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Celebrity whales and high rollers

Since the days of the Rat Pack, gambling has held a certain allure. And despite the fact that Frank Sinatra uttered his last ring-a-ding-ding almost 20 years ago, casino culture is still associated with the rich and famous, particularly when it comes to "whales" and "high rollers."

If those terms are unfamiliar to you, you probably don't gamble. In casino culture, whales and high rollers play with large sums of money, and they sometimes have to show up with at least five figures in order to even be seated at certain games. So it should come as no surprise that a lot of these people are celebrities, some of whom have parlayed gambling into a new career when the old one has waned.

CNBC.com presents a list of celebrities who have made headlines for their love of gambling and the lifestyle it brings with it.

By Daniel Bukszpan
Posted 26 March 2014

"Money Talks" takes viewers inside the world of Steve Stevens, a sports handicapper who runs VIP Sports in Las Vegas. Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CNBC.

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