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Here’s a surprise Athletes, celebrities love to gamble

It’s often said that any of the pro sports leagues would welcome a franchise in Las Vegas because athletes love the place, largely because they love gambling.Look no further than a guy named Charlie Sheen , who is said to have spent hundreds of thousands on sports betting over the past few decades.And just last weekend, NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith could be found at Caesars Palace, front and center at the annual NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship.Smith said he’s pretty new to the game, but it’s getting a grip on him. “I took a crash course from someone famous, but I’m not going to tell you who,” said Smith. He added that he and his Dallas Cowboys teammates would regularly play cards on flights, but not poker.

Smith was up against pro poker player David Williams, who finished second in the 2004 World Series of Poker. Smith said he had no problem getting a read on Williams. “You know how us football players do,” he said. “We study our opponents.”Also on hand for the event in Las Vegas was “ Seinfeld ” star Jason Alexander and actor Don Cheadle. “George Costanza” is an avid poker player. He was even in the WSOP main event in 2007 but was eliminated the second day.There are a number of celebrities who have made a fortune not just with their movies, but with poker.Tobey Maguire, best known for his role as Spiderman, has cashed in several poker tournaments. According to poker pro Phil Hellmuth, Maguire has won more than $10 million on Internet poker.And Ben Affleck was the first celebrity to win a major open poker tournament when he won the California State Poker Championship, picking up $356,400. He has even sought out a poker mentor in pro Annie Duke.It’s definitely not the money these celebrities and athletes are after. It must be the rush.

Scott Matthews

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