Like us regular folk, celebrities also enjoy a bit of personal time to unwind and relax. Some might enjoy a spa or movie, but others head to the casino. It could be in a brick-and-mortar casino, or playing live Roulette at Paddy Power, the only difference is the amount of cash in their wallets. Let’s take a look at the famous faces you might find sitting around the Roulette table.
The former One Direction star is famous for his perfected hairstyle and talented voice, although more recently he’s been performing stand-up comedy as the host of Saturday Night Live. In 2012, the singer was thrown out of a Las Vegas casino alongside his bandmates, because at the time the five lads were under the age of 21, but since coming of age, he has been an avid gambler.
In 2015 the One Directioner played ‘Tattoo Roulette’ on James Corden’s Late Late Show. He went up against bandmate Niall Horan where each of the boys opened a box to reveal ‘tattoo’ or ‘no tattoo’. Harry ended up leaving the show with the words ‘late late’ tattooed on him – a game of Roulette he’ll never forget.
— The Late Late Show with James Corden (@latelateshow) December 4, 2015
The actor who is famed for playing James Bond is a fan of the casino on and off the screen. In 1963 the actor visited a casino in Italy where he placed bets on 17, after losing twice, he attempted a final bet and won the equivalent of £160,000 in today’s money.
The Scot then repeated his actions in the 1971 Bond film, Diamonds are Forever, meaning that the writers of the film drew from Connery’s real-life experiences. To this day, casino-goers will continually bet on 17 in an attempt to replicate the feat.
One person who has famously won on 17 black is Mike Ashley, the owner of Newcastle United Football Club. It is unknown whether the business tycoon placed a bet on 17 due to Connery’s success, or it is mere coincidence.
Ashley is a regular face at Roulette tables. After walking up to the wheel, Ashley placed a bet on and around 17, collectively totalling £480,000. After his bet came in, he walked out of the casino with an impressive £1.3 million.
The creator of the character James Bond and the author of all the associated novels did not write of a gambling enthusiast for no reason. Many traits of Bond’s character are similar to Fleming, especially their shared love for the casino.
Although Bond preferred Baccarat, Fleming was more of a Roulette fan and used a tactic that he created. The James Bond strategy which appeared in the 1971 Diamonds are Forever film, became a Roulette sensation and gamblers still use it today.
Although a singer, an actor, a business tycoon and an author may not have much in common at first glance, the universal nature of Roulette makes it a game everyone can enjoy. Simple, quick and adjustable to any budget. If you’re thinking of heading to a casino any time soon, perhaps you should take the wheel for a spin and see what all the fuss is about.