Hello friends how are you all? Today we are going to talk about the Top Five Hollywood Poker Players In The World. Poker continues to be one of the most popular games played around the world.
Right now, the world’s best poker players are in Las Vegas competing for the title of champion of the World Series of Poker. The tournament is back in the public eye and is also being broadcast on TV and streamed across the globe.
Although the game is making household names out of some of its major players currently at the table, many more well-known icons from Hollywood enjoy upping the ante. Following the release of the movie Rounders in the late ’90s,
there was an upsurge in players taking to the game thanks to its portrayal in John Dahl’s now-iconic flick. It starred Matt Damon as Mike McDermott, a down-on-his-luck law student who enters a high stakes game to help pay off a friend’s debt to a Russian mobster.
Top Five Hollywood Poker Players In The World
Since then, there has been the release of Molly’s Game in 2017, which was based on the true story of a former Olympic-level skier that became the hostess of the most infamous poker club in the world. Players at the table were real highflyers from the world of politics, big business, and the movies too.
Several Hollywood stars took part in the sessions organized by Molly Bloom, proving there was a network of celebrities who played across film and television. Actors are perhaps the best poker players because they’ll know how to pull off a bluff. Poker.org detail how being bluffed is a key part of playing poker,
and who better to do it than those involved in making you think they’re someone else in blockbuster films? But being good at portraying another character, almost at the flick of a switch doesn’t guarantee success in poker too.
We’ve compiled a list of some of those high-profile players who love to go all-in away from the silver screen.
The American actor and film director is probably best known for his recent roles as Batman as well as starring in the Michael Bay directed hit movie, Armageddon and writing the screenplay for Good Will Hunting. The Californian resident is just as revered for his time playing poker too. Back in 2004, he won the California State Poker Championship which earned him over $300,000 and he’s still an avid player to this day, often appearing in tournaments around the USA.
This popular comedian and film star love to play poker in his spare time. The diminutive actor who featured in the recently rebooted Jumanji series and voices Snowball in The Secret Life of Pets is a serious player. Hart has so far said to have accumulated almost $50,000 in tournament winnings and like Affleck, he’s often seen at the table.
The former Spider-Man and Seabiscuit star is said to be a formidable opponent at the table and is rumored to be one of the players at the table in Molly’s Game. Maguire featured at the World Series of Poker in 2007, earning himself just under $40,000, and won $95,000 in a tournament hosted by Phil Hellmuth, one of the best players ever to play the game.
Edward Norton has had a distinguished career in Hollywood to date, starring in movies such as American History X, Red Dragon, Primal Fear, and Bourne Legacy. But he also featured in Rounders, which unsurprisingly introduced him to the game of poker. He’s known to love the mathematical and strategic side of the game and played in the 1998 World Series of Poker.
No list of celebrity poker players is complete without Matt Damon; the man who helped push along the game’s boom back at the turn of the century is an avid player. The star of the Bourne series of movies and Rounders is often seen in tournament play and has featured at the World Series.