Hip Hop's T.I. wins big in Poker

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The gaming world has been rife with celebrity sightings at the blackjack tables lately with Paris Hilton winning $30,000 and star blackjack player Don Johnson winning $2 million. And now we've finally had a recent celebrity sighting at the poker table after hip hop star T.I. won a lot of money playing at the Lumiere Casino St. Louis. 

Beginner's Luck

Following a concert in St. Louis, T.I. had some spare time before he left on a flight for the next city. So he decided to visit St. Louis' Lumiere Casino to play poker. What's particularly interesting about this is that T.I. had never played casino poker before. Despite his inexperience, the T.I. poker session was a huge success after he won somewhere between $2,500 and $3,000 at the tables. Considering that his initial stake was just $500, this is quite a win for the first-time player.

T.I.'s Career

While a $3k win is definitely nice for most poker players, it's a small amount to T.I., who has earned millions of dollars over his rapping career. The 31-year-old has released seven studio albums including I'm Serious, Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, King, T.I. vs. T.I.P., Paper Trail, and No Mercy. Some of his biggest singles include "Bring Em Out," "What You Know," "Swagga Like Us," "Whatever You Like," "Got Your Back" and "Dead and Gone."

Other Celebrity Poker Action

The T.I. poker session is the most recent action we've seen from celebrities in a while. Towards the latter part of last year, news broke about a high stakes poker ring that included such Hollywood stars as Tobey Maguire, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Unfortunately, the news arose because of a lawsuit leveled by investors who had been bilked by hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman, who also played in the poker ring. Ruderman lost millions of dollars in the poker games, and the investors were trying to recoup their money from the winners. The last word on this lawsuit was that 14 of the 22 defendants - including Maguire - agreed to pay a collective $1.7 million to the defrauded investments.