Among Bollywood’s rich and famous, there are many high-profile names who are known for their love of gambling. Enjoying all things expensive and exciting, these celebrities are seemingly drawn by the glamor and thrills of the casino.
Not only do they adore gaming, but some of them have also done incredibly well at it, growing their vast riches and adding even more money to their already bulging bank accounts. We take a look at some of the biggest stars to splash their cash at the casino, and the games they love the most.
Amir Khan – online poker
From Hollywood to Bollywood, many of the world’s richest celebrities enjoy the occasional round of poker. In the case of Amir Khan, star of Ghajini, the online form of the game is his particular poison. Widely played at internet sites like Genesis Casino India, it can be experienced live, providing all the thrills of its traditional counterpart but from the comfort of one’s own home.
Known for throwing his own poker parties, the actor’s guest list is highly exclusive, including advertising executives and stock market kingpins. With stakes said to range from five rupees to 5,000, Khan has at least half a dozen card tables installed in his Union Park residence, so that he’s free to play whenever the fancy strikes him.
Jeetendra – rummy
Another lover of card games is the legendary Jeetendra. Numbering among the greatest gamblers in Bollywood, the superstar television producer frequently throws card parties in his own home.
During the festival of Diwali, these are reported to be especially extravagant, with his opulent mansion transformed into an American-style casino that covers two entire floors. With a bar installed in one room and rummy counters throughout, it’s said that these events have all the fixtures of a genuine Las Vegas gambling den.
The guest lists are also made up of some incredibly famous names, from Rakesh Roshan through to Dimple Kapadia.
Shilpa Shetty – slots
Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty is also a big fan of gambling, although she likes her games with a slightly larger serving of luck. A frequent visitor to Las Vegas, she usually travels alongside her businessman husband Raj Kundra, with the two of them known to spend vast sums whenever they visit a foreign casino.
A big fan of slot games, Shetty not only plays when she’s away from home, but hosts her own gambling parties too. Renowned for their opulence and exclusive guest lists, these have been attended by some of the biggest names in the film industry.
Minisha Lamba – live poker
Another actress with a love of gambling is MinishaLamba, who actually plays semi-professionally. Having first experienced the thrill of the casino while shooting the Bheja Fry 2 movie, she got off to a strong start, winning a huge sum while in the company of her costars, Vinay Pathak and Rajat Kapoor. Inspired by her success, Lamba soon began to play more seriously, and has now participated in dozens of tournaments across Goa, frequently coming away victorious.
If you had the chance, which of these Bollywood stars would you most like to play with?