Famous Musicians Who Were Also Gamblers
The fact that musicians and pop stars earn huge amounts of money and can have long spells of free time to kill means that many of them love to gamble. From slot machines to blackjack and poker, the list of games that famous musicians love to play is long and varied.
While some of the names on this list may be ones you would expect to see, there are also some stars of the music scene with an unexpected love of wagering.
Not many people will be surprised to see that the Motorhead singer and bassist was a huge gambling fan. However, the surprise is that the hard-living musician was well known to be a huge fan of slots machines as well as card games.
Of course, the group’s most famous song was Ace of Spades, which he co-wrote and which was the group’s greatest hit. Lenny admitted that it was written with references to card games thrown in because it would have been a lot harder to write a rock song about playing one armed bandits.
Rap star Nelly is a major poker player these days. In fact, the rapper has travelled extensively to take part in big pokers events on the worldwide circuit.
He even took part in the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker, as well as the The PokerStars European Poker Tour along with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
While many musicians and pop stars play for fun and only wager what they can afford to lose, Gladys Knight ran into problems because she just didn’t know where to stop. Her autobiography revealed that she had been addicted to baccarat and sports betting the best part of a decade before finally managing to control her gambling habits.
Thankfully, the Empress of Soul – best known for songs such as Neither One of Us and Midnight Train to Georgia – appears to be back to happily enjoying life, although it isn’t clear whether she still likes to gamble in moderation.
While he rose to fame as a guitarist for Anthrax, Scott Ian is now more famous for being a celebrity poker player. He discovered a love for the game when he was used to play for fun on the tour bus in the 1980s.
Since then, he has played in huge events such as the Aruba Poker Classic while rubbing shoulders with the planet’s best players. He is now one of the most famous and widely recognised poker players around in his own right.
Frank was the man who brought glamour to Las Vegas, as he and the rest of the Rat Pack drunk and gambled long into the night. Sinatra was around the Las Vegas scene from his first performance back in the early 50s through to the 1990s.
In fact, the singer is credited with helping the city to achieve worldwide fame as a gambling destination. He even owned his own casino at one point too.