The 5 biggest gamblers in history
Ben Affleck? Huge Blackjack card counter. Toby Maguire? Insanely passionate poker player. But way before the future Batman and the once-upon-a-time Spider-Man first flexed their super-gambling muscles, several other “celebrities” showed the world that they were the true gambling pioneers. Today, we’re going to highlight the world’s most famous ones in history.
His name is a mouthful, but chances are you’ve read his books. The Gambler. Crime and Punishment. Yup, that’s all Dostoyevsky. And these books were inspired by the Russian novelist’s penchant for gambling and the fact that he lived most of his life in debt (he obviously wasn’t’ a very good gambler).
President Warren Harding
When your job is arguably the most important one in the world, you need to take the edge off. President Warren G. Harding loved to play golf twice a week. But that wasn’t the only pastime he embraced. The 29th President of the United States loved to play poker, smoke cigars, and drink whiskey, we’re guessing all at the same time. We’re not sure if he gambled real money, but that didn’t stop him from raising the stakes. He once lost all the White House china on one hand of poker.
It was 1660 that’s famous in all the history books. It was then that Charles II restored the English monarchy. But to gamblers, 1660 will forever go down in history as the year that gambling truly took off. Charles II was very interested in games of chance, so much so that his love of gambling spread throughout his kingdom and beyond. Eventually, the games of chance that were popular in England made their way to North America.
Get your mind out of the gutter, ladies. Sure, Casanova is known as history as a wild womanizer. But if you dig a little deeper you’ll learn that his love for gambling was equal to or outweighed his love of the ladies.
Casanova de Seingalt did it all. He was a lawyer. An author. An adventurer. And his penchant for adventure led him to become a professional gambler at the age of 21. However, without the willpower to leave when fortune turned, Casanova decided to put his gambling career on hold. But that didn’t stop him from playing on the side.
Did you know that Claude Monet was a messenger? Yup, the world famous painter was once a full-time messenger with barely any free time to paint. But that all changed in 1891 and you can thank gambling for that. It was then that Money won $13,450 playing the French lottery. That’s a lot of lettuce by today’s standards. His newfound fortune allowed Claude Monet to quit his job and devote his life to painting.