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Real-life Famous Poker Players

Casinos have developed a very glamorous image over the years. When you think of a casino you think of men dressed in tuxedos (or dinner jackets if you prefer), women dripping in diamonds and a general air of glitzy and sophistication. It is not surprising then that there are a number of high profile people, such as actors or singers who have taken up playing poker and have made quite the name for themselves on the tables.

We thought we'd take a look at a few real-life poker studs and find out whether they should just stick to the day job.

Ben Affleck

We know Ben for starring in some great films like Good Will Hunting, for going out with J-Lo and for being a talented director, but that's not where his skills end. Ben is in fact one the most well-known celebrity poker players. In the past he has won the California State Poker Championship Sunday, taking home a whopping $356,400.

Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase is a hugely successful comedian, writer and actor in TV and films. He is probably most well known for his role in four of the National Lampoon's Vacation films, which have become comedy classics.

He is also known for playing in lots of celebrity poker showdowns, as well as charity events. He is not however known for being a big money winner, as he seems more concerned with the fun aspect of the game. He is part of the Hollywood Gourmet Poker Club, which was founded by the legendary Johnny Carson. Some other big names in the club include Steve Martin, Barry Diller and Neil Simon.

Tobey Maguire

He may be Spiderman to us, but in the poker world he is making quite the name for himself. The actor took up tournament poker in 2004. He was tutored by the poker professional Daniel Negreanu and it seems to have paid off as he has finished in the money on a number of occasions. It has been said that he has actually won $10 million by playing poker over the years.

Jason Alexander

Okay, he might not be your traditional stud but he's a hugely talented man, who is an actor, writer, comedian, director and producer. He also is a huge fan of poker and regularly appears in televised poker shows and in tournaments. He plays so much that he was once one of the 'famous faces' on the website Hollywood Poker.