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While anyone can gamble – in fact, with online betting apps like Unibet becoming popular, it has become even more easier to scratch gambling itch – it is only the rich and famous that makes the headline with their love for wagering; except of course, when some random guy hits a jackpot.

If you are anything like most regular folks with a love for gambling, you would have at some point wondered who and who among the celebrities share the same love of gambling with you.

Well, with this piece you don’t have to wonder no more… we have scoured the web, hunted down every list that mentioned celebrities and gambling and compiled this list of musicians who love to gamble – now you can place a face and name to musicians that also kill time gambling.

Ready to dive in?

Scott Ian

The first spot on the list is taken by Scott Ian, the enigmatic lead singer and guitarist for the metal band Anthrax. Ian is famed for his role in creating the Thrash rock metal genre in the mid-1980s. He collaborated with the rap group ‘Public Enemy’ which is probably the first cross-genre recording of its kind at the time and in some circles, the collabo is believed to have laid the foundation for the rap/rock genre.

While scoring major successes in the music scene, Ian also knows how to turn it up at the poker table. In 2008, he was signed on as a professional poker player by Ultimate Bet where he went on to win the premier Sunday 200K tournament. In 2010, he cashed out of the WSOP main event by posting 634th out of 6494 other players.


You can be sure that when Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. popularly called Nelly is not in the studios making hit music, he is out there making rounds in the casino circuits.

Nelly’s breakout debut single “Country Grammar” cemented his place as the first super-star rapper from the Midwest. Though before signing for Universal Records in 1999, he and three of his friends from St. Louis, Missouri formed a hip-hop group “St. Lunatics.”

Nelly is a two-times Grammy awards winner in 2003 and 2004 and has played a supporting role in the 2005 remake of “The Longest Yard” starring alongside Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.

As a way of giving back to his community, he founded a Not-for-profit organization 4Sho4Kids Foundation. He was also involved in creating awareness for bone marrow transplant with his sister Jackie Donahue after she was diagnosed with leukemia.

While Nelly sure does know how to work hard, he also knows how to play hard and certainly gamble hard too. In 2007 he played at the main event of the World Series of Poker. He has been on the PokerStars European Poker Tour and PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.

Gladys Knight

The “Empress of Soul” needs no introduction especially if you a true fan of the R&B, and Soul genres. She is a singer, actress, songwriter and a businesswoman. Knight started her singing career with her group “Gladys Knight & the Pips” in the 50s.

She and her group have recorded several hits in the 60s, 70s and 80s including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” Knight has had an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years and during this time, she has won seven Grammys – three as a solo singer and four with her group. She is an inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is listed as one of the top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone.

However, in spite of her successes on and off the stage, Knight said she has struggled with gambling for 10 years.

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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