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Breaking The Odds: Top 5 Musicians, Who Spent A Fortune On Gambling

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Breaking The Odds: Top 5 Musicians, Who Spent A Fortune On Gambling
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Pop music has always been associated with rebels.  Some have more, while others have less. Musicians have traditionally been at the center of loud discussions. Drugs, drink, gambling, and rock & roll surrounded them. And if everyone knows about artists who had drinking or drug problems, then those who liked to play poker now or gamble a little bit fewer people.

And there aren't too few of them. And the topic is quite interesting and worthy of attention. Because even in rock music there are a lot of songs about gambling. And that's only part of what's remained from the 1980s. Many musicians are now just as into it and use various methods to withdraw money, such as This makes it simple and fast to collect your prizes.

Today we'll look at 5 famous musicians who liked to gamble or play in casinos. Let's start. 

Why is gambling so popular among musicians?

The answer to this is quite simple. And no, it's not because all pop/rock musicians are rebels and just like to ruin their lives.

For most, it is simply a sort of entertainment.  They enjoy the sensation because it gives them a rush, and this is because it makes them feel wonderful. 

Also, popular musicians have a lot of money, and losing a non-big amount costs them nothing. And it'll be even great if they win. They will begin to regard themselves as the "god of gambling."


Madonna is probably the most popular pop singer in the world. Her songs are recognized by a huge number of people. She is listened to and loved. But she has always had an interesting character that can be called "Rebel".

Since the mid-1980s, Madonna has made an annual trip to Las Vegas. And gambling quickly became a part of her life. Madonna is a regular player of the Italian lottery SuperEnaLotto. 

She has stated several times that she believes gambling is a good hobby. Of course, if you have a large sum of money to lose. Otherwise, you may be unable to cope.

Ian 'Lemmy' Kilmister

This guy is a tough one. He wrote the song Motorhead Ace of Spades. It's also a song about poker and gambling. Lemmy Kilmister has claimed that crafting the song was a word exercise on gambling, complete with all the expected clichés. 

Lemmy has always enjoyed gambling. It is said that his moniker 'Lemmy' is derived from the phrase 'lend me some money,' with 'lend me' being pronounced 'lemmy'. One of the band's videos begins with him sitting and playing a slot machine.

Unfortunately, Lemmy had already passed away in 2015. He lived quite a long life considering his "live fast die fast" lifestyle. 

But we will all always remember this band, their songs about gambling, and how they brought it to the world.

Jay Z

Gamblers are also involved in the rap game. Jay Z is a prominent figure in the rap scene. He is regarded as one of the world's top rap musicians, with extremely deep tunes. 

He does, however, enjoy gambling and playing poker on occasion. Jay Z has purportedly defined himself as a professional gambler, with his preferred games being poker and blackjack. He normally plays in solitude, but he has been seen at high-stakes tables in casinos. According to reports, he lost half a million dollars on a single hand of poker in Las Vegas.

This rapper enjoys board games and frequently visits Las Vegas. The singer states that gambling allows him to unwind and disconnect from daily stress.

50 Cent

Curtis James Jackson, better known as 50 Cent, is another rap musician on our list. He also enjoys gambling at casinos. He was frequently seen doing this, and there was even a circumstance in 2015 when he declared bankruptcy.

The rapper is also noted for his large sports wagers, including a $500,000 wager on the New York Giants against the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship in 2012. Not to mention his $1.6 million UFC wager in 2015. He placed a wager on Floyd Mayweather defeating Manny Pacquiao.

50 Cent enjoys playing blackjack. In 2015, he also built his own social blackjack game on Facebook. This is referred to as '50 Cent's Blackjack.

For these merits, he can definitely be identified as one of the most famous gamblers among musicians.

Lady Gaga

Another well-known pop vocalist on our list. Lady Gaga has been compared to Madonna in terms of popularity and stage antics. She is not frightened to be seen. She also has no qualms about spending her leisure time playing various gambling games. 

Lady Gaga enjoys playing poker, blackjack, and roulette. Furthermore, she frequently visits exclusive gambling clubs, where she spends a few hours every week. Gambling is a method for her to say no to stress and a chance for her to meet new people. 

According to several of the singer's interviews, she enjoys the thrill and excitement that triumphs provide. That is why she frequents gaming establishments. However, she occasionally appears at Las Vegas's best casinos to play for huge bets.


From this small list you can conclude that a large number of musicians like to play poker or other gambling games. For some, it's a way to relax and unwind after difficult concerts or tours. For others, it's an opportunity to feel like a winner and try to win money. It's all individual.

Also, the large royalties and celebrity of these stars allow them to do it quite often. After all, without a large amount of money, it is often quite difficult to play in the casino.

Also, it is safe to say that the most famous gamblers do not have big problems with it. Of course, they lose sometimes, but considering that they haven't lost their entire fortune, we can conclude that they approach it consciously.

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