More than anyone, major celebrities often enjoy special access to exclusive venues and clubs that most of us could never walk in to. However, there are some places you can go that some of the biggest names on the planet are barred from.
Several casinos have outright banned a few of the rich and the famous for reasons that might surprise you.
These 7 celebrities can’t set foot in certain establishments. Here’s why:
In her youth, the world-famous hotel empire heiress was known for being a high-flying socialite with a seemingly non-stop party lifestyle. Her antics gained her fame and notoriety, and she took full advantage, launching TV shows, cosmetics and fashion lines, and a social media career that paved the way for present-day influencers.
Her fame and fortune, however, could not shield her from all of life’s consequences when in 2010 she was arrested in Las Vegas for felony cocaine possession. The resulting fallout saw Hilton banned from two Wynn Resorts Ltd. Properties, namely, the Wynn Las Vegas and the Wynn Encore.
Ben Affleck is one of Hollywood’s most recognisable leading men with a successful career that spans almost 4 decades and is peppered with awards from the Oscars, the Screen Actor’s Guild, the Golden Globes and more. With a profile like that, it’s hard to imagine that he would find himself banned from one of Las Vegas’ more iconic casinos.
Affleck’s ban from the Hard Rock Vegas in 2014 was first enforced when he was caught counting cards, a rare skill where players learn to predict the likelihood of the next hand to come up in a card game. In this case, the game was blackjack, and the casino was less impressed with the actor’s gambling skills than he was, resulting in him being barred from the venue.
The famous rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur and actor, Lil’ Wayne is known as much for his outrageous looks and antics as his award-filled music career. The founder of the wildly successful Young Money Entertainment record label is responsible for elevating several now world-famous artists such as Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Drake to the dizzy heights of super-stardom, but even the mightiest of celebs are not beyond the reach of the law.
In 2010 Wayne was reportedly proactively banned from the Wynn Las Vegas as the rapper/producer’s reputation for wild partying and parole violations was too much for the venue to risk. Wayne seemed unphased at not being able to enjoy the Wynn’s charms and opted for the Palms Casino instead.
Doug Stanhope began his stand-up comedy career in Vegas at the tender age of 23, and since then has gone on to become a big-name draw for stand-up comedy crowds, the host of a popular podcast, and a somewhat confounding political activist. While his no-holds-barred abrasive comedy style has earned him many fans, one particular casino took offence to his otherwise winning attitude.
In a 2019 two-star Yelp review, Stanhope made some pointedly unfavourable and unflattering comments about the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He alleged that the venue was unsanitary, outdated, and not generous enough with its rewards programme. In response, the casino issued the funny man with a letter informing him that he is no longer welcome at its doors.
The former NBA superstar boasts a stellar career and a trophy case groaning with the weight of his collected accolades. His induction to the NBA hall of fame was well earned as he claimed award after award, rising to the pinnacle of his sport. It seems that the trappings of fame brought out Iverson’s wild side and unfortunately a couple of casinos preferred tamer temperaments.
Iverson has been barred from casinos in Detroit and Atlantic City. His ban from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino came after he refused to return winnings paid to him in error and he was banned from the MGM and Greektown casinos for drunken and disruptive behaviour.
The world-famous illusionist has been bamboozling and delighting the senses of millions. His ambitious nature saw him take less than a decade of performing to have his own TV show (one of five that he would eventually have), several best-selling DVDs and a stage show that packs full houses to this day. He is best known for his sleight of hand, mentalist, and card tricks.
It should come as no surprise then, that once Brown became well known, he was banned from gambling at most casinos in his home country of the UK because inviting someone in who is likely to beat your odds does not translate to good business.
Dana White went from being a relatively unknown individual to a household name across the globe when he became the president of the UFC. Having discovered the secret to spinning brutal display of mixed martial arts into gold, the former boxer has amassed an estimated fortune of $500 million with the sport growing in popularity every year.
The ex-pugilist could be said to be suffering from success as he has been astonishingly banned twice from the Palms Casino in Las Vegas as well as three other unnamed casinos for apparently winning too much at Blackjack. A 2014 report details how White was barred from the palms for a second time after claiming a staggering $2 million in Blackjack winnings.