I love the stories about ordinary people winning huge amounts of cash playing poker, slots, and table games. But today’s news stories aren’t about that. Instead, they’re about celebrity gamblers – or the worlds of casinos and celebrities colliding. Here’s our week-in-review of celebrity gambling news.
James Woods suffers food poising at WSOP
There are some great restaurants in Las Vegas. We’re talking celebrity chef-owned steakhouses. Gourmet burger places. Incredible sushi. High-end fine dining. Delis. Everything.
I’m not sure where actor James Woods ate the other day, but I plan to definitely avoid that establishment the next time I’m in Sin City. The Hollywood actor-turned-poker-player, in town for the World Series of Poker, was carried out of the tournament room on a stretcher back on June 8th.
Thankfully, it wasn’t anything more serious than food poisoning, but for someone experiencing it, it can be pretty scary. I’m glad he’s OK.
Baltimore gets Vegas-style celebrity restaurants
Speaking of food, you don’t have to travel to Vegas to savor celebrity-inspired cuisine. A new casino being erected in Baltimore is slated to open a 220-seat restaurant, owned by celebrity chef Aaron Sanchez from the show Chopped that airs on The Food Network.
And because we just can’t get enough of the Food Network masters, Guy Fieri, the host of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, is planning to open Guy Fieri’s Baltimore Kitchen & Bar. I’m guessing by the name that it’ll be like Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, so my stomach is pretty excited.
Ben Affleck gets kicked out of a Canadian casino
Remember the story from a few weeks back about Hollywood actor and Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck getting tossed out of the Hard Rock in Las Vegas? Remember how he was allegedly banned? Well, it looked like the Caped Crusader has done it again. While in between scenes filming the new Batman vs. Superman movie in Michigan, Affleck hopped across the border to Canada for a little Blackjack action at Caesars Windsor.
Well, it looks like the pit bosses read gambling news because they immediately shut down the tables that Affleck was playing at and asked him to leave the casino. Affleck is now known as a pretty decent card counter with an incredible ability to win a lot of cash. Though, to be fair, if he were that great of a card counter he wouldn’t have been caught counting cards.