Most professional gamblers are very creative people who like to express themselves in unique ways. They might not be the most obvious candidates for tattoos, but many of them have gotten one or more body art designs that reflect their personality and profession.
Tattoos are also an expression of their individualism and they tend to choose tattoos that reflect this.
Tattoos can sometimes be useful while gambling. For instance, there's nothing more intimidating than sitting across from someone at the poker table with a poker-themed tattoo. If they find gambling that important in their life, they've probably spent more time thinking about the game than you did—so be careful about trying to bluff them!
These tattoos are not just for decoration, but many of these gamblers have taken their tattoo designs to the next level by getting custom playing card-themed body art. These famous professional gamblers aren't afraid to show off their love for gambling in public and I'm sure other gamblers and poker fans will appreciate these tattoos.
Professional gamblers are not only good at reading casino odds but some of them have really good taste for tattoos, as well. In this article, we take a closer look at four professional gamblers and their tattoo designs.
Neymar da Silva Santos Junior
Known all over the world as simply Neymar, this Brazilian pro footballer earned the distinction of being the most expensive player of all time. Neymar's previous club, FC Barcelona, sold him to Paris Saint-Germain for $222 million in 2017. Neymar is also a cornerstone of the Brazilian National Team.
Neymar is an avowed fan of tattoos and has been seen with several inked