When you think of poker and gambling, you think of Las Vegas, big wads of cash, and maybe a few social beverages. It should come as no surprise that many rock stars have taken up the game of poker in recent years, especially seeing that there is so much money at stake at online poker sties for US players and others. Let’s look at a few of those stars that play poker.
Some rock stars have used poker as not just a way to make some money, but also to help out those less fortunate. Vince Neil of Motley Crue helped out the Nevada SPCA a couple of years ago by taking part in a charity poker tournament that raised literally tens of thousands for neglected and abused dogs. Of course, for his generosity he had to face the Godfather of Texas Hold’em poker Doyle Brunson. Let’s just say that Brunson made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Jerry Cantrell from Alice in Chains as well as Vinnie Paul from Pantera joined Kirk Hamett from Metallica and Greg Tribbett from Mudvayne were all part of a major promotion by online site UltimateBet that allowed players to battle rock and roll stars for a seat for the 2009 Aruba Poker Classic. The rockers were part of a massive tournament that awarded bounties for players who were fortunate enough to knock the players out.
One of the most skilled rock star poker players would have to be Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. Ian is not just your average recreational poker player. After winning a seat to the Aruba Poker Classic in 2007 in VH1’s Rock Stars of Charity poker tournament, he went on to take lessons from poker pros Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke. Within a couple of years, Ian became so proficient that online site UB.com decided to sign Ian as a sponsored pro. Ian has been featured in many high profile tournaments, including the World Series of Poker.
As you can see, the game of poker attracts a varied crowd and those from all walks of life play the game. If you have never played poker, now is a good time to learn the game. You may not be able to play a guitar or sing like a rock star, but you sure can play poker like one.