The celebrities of Bollywood represent luxury and opulence. They love to spend money on things that bring them joy, comfort and happiness. Gambling has been one of those few things that act as a source of enjoyment and entertainment for celebrities. From poker to Andar Bahar, Teen Patti, etc. the tinsel town is obsessed with card games, and why not? Most of them love playing card games and are seemingly very good at it. Earlier, it was expected that only men should visit and play at casinos. But times have changed and women have also started equally participating in gambling. They are not shy of placing bets or throwing in some money. In fact, some of the women celebrities in Bollywood have confessed gambling to be their favorite hobby and have been pretty unapologetic about their choice.
In most cases, celebrities engage in gambling during festive and special occasions like Diwali, Christmas, etc. Owing to the popularity of card games, few of them have built card parlors at their houses or have arranged for big poker tables. They gather around the table and indulge themselves in a high-stakes poker match with their family members. Some of the celebrities have been spotted frequenting casinos in Goa or at some other places. They are usually invited to inaugurate the casinos and grace their presence at such events. They are paid greatly for just attending these events. There are others who also love to visit casinos for games and fun. When IIFA took place in Macau, the passionate ones visited casinos to immerse themselves in an engaging gambling experience.
Below is a list of celebrities who have shown an inclination towards gambling and card games. They have either played them during their free-time or have participated infamous poker tournaments at the national level
Minissha Lamba had impressed the critics and audience with her performance in the hit movie Bachna Ae Haseeno, starring Ranbir Kapoor. She has been easily voted as one of the fresh and versatile actors. Apart from acting, she is also blessed with amazing vocals and dancing skills and has also consistently been a record holder as she graduated with top honors in English from Miranda College. This talented woman yet shows her dexterity in another activity i.e. gambling. Yes, that’s right. Minissha has mentioned in her past interviews that she holds a special love for gambling, especially poker. She enjoys a game of poker during her leisurely time. She is famous in the poker circuit in India. She is the only Bollywood star who has participated in the Deltin Poker Tournament in Goa. In 2011, she grabbed the fourth position in the IPC 15K Weekend Kickoff event. She ranked third on the IPC 5K Warm-up event in 2013. Poker lacks female representation. It’s good to see women like Minissha dominating a supposedly male-centric activity and inspiring other women who dream of making it big as poker players.
Aamir Khan needs no special introduction. With an impressive acting record, the star, notoriously known for being a perfectionist, has shown his weakness and affinity towards gambling. Aamir loves to play poker and previously has been spotted at few casinos. Such is his love for poker that the actor built a small poker parlor at his place. It is said that he loves throwing lavish and expensive poker parties for his friends and loved ones. The games have high stakes ranging between ₹5 to ₹5K. He has a habit of regularly arranging poker events for his actors and directors. But unlike his reputation for being a perfectionist in acting, he lacks proficiency in playing poker. He does lack some skills and needs some practice. He has lost in a couple of poker matches to his opponents. Kunal Kohli has earned a pretty big amount after defeating Aamir at one of his poker events.
Shahid Kapoor is known to be a soft boy, heartthrob in Bollywood. The actor is known for his stellar acting and dancing skills. But what people may not know about him is he is an impressive poker player. He secretly harbours love and passion for this activity. So much so, that he quickly became friends with Harman Baweja over a match of poker. Just like his senior Aamir Khan, the actor loves organising and throwing game nights for his friends where he bonds with his loved ones over an intense and high-stakes poker match. He is reported to have won a couple of matches as well which only proves his expertise and knowledge in this game.
Known for an impressive acting debut and impeccable dancing skills, the actor is also armed with a degree in medicine. He starred with some big names like Bipasha Basu and Priyanka Chopra. But what many may not know about him is that he is a very impressive and talented poker player. He has been very vocal about his love for the sport in the interviews. He enjoys immense popularity in the domestic poker circuit. He has also participated in a few poker tournaments like in the IPC editions and has even gained a second place in the Freezeout Tournament in 2011. He is invited to Shahid’s poker game nights and loves playing with him at his place in Versova.
Sikander Kher is a leading poker expert and gambling enthusiast. He is a regular at casinos in Goa where he gathers around the poker table and indulges in some pretty intense matches. He notched up a second position in the 30 K Main Event of the 2013 IPC edition. He made it to the top three in the 2012 Season of the Ultimate Poker Challenge Tournament.
Sunny Leone in a couple of interviews has expressed her love for gambling and casinos. During vacations, she sometimes does visit the casinos for a few games. Owing to her love for gambling and a huge social media following, the actress has been made the brand ambassador of JeetWin. She is a dealer at live roulette games. She has even launched her new Bollywood-themed slot game called Bollywood Diva.
7. Bhumi Pednekar
Having impressed viewers with a spectacular performance in Dum Laga Ke Haisha, the actress has been constantly delivering and mesmerising viewers with her amazing performances. Apart from being a talented actor, Bhumi is blessed with sharp gambling skills as she loves playing teen patti and poker with her friends and has even won some matches.