Top 5 Biggest Losses by Celebrity Gamblers: Ben Affleck Loses $400k in One Poker Round

Many celebrities like to hit the casino now and then. Some even engage in professional gambling tournaments. Considering their earnings from their jobs, they have enough money to spend whenever they want to gamble. Unfortunately, it’s not all the time that they win big. Some also incur big losses along the way. Below is a list of the top 5 biggest losses by celebrities who like to gamble.

5. Pamela Anderson

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Of course, everyone knows Pamela Anderson, who has graced Playboy magazine and starred in the hit television series “Baywatch.” The Canadian-American actress and model has made big money from her work, especially at the peak of her career in the ‘90s. Interestingly, away from the spotlight, she developed a love for casino gaming, particularly poker. It’s been said that she lost $250,000 in one sitting at one point.

4. Ben Affleck

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Hollywood A-lister Ben Affleck has a very successful career as an actor. He has starred in big movies and has an impressive $150 million net worth. But just like the other people on this list, he has also been engaging in casino gambling for some time. He’s even good at poker. Unfortunately, it’s not always a win for Jennifer Lopez’s husband. According to reports, he once lost $400k in one round of poker. And get this, he lost it to the former president of Universal Studios, Ron Meyer, in a secret game.

3. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

Believe it or not, the former professional basketball player lost $1 million in just one single golf game. The athlete-turned-businessman decided to bet $250,000 per putt, and he lost a significant amount after the game. That happened years ago, and when it did, Michael Jordan had an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion. So it was not enough to even faze the former Chicago Bulls player. Today, the amount he lost from the bet is more like a chump change for him as he is now worth $3.2 billion.

2. Charlie Sheen

Charlie Sheen

The Hollywood star, known for ”Two and a Half Men,” “Hot Shots,” and “Spin City,” is relatively famous in the gambling scene. Charlie Sheen is said to have struggled with gambling addiction that when Denise Richards filed for divorce, she claimed that he was betting $200,000 every week. Things got out of hand pretty quickly, and he allegedly lost $2.5 million in just three months.

1. Tiger Woods

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The top spot of this list belongs to none other than the world-famous professional golfer Tiger Woods. He is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. It’s no secret that he loves gambling whenever he’s not busy with the sport. But just like in golf, it’s also not guaranteed that he gets to bring home the jackpot all the time. He once lost $25,000 while playing blackjack. But that’s not all. According to data presented by, he has lost a total of $58.5 million in 7 years. But then again that sounds like nothing to a man who has a staggering $1.3 billion net worth.

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Luigi Caler

Luigi Caler has been writing and editing for various news sites since 2013. He's been with International Business Times for almost a decade. Alongside this, he managed several online casino review sites, including Online Casino Critique and Online Casino Doctor, before joining Somuchpoker. He is well-versed in writing news stories related to casino events, poker tournaments, and sports betting. He also crafts informative and fun-to-read feature stories about poker pros and celebrity poker players.

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