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Vaughn Lowery, Culver city, 360 MAGAZINE

Top Casinos for Celebrity Gamblers

Celebrities are attracted to certain gambling destinations over others. When deciding on where to gamble, they will stick to upscale places and where they can do other things besides betting. They also tend to choose places that are close to home, since these getaways are shorter than other types of vacations. 

Las Vegas is the most popular celeb betting destination in the world, according to experts. It is an hour’s flight from Los Angeles and has several non-gaming activities including luxury shopping at stores. You will also find premium dining with restaurants by acclaimed chefs, lavish spas including and thriving nightlife. 

Las Vegas is also popular as it gives privacy. The casinos at Vegas are known to be quite accommodative to the celebs. Here they can have a spectacle or be protected from the public eye. 

The Palms Casino, for instance, arranges poker, roulette, craps or blackjack in separate rooms of the casino for celebrities by request. Ben Affleck, James Giambi, Bruce Willis, Pamela Anderson, and Ryan Seacrest are frequent visitors to this casino. The establishment stands on a 95,000 square foot ground and features both the Mint and a general gaming area. This is a high-limit lounge that offers games such as roulette and blackjack. 

There is also a no-limit poker parlor where Ben Affleck played until morning with $1,000 chips. Pamela Anderson has bet at the Playboy slot and Bruce Willis has been down $100,000 at the craps table in the general area.

Apart from Las Vegas, there are other areas that celebrities like to gamble. In Atlantic City, for example, there is the Borgata Hotel and Casino that opened in 2003. Upon its opening, a slew of luxury stores including Armani and Gucci followed next in 2006. The transformation of Atlantic City from messy to posh has attracted many celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Nick Lachey, Jon Bon Jovi, and Jamie Lyn Sigler to gamble at the Borgata. This is an upscale casino that stands on 161,000 square-foot and features gleaming hardwood floors, marble columns, and attractive archways. It also features 4, 100 slot machines, an 85-table poker room, and 200 gaming tables. Poker, blackjack, and craps are the popular celebrity games here—Jamie Lynn Sigler has been seen playing craps. 

Borgata has significantly revolutionized Atlantic City with its class and sophistication. It has managed to attract a more upscale mass, which includes stars specifically those living in New York, since it is close by. 

Another casino that is frequent with celebrities is the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco. Jenifer Lopez has been seen entering the casino. This is a gambling and entertainment complex that includes a casino, the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, and the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo. The casino has two separate gambling sections, one for the general public and the other to VIPs. The Salons privés is accessible only to frequent casino customers and all table games are offered in a more exclusive setting without the slots. In the salons super-privés, customized games are permitted and here players can win as much as they want. 

The table games are available in the Salle Europe, which is the main gaming room, while slots are offered in Amérique and Salles Renaissance rooms. These two rooms are open to the general public. 

In Los Angeles, Commerce Casino is on the limelight for attracting celebrity gamblers. Ben Affleck was able to win $1,500 at a high-stakes poker game. 

Internationally, celebrities head to the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia. This is the largest casino in the Southern Hemisphere and is known to have attracted stars like Andy Roddick, Maria Sharapova, and Justin Timberlake. On the main floor, the casino features small themed rooms for games including blackjack, baccarat, and poker. For several times, Andy Roddick has been seen playing poker in the designated room. 

In Canada, the Parq Vancouver Casino is another frequented gambling house for big Celebs. Although they may be losing their reputation as a marquis destination after a highly publicized case of racial profiling alleged by Canadian rapper Drake. After being denied entry into the casino, Drake purported to have been racially profiled on Twitter. The casino’s response was that they were simply following the law recently put in place to stop money laundering.

Visit one of these top spots and you will find that while you may not be certain of big winnings, running into a celebs that like to gamble might make losing easier.