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Too Much Free Time: Stars with Gambling Problems


Numerous stars from entertainment world to professional sports have too much free time to enjoy the exciting rush of gambling.Some prefer to play in front of the public, while other find online casino to have some fun. Their wealth enables them to gamble anything from poker, casino gambling and sports betting. These stars love to spend their money and some are even considered pros in wagering. While some stars win most of them lose incredible sums of money, career and reputation. The love for gambling can spin out of control and become addiction. Gambling addiction can range from casual player to compulsive gambler.

Here’s our list of stars with gambling problems:
Allen Iverson
This NBA star earned over $200 million dollars in his career but lost everything due to his alcohol and gambling addiction. He is now broke and in debt. Iverson lost his lucrative endorsements and lifetime collaboration with Reebok which was valued at $50 million because of his gambling issues. Moreover his wife divorced him and got full custody of their five children. His horrible gambling problem caused him to be banned from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City.

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods is most famous for golf and other vices like sexual affairs and gambling. He is a regular at the Mansion, a club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas where he has a $1 million betting limit. He is a high roller in casinos and his table is always filled with beautiful party girls. He routinely plays blackjack and bet as much as $25,000 a hand.His gambling problem has become public when he became good friends with Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. These two are both high rollers with gambling addiction.

Tobey Maguire
The Spider Man star is a serious poker player. He learned the game from professional player Daniel Degreanu and competed and won in the World Series of poker. He is a very skilled Texas Hold’Em poker player and won $300,000 at secret poker games in Los Angeles and New York. Tobey has an addictive personality. The actor struggled with alcoholism and joined AA when he was 19. His addictive nature makes gambling a serious problem. In 2011, Tobey was sued for participating in multi-million dollar illegal gambling ring.

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen has been in the spotlight for alcohol, drug addiction and gambling.He spend large amount of money on poker and sports betting.His gambling addiction became public in 2006 when his ex-wife Denise Richards claimed he was spending $20,000 a week on gambling.He is so addicted to sports betting and free bookmaker bets  that he even called his bookie to place a bet while rushing his wife to the hospital for his daughter’s birth.

Gladys Knight
The Empress of Soul chronicled in her autobiography, “Between Each Line of Pain and Glory: My Life Story” her struggles with gambling. She wrote about her ten year gambling addiction with sports betting and baccarat. She became addicted to baccarat when she lived in Las Vegas and Reno. Knight admitted to losing $40,000 in one table sitting. She turned to Gamblers Anonymous to end her gambling addiction.

Ray Romano
‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ actor plays poker and competes in the World Series of Poker. He drew from real life experiences when he plays Joe Tranelli a middle-age gambling addict in the comedy-drama Men of a Certain Age. His gambling addiction went out of control, he voluntarily enter Gamblers Anonymous to put his bad habit under control. He still continues to gamble but mostly virtual bets when playing golf.

Michael Phelps
The Olympic golden boy won a total of 22 medals and became the most popular Olympians of all time. His competitive nature allowed him to be successful in sports.But aside from collecting medals around the pool, Phelps spends his free time gambling. His preoccupation with poker cost him millions of dollars without even noticing it. Phelps relatives and close friends are worried about his gambling addiction. His gambling problem is extremely damaging his bank balance.

Charles Barkley
NBA star and current TNT NBA sports analyst admitted his personal struggles with gambling. He publicly admitted his gambling problem and even confessed losing more than $10 million dollars from his gambling addiction. He lost $2.5 million in just one night in blackjack also $700,000 betting on Super Bowl. In 2008, a casino sued him for owing $400,000.


Stars Under Lock & Key for Their Own Safety


A huge number of individuals today have their own favorite artist and celebrity they enjoy following. Many find it important to get the latest scoop or news about their idols keeping themselves up to date at any cost. With the help of modern age and technology, following your favorite celebrities and stars has become more accessible than ever before. This is made possible through the use of social media. Stars and celebrities however, can’t share everything to their fans as their safety and privacy can be compromised. Let us look the importance of good security for the rich & famous.

Through social media, celebrities are able to share a glimpse of their day to day lives to their followers and fans. They can share photos as well as their experience over the internet as often as they like. As a result, it is fairly easy for just about anyone to follow their idol’s journey. With that being said, there are a number of fans who are not content on just following their idols over the social media. They feel like they need to get closer giving them a much closer perspective as well as a chance to interact with them. This is the reason why, a number of fans decide to stalk their favorite celebrity or star directly by tailing them looking for an opportunity to get close to them.

Many describe stalking as an unwanted or obsessive attention by an individual or group towards another person. Stalking can be considered harmful as long as personal limitations are set by an individual. With that being said, too much of something is considered to be bad and the same can also be said with regards to stalking. Some people take stalking to the extremes to the point that they will harm an individual who they find is close to their idols. There are also cases where a stalker will result into thievery, stealing common to precious items that are in the possession of their idols.

