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Gambling transcends everything. No matter who you are, the rush of winning big is difficult is to replicate and people from all walks of life enjoy nothing better than taking the pot in a game of poker or emptying the casino’s pockets.

Despite being lucky enough in life, many celebrities still find the time to bring a bit of normality to their lives and enjoy some gambling. With that said, we’ve picked fiveĀ of the biggest names who can be found around the tables or at the racecourse.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon
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Although he played an MIT graduate poker player in the cult classic Rounders, Damon also enjoys a few hands in real life. The Martian, Good Will Hunting and Bourne star regularly attends tournaments across the world and even made an appearance with fellow poker fanatic, co-star and friend Ben Affleck at the World Series of Poker. He is also said to be a fan of celeb only games that are played behind closed doors, probably due to the obscene amounts of money being wagered.

Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck
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The new Batman certainly is actually quite an established poker player with career earnings of $356,000, but he is also alleged to be part of the group playing in the same high stakes ‘behind closed doors’ games with Damon and others including actor Tobey Maguire. He might struggle to visit any major casinos these days however, following a lifetime ban from the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas. The actor was apparently caught counting cards at the Blackjack table. It seems that being one of the highest paid actors in the world isn’t a reason to stop trying to beat the casino. Maybe Ben would be better off playing in the privacy of a secure online casino like 888casino, avoiding the prying eyes of the press.

Michael Owen

Michael Owen
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One of England’s best strikers, Michael Owen has now diverted his time and attention to the racecourse after hanging up his boots. The ex-Liverpool, Newcastle and Real Madrid striker certainly loved a flutter in his playing years and decided to spend some of his career earnings on his own stables, complete with 20 racehorses and world class facilities. Although his Dubai gold cup winning champion Brown Panther was sadly put to sleep after a leg break in 2015, Owen is still gunning for titles and can be spotted at race days across the world.

Joey Barton

Joey Barton
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Oh dear. Where do we start with Joey? Despite having a solid career that saw him turn out for the likes of Man City, Newcastle, Rangers, Burnley, QPR and Olympique Marseille, he seems to have ended his career on a sour note, being caught out by the FA after gambling on fixtures he was directly involved with or playing in. It seems that the draw of online football gambling was too much for Joey, although his record was pretty laughable and he certainly didn’t make any money out of it!

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell

The only connect and regular panel show presenter has become a familiar face on TV. Coren Mitchell started out in the world of poker however, taking part in professional tournaments and even becoming the first woman to enter the poker hall of fame. With career earnings of $2,470,243, she is certainly an excellent player.