Posted April 25, 2019 by Chris in Features

Famous Rockstars who Gamble

Music is one of the most popular and lucrative arts in human society and that includes every genre there is, from the new romantics to heavy metal. Statistics prove the fact, in 2017 rap and hip hop took just over 22% of consumption share with other genres like pop and rock lagging just behind. We’ve seen first hand how music and casinos walk hand in hand, it’s impossible to think of a slot game without the visuals and the music that complete the package. In fact, history tells us that casinos and musicians have always had a great relationship. During the late sixties, everyone from Elvis to ZZ Top were the local performers at the top casinos and even today, massive concerts continually draw in the masses. From Las Vegas to the Bellagio and Caesars Palace, the foundation has always been built on Blackjack, Poker, Roulette and rock and roll!

In this article, we take a look at some famous celebrities throughout history and how their love for gambling impacted the industry.

Sean “P Diddy” Combs – Rap Artist

P Diddy, famous hip-hop artist, is a man of many talents. He’s not only well known for his massive achievements in the music industry, but also his enjoyment of extravagance and a passion for Blackjack, and he’s good at it too! In 2002, Harrah’s Atlantic City brought a new selection of Blackjack tables and placed them near the swimming pool. P. Diddy was invited to perform at the opening ceremony and was the first person that day to place his bet. Not just a recreational player of 21, it’s been reported that on a few occasions he’s requested Blackjack tables be set up backstage so that before his concerts and award shows he and his friends could indulge in a few hands of the game. As word spread about his love for Blackjack, he started getting more and more invitations to be the public figure for casino events and launches and today he’s well known in the industry as a Blackjack ambassador.

Scott Ian – Anthrax

The last remaining founding member of thrash metal band Anthrax, rhythm guitarist and vocalist Scott Ian always possessed a deep passion for music and poker. When he wasn’t rehearsing or performing concerts, Scott Ian spent his spare time playing the game at . During a brief moment in his life, he seriously considered the possibility of making it as a professional poker player, something his fans thought might happen. Unfortunately it wasn’t as easy combining music and poker as he had thought. Sometime during the internet revolution he discovered online casino gambling and settled back to enjoy online Poker, something he often mentions in his interviews. In a more recent meeting with one of the world’s top poker players, Phil Hellmuth, Scott spent much of his time at the famous Aruba Poker Classic tournament taking in as much poker as he could.

Steve Albini – Sound Engineer

World famous guitarist cum record engineer, Steve Albini has been a Poker enthusiast for many years now. A sound engineer for the rich and famous, he’s worked with prominent music bands such as Nirvana, Mogwai, Robert Plant, Pixies, PJ Harvey and also performed with Shellac, Chicago’s post-hardcore band. In an interview, he confirmed that his interest in card games dates back to his childhood where he and his grandmother would spend hours playing Poker together.  

Frank Sinatra – Ol’Blue Eyes

Frank Sinatra was a regular at Las Vegas casinos and it has bee said that he alone was responsible for creating a link between gambling and music in Sin City. He loved to play Blackjack and known to be a little unkind to card dealers, many stories tell how aggressive he could be when it came to the rules of Blackjack. In 1983 gaming officials in New Jersey investigated claims that Sinatra intimidated a Blackjack dealer into altering the rules when he played in Atlantic City. New Jersey rules require that Blackjack cards be dealt from an eight deck shoe and on one incident, whilst playing Blackjack with fellow entertainer Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra insisted that the dealer dispense the cards from a single deck. Although employees claimed that Sinatra and Martin were abusive, the Rat-pack duo denied that they had intimidated anyone. Sadly for the casino, in 1984 they were fined $250,000 for infractions by the dealers during that Blackjack game.

Ozzy Osbourne

Stockholm based entertainment company, NetEnt, announced that they will be launching a brand new video slot game featuring Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne, a man who often admits he enjoys gambling. The slot game called Metal Casino is set for an international launch at various online casinos including the U.K., Germany, Norway, Finland and at online casinos for Sweden.

Lemmy Kilmister – Motorhead

Rock stars don’t get any bigger than the late Lemmy Kilmister, the founder and front man for Motorhead and it was no secret that he was a keen gambler. One of the band’s biggest hits was Ace of Spades written by Kilmister himself and in a recent documentary called “Lemmy: The Movie” the producers offer great insight into Lemmy Kilmister’s love of slot games. In this interview, Lenny admitted that Ace if Spades had been written with reference to card games because it would have been a lot harder to write a rock song about playing one armed bandits.

For more interesting facts, check out this article on celebrity poker players.


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