Celebrities Who Loved to Gamble Too Much

Fame, fortune and ample limelight.

You’re a celebrity.

I can’t say I’ve met a celebrity to talk to. It really doesn’t interest me. They say you should never meet your heroes. Why? Because they will prove to be a disappointment.

I pity the poor soul who has Jim Davidson as their hero.

I’ve heard a few people mention this as the truth. I guess if your hero was Mother Teresa you would be happy with who you found.

I doubt you would have seen her in Las Vegas, Nevada, sitting at one of the slots in the Bellagio, knocking back shots, swearing, or even wearing a diaper so she doesn’t have to miss a spin while passing not only time.

Sorry, I’m just painting a picture. It’s not the truth.

Perhaps Mother Teresa wasn’t a celebrity. Who knows? I once see a bald-headed comedian on the tube. I just Googled bald-headed comedian and realised it was Lee Hurst. I looked up, thought I know that face, and had zero interest in asking for an autograph. It wasn’t him. I’m not interested in anyone’s monika. I almost see it as a weakness wanting something from a celebrity even if a word. I think it’s a strength not to give a stuff.

Who cares?

It always makes me feel sorry for some little child who waits for an autograph only to be ignored.

So what about celebrities who like to gamble.

There have been a number of high-profile cases. A few make grim reading. One I remember is David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minelli (they were married for 16 months). The showbiz promoter found fame and fortune in his own right carving out a career as a TV reality star.

Staring roles included:

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! 2006 (24 episodes)

Soap Star Super Star 2007 (3 episodes)

This Is David Gest 2007 (6 episodes)

Grease Is The Word 2007 (7 episodes)

I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Now! (6 episodes)

Celebrity Big Brother 2016 (15 episodes)

Unfortunately for Gest, he had an addition to slot machines and was almost broke by the time of his death. Gest (62) was found dead in a hotel room in the Canary Wharf area of London.

Gest’s company had debts of £474,000. He had almost £58,000 in his personal bank account. It was alleged he lost £100,000 in one year to a well-known casino group, playing roulette and slots. Often losing four figure sums a nights.

A source said: ‘David wouldn’t think twice about betting £10,000 at a sitting.’

His death wasn’t suspicious. He had suffered from ill health and had hypertension.

David had no gambling debts.

God bless.

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