sites you can see here , many of us enjoy taking the time of work and visiting Vegas or Atlantic City for the atmospheric buzz. Meanwhile, over the years, many high profile musicians have enjoyed gambling activities to the extent that it couldn’t be hidden any longer. We are taking a look at such musicians below.

Lemmy Kilmister

He founded and led the Motorhead heavy metal band, and was a very huge lover of gambling. This singer that passed in December 2015 loved to play card games and video slots. The gambling habits of Lemmy were chronicled by some of his colleagues in the music industry, as revealed in the 'Lemmy: The Movie' documentary. They spoke about how he pays regular visits to casinos in London to play slot machine games, and how he relaxes with Jack Daniels and coke while doing so.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra was legendary in music and acting, and has a lot of links with the sin city. That explains why his name is the first on the list and why he would take to gambling. Reports have it that the singer was in love with gambling, but never took losses lightly. He was always seen fuming after losing and after being denied some credits. In fact, one of the reports has it that he so loved gambling that in 1960, he purchased the Cal Neva Resort & Casino together with Sam Giancana of Chicago Mobs and Dean Martin. Under the ownership of the musician, the Las Vegas based resort soared in popularity, to the extent that a celebrity room was established for famous people. Meanwhile, in 1968, Sinatra’s gambling license was revoked by the Gaming Control Board of Nevada for conducting illegal activities in the casino hall. Because of this, he had to sell the resort.

Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight is among the biggest musicians in the world and many people still see her as the empress of soul music. But people who know her history will understand that her life has been full of ups and downs, with gambling addiction as one of her downturns. Information out there has it that she suffered gambling addiction problems all through the 1980s, and within this period, she reportedly lost up to $60,000 in just a night at a baccarat table. She wrote a book titled 'Between Each Line and Glory,' where she revealed that her career ended, her relationship with her son was destroyed, and her other relationships crumbled due to gambling addiction. But the good news is that she sought help from the Gamblers Anonymous, and got back to her feet through their assistance. Nobody knows whether she is still into gambling as we write.

Ceelo Green

Ceelo Green is a singer and rapper who have given the world loads of hit songs that are fun to listen to. However, many people who know him, love him, and enjoy his music are not aware that he is a very serious gambler. The game that Ceelo loves to spend time with is dice. The dice game that the man named Thomas DeCarlo Callaway enjoys most is the one with six sides, and some people even allude that it’s the number that inspired his stage name, Ceelo.


Another fan of gambling within the ranks of popular musicians is the rapper Nelly. The star is said to play poker games regularly. Report has it that he has travelled to different parts of the world to play in poker events. The report also indicated that he was one of the participants in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, The PokerStars European Poker Tour, and the 2007 World Series of Poker . These are all very big events in the poker gambling world.

Now, it is good to note that apart from musicians, a whole lot of actors also enjoy gambling. They include Tobey McGuire, Ray Romano, Ben Affleck, and James Woods, plus some celebrities in some other fields. With all these big names getting involved in gambling, it simply means that gambling could be fun, so far as you gamble responsibility, limiting the time and money you spend on it.


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