When it comes to the rise in popularity that casino games like poker are enjoying, it's hard to say whether online casinos like http://www.jackpotcity.co.uk/online-slots or the increased profile generated by celebrity casino gamblers has had the bigger impact. These are a few celebrities familiar to UK residents who are fond of hitting the casinos.
Although some may still remember him as a corpulent Aussie cricketer, these days Warne has reinvented himself as a stylish poker player and boyfriend of Liz Hurley. He was contracted by a major online casino site to be their representative at both the UK Open Championship and the Aussie Millions in 2008, and he has become something of a fixture at the various celebrity poker tournaments held in different countries.
Sheringham is another former professional sportsman who has carved out a very successful second career for himself as a professional poker player since his retirement. Football fans will remember him as a long-serving striker - with a particularly memorable moment being his equalising goal for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final - but these days he is a very successful pro gambler, who has won in excess of $1 million at the tables.
It is not only male celebrities who enjoy casino gambling, as journalist and television presenter Victoria Coren is one of the best celebrity poker players around. She was the winner of the 2004 Celebrity Poker Challenge, took second place in the Table World Championship and became the first ever female winner on the European Poker Tour, when she won the leg held in London. Overall she has claimed more than $1.3 million in winnings from her poker playing.
Although he is a Hollywood based star, there are few in the UK who will not be familiar with Affleck's work - as either an actor or as a director. However many may not be aware that he is also a poker player of note, with his triumphs including a first placing at the California State Championship in 2004.