Why Are Some Celebrities So Addicted to Gambling?

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    By Partner EditorialsMar 6, 2020, 3:54 pm786 pts

    Let's face it – celebrities love spending money on real estate, luxury cars, shiny jewels, and expensive vacations. However, not all stars spend their money on worldly things. Some decide to have fun differently. Sadly, that fun can go out of control if they turn to gambling, and it may become a bad habit.

    Sports betting is a much-discussed topic. An increasing number of stars have been affected by it and have been facing the consequences.

    Excessive sports betting such as sbobet or gambling is a serious problem, linked to criminal behavior and poor social relationships. Estimates say that around 17% of all gamblers recognize that sports betting has hurt their personal lives.

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    The question is, what factors can force celebrities to become addicted to sports betting?

    • Easy access to gambling

    The activity of gambling comes in many shapes and sizes. Celebrities gamble in casinos, privately with friends, or online. Despite the attempts by the government to outlaw gambling, the rise of online sports betting has allowed celebrities to find ways to satisfy their gambling desires.

    • Big wins

    Another factor that is a reason for sports betting addiction is the expectation of a big win. The pleasure of winning can sometimes be overwhelming, and the fact that it can be achieved easily means the player can get addicted to it and expect big wins every time they play.

    • Personal stress

    It is common knowledge that celebrities go under a lot of stress. To relieve that stress, they often turn to online casinos, slots, or sports betting venues. The person turns to gambling, especially if they have recently suffered from a divorce, difficult family situation, or job loss. Gambling becomes emotional freedom and an escape from the stress that upset them.

    Here are some of the celebrities who have been dealing with sports betting addictions.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a professional boxer who has reported to have an addiction to gambling. He recently won $3 million from a bet on college football. He is known to bet up to $400,000 per game often.

    Ben Affleck

    The star of "Batman" is a passionate card player. He also likes to bet on sports when there is an opportunity for a big win. Once, he lost $400,000 in a game and checked himself into a facility to solve his gambling addiction. He is known as a celebrity actor who spends hours in casinos, often under the influence of alcohol.

    Michael Jordan

    Jordan hasn't had the success in sports betting that he had in the NBA. After he lost $165,000 in Atlantic City, he admitted that he has a severe problem. He sometimes gambled with celebs like Charles Barkley and Tiger Woods. Rumors say his gambling addiction was the reason for his retirement.

    While more celebrities have sports betting addiction problems, these are among the most known ones. It shows that being a celebrity and having a lot of money doesn't make you immune to common addictions.

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