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Jail: Las Vegas

Seven Celebrities with Surprising Gambling Problems

by davidbreitman   November 22, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 28,497

3. Charlie Sheen

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Normally, it’s not a good idea to believe the psychotic divorce ramblings of a woman known as “the hot chick who made out with Neve Campbell in that crappy Matt Damon movie 15 years ago.” However, given his track record of prostitution and mediocre sitcom acting, perhaps it’s not irresponsible to believe Denise Richards claim that Charlie Sheen has lost copious amounts of money betting on everything from sporting events to casino games.

Ironically enough, BetUs.com has actually posted gambling odds on what Sheen will get arrested for next. If it wasn’t a conflict of interest, Sheen might take some serious action on “gun.”

Odds on what Charlie Sheen get arrested for next:
•    Drugs                                    5/1
•    DUI                                       3/1
•    Gun                                       5/1
•    Domestic Violence                   7/5
•    Prostitute                               5/6

2. Michael Jordan

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There are two things that Michael Jordan is better at than anybody on the planet:
1)    Being an a-hole.
2)    Gambling copious amounts of money on himself.

He’s also apparently pretty good at basketball, but that’s not important.
The asshole thing became pretty apparent during his infamous Hall of Fame induction speech/pat on the back, but where does his gambling lore come from?

Answer: The golf course.

Jordan famously bet $1 million on a single hole of golf and is rumored to play six-figure games several times a week. In terms of dollars wagered, there is no other celebrity and/or underwear salesman who compares to number 23.

1. Gladys Knight

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A walking answer in the nature vs. nurture debate, Knight was not born into gambling addiction, but rather developed it through years of Las Vegas living and occasional Reno slumming.

In an interview with JET, Knight – who would lose up to $45,000/night playing baccarat said that, “The pit bosses and dealers became my family. I felt protected. I lost my way for a while. I had gotten to the point where I would spend things that I shouldn't have been spending. I was in debt to a degree. It hurt me to hurt my family. I know people were talking about it, saying, 'She's got a problem.' I've always been a private person, but it was getting to be a very public thing. In a way, I was ruining a good name. I'd get out of my bed and go to the casino at 2:00 a.m. I was out of control.”

Like all great articles, it's important to end on a depressing cry for help. Happy gambling!


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