It’s no secret that the vast majority of celebrities have mastered a range of different expressions to use for the cameras, so it should come as no surprise that the poker face is one of the most utilized. There have been many celebrities who have also tried their hand at professional poker throughout the years, whether it’s online, in the casino or even in tournaments. Here are some of the most well known faces who know how to put their poker face into practice:
Ronaldo Luis Nazario, or the Brazilian Ronaldo as he is commonly known, was once the greatest striker in the world of football, winning 2 World Cups for his country and a whole host of other titles. Now he’s a professional poker player, competing in numerous tournaments such as PokerStars and Monte-Carlo Casino EPT Grand Final. In 2015, he finished in a respectable 25th position at the PCA Main Event, closing for $42,000.
Aside from strutting her stuff on Baywatch for many years, Pamela Anderson is a very keen poker player, and spends a great deal of her time gambling in casinos. Unfortunately for the Canadian beauty, she hasn’t had the greatest luck in the past, and once lost $250,000 in one night at a Las Vegas casino! By chance, a wealthy admirer who happened to be present said that he would clear her debt in exchange for a kiss!
James Woods has enjoyed an illustrious career as a Hollywood actor, featuring in great films such as Once Upon A Time In America, Casino and Ghost Of Mississippi. Not only is the actor a huge fan of video games, but he has always been a poker enthusiast, but in recent years he has participated in a number of tournaments and gone up against some of the most seasoned players in the game.
Tobey Maguire is best known for slinging web and climbing buildings from his roles in the Spiderman movies, but he also has a reputation for putting down large stakes in poker games. According to those who’ve played at his table, he has a knack for talking someone out of a good hand, and has even been given the nickname of Hannibal Lecter because of his manipulative ways! He’s also reportedly one of the worst tippers to ever grace the poker table.
Although Ben Affleck is only 45 years old, it sometimes seems as though he’s been around forever. Perhaps part of the reason is he’s been on our screens since 1992, starring in the film, School Ties, while he’s also featured in classics such as Good Will Hunting, Armageddon and Pearl Harbor. Not only that, but he also starred in one of the greatest poker films of all time, Rounders. Ben Affleck is known to be a heavy gambler, and takes part in tournaments each year. He was also reportedly banned from a blackjack table in Las Vegas after repeatedly beating the house!
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