Celebrities & stars that are stalked can also get harassed through text or phone calls to the point that they are changing their numbers from time to time. A serious case of stalking should never be taken for granted. Celebrities & stars often take the necessary measures in keeping their families as well as themselves safe by employing a few bodyguards or personal security to keep them protected.

As mentioned earlier, a number of people take stalking to the extremes stealing items for their idols. During such cases, having the services of an emergency locksmith often becomes quite handy to have as they are able to provide timely and effective protection. Celebrities are able to keep their precious items safe in their respective lockboxes keeping them away from prying eyes. In addition, clients will also be able to request for emergency locks if they ever accidentally lose possession of their keys. This in turn helps save them a fair amount of time and resources especially since readily available backup keys can be created easily.

You might be surprised just how prevalent stalking is today. For that matter, it is important for everyone to take the extra measures in keeping yourself safe. The same can also be said with regards to your precious possessions. Employ these locks today!

Fast Bucks for Wannabe Starlets


Those who would want to make it to Hollywood are usually allured by the pizzazz, money and fame. However, before you get your own star in the Walk of Fame, you’ll probably start doing minor roles or appearances. However, these small parts, whether in movies, plays or TV series, do not bring in enough money. To make ends meet, some starlets work as escorts for high-profile clients. These celebrity escorts provide a Clayton’s high when you can’t get the real thing. There are also escorts who dress up to look like celebrities to turn on their clients while some provide the occasional one-night stand service for quick cash. More often than not, these starlets use their God-given bodies in riding and swallowing their way to the top. Here are some of Hollywood’s A-listers you never thought worked as escorts and/or strippers for fast bucks:

1. Marilyn Monroe

The archetype of a bombshell, Marilyn Monroe once posed nude for quick cash. Later on, she started “spending a lot of time” with directors and producers in order to support her daily needs. Rumour has it that Monroe has a 15-minute sex tape giving a head to a male actor.

2. Al Pacino

Before landing his memorable role in The Godfather, Al Pacino was homeless. When he was in Italy, he met an older woman who agreed to feed him and give him roof in exchange for sex. Now, the Oscar winner is a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood.

3. Sharon Stone

Prior to making it big in Hollywood, Sharon Stone once “enjoyed” her bondage sex with Michael Douglas, a director and a producer. According to Hollywood reports, Stone had six orgasms during her tryst with the three men and was paid a whopping $10,000.

4. Michelle Pfeiffer

It is said that the Michelle Pfeiffer started as a studio call-girl. Some of her early acting gigs were casted “the old-fashioned way.”  She was also a professional girlfriend to some deep-pocketed clients while working her way to the top.

5. Tony Danza

Tony Danza rose to fame in the early ‘80s through the hit TV series Who’s the Boss?. While trying to make it to spotlight, Danza became a boy toy of Mervin Griffin. The story goes that Griffin paraded Danza around naked on some parties and gatherings. In the end, he was paid big and soon landed his first break.

Actor in The Attic: Suffering for Your Art


Do actors still really suffer for their art? Is waiting tables more painful when you aspire to fame and fortune? Is it acting the craft, they hanker for, or celebrity, the status? There is no denying that putting your dreams on hold and getting a proper job can furnish your life with things like a car, a mortgage, and a modest amount of money in the bank. Whereas the wannabe actor gnashes his or her teeth in relative poverty and most likely is forced to take public transport. Big dreams cost and the admission price is short term comfort.

Actor in The Attic: Suffering for Your Art

The stereotypical wannabe actor cannot hold down a normal job because they are constantly going to auditions. They do acting classes in the evenings and they often work for nothing in productions designed to grab the attention of producers and directors. Actors, in their pre-star phase, are usually portrayed as emotionally fraught and uptight. They are throwing themselves upon the mercies of indifferent casting agents. They are being rejected for parts again and again…and again. Life is hard and nobody really understands them.

This incredibly difficult state of affairs can lead them to substance abuse in a bid to lessen the blows reigning down upon their fragile egos. Drinking too much and getting out of it on cheap drugs can be a crack they fall into and which they may never emerge from the same again. They may require debt assistance to stave off personal bankruptcy. Why do they go through this graceless hellish experience, which can last for years, and for some, forever? Is the payoff that amazing? Is the high of success so good that it makes it all worthwhile? Standing up there on stage as the audience rapturously applauds, appearing as a giant on the silver screen and attending industry black tie award nights, not to mention cosy chats with smarmy talk show hosts, are these experiences so wonderful that all the former neglect is forgiven?

That actor in the attic: suffering for their art, is it, perhaps, a necessary initiation into the realm of the thespian? Does the suffering hone the blade of talent? Do the tears of frustration and hurt reveal the beating heart of the true actor? Is it all about developing habits like not eating, so that they can remain thin for the camera that puts ten pounds on the frame? Actor in the attic: suffering for your art, we salute you.

Top Actor Celebrities In The Philippines


The Philippines have produced some incredibly talented actors who are all gifted with the natural flair to act. In this post, we’ve selected the top and the most popular Filipino actors of the present times who are well known for their magnificent and notable performances in film and television. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re all very easy on the eyes too!

Piolo PascualPiolo Pascual is a highly acclaimed actor and an accomplished musician in the Philippines.  He played the challenging role of an activist during the Martial Law era in the film Dekada ’70 which pretty much cemented his position in showbiz, earning him eight awards in the Best Supporting Actor category. He then continued to make movies and tv series, which earned him more awards in the best actor category. Other movies he’s known for are Kailangan Kita and Milan.

John Lloyd Cruz John Lloyd Cruz is a highly acclaimed Filipino actor who has starred in several top grossing films. In fact, he was the “Box-Office King” for three-consecutive years. He has also proven his worth as an actor time and again by winning numerous acting awards for most of the films he has starred in. Movies he’s known for include The Mistress, Miss You Like Crazy, In My Life, You Changed My Life, A Very Special Love and One More Chance.

Jericho-RosalesJericho Rosales or Echo as he’s more popularly known in showbiz has been in the business for 20 years. He started as a teen idol and starred along Kristine Hermosa in the teleserye Pangako Sa Yo which became very popular not just in the Philippines but also captured audiences abroad (Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and South Africa) where he developed a huge fan base. Other movies he was known for were Dahil May Isang Ikaw, Dahil Sa Pag-ibig and Baler. Echo is married to Kim Jones, a TV host-lifestyle blogger.

coco-martinCoco Martin is one of the finest actors in Philippine cinema. He became famous for starring in independent films. His first indie film was with The Masseur in 2005 which earned him the Young Critics Circle Best Actor Award in 2006. He then won the Gawad Urian for Best Supporting Actor for the indie films Daybreak and Jay in 2008 before making another outstanding film with international award-winning director Brillante Mendoza entitled Kinatay, a film which was highly praised by international audiences. He also earned rave reviews for the television series he’s done in ABS CBN such as Tayong Dalawa, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, Walang Hanggan and Ang Probinsiyano.


Dennis TrilloDennis Trillo is a well-known Filipino television and film actor. His acting career breakthrough was the film Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita, a film with a World War II setting, wherein he gained tremendous accolades which earned him several awards and citations from prestigious award giving bodies. Some of the movies he’s starred in include The Other Man, Blue Moon, Pamahiin and I.T.A.L.Y.

To be stellar actors, celebrities continue to hone their crafts to give the perfect performance. For sure they have a very hectic schedule that they need to keep up with and perhaps some require certain procedures that need to be managed by their staff. But for them, it’s probably just all in a day’s work.

These Filipino actors have already made a mark for themselves, earning recognition not only in their homeland but around the world. They’re not just celebrities but first class talents creating masterpieces through film and television.

Celebrity Management: Live the Dream, Manage the Dream


Managing celebrities seems to be an amazing and exciting gig. Aside from getting to work with industry A-listers, there are some perks that managers and handlers get to enjoy. However, behind the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood or music scene, celebrity management requires special set of skills. Managers function as the celebrity’s publicist, contract negotiator and a good friend.

It is a dream for all celebrity managers to be able to land a prominent roster of clients — celebrities whose names have made a mark in the industry. But securing celebrity clients is not that easy. Helping them maintain their stardom is a challenging feat. More so, keeping them happy can be taxing.

Like any career, celebrity management has its ups and downs, success and failures. Edward, a handler of a couple of Hollywood A-listers, can attest to that. Let’s take a look at his journey from nada to tada!

  • As an Actor

Before landing his star-studded client list, he started as a struggling actor who barely makes ends meet. He experienced first-hand how terrifying it can be walking into the audition room for a casting call. Edward has a lot of funny, awkward and scary stories to tell from his experiences. Nevertheless, he captured the interest of some small-town producers before realising that his acting journey was bust.

  • As an All-Around Man

Moving on from his failed acting career, Edward juggled his time working different shifts as a janitor, waiter, conveyancer and part-time labourer for a car cleaning service. He got a job with ACM Group debt collection for a number of years which built up his social skills as he spent almost all day on the phone. Dealing with people who were under pressure, and being able to help them out and maybe even elicit a laugh out of them, helped develop his listening abilities and empathy – important qualities for his later destiny.

  • As a Social Media Manager

Edward began managing social media accounts of some companies before going big with politicians and famous celebs. For him, managing the social media accounts of celebrities is fun and stressful at the same time. Of course, fans who appreciate the craft of their idols will send you in high spirits when interacting with them. On the other hand, trolls and haters will really test your patience.

  • As a Manager

On a typical day, Edward collaborates with agents and promoters to make sure that his clients will get the perfect acting gig. Aside from pretty much organising these A-listers’ lives, he gives shape to their long-term career and gets involved when these megastars encounter problems.

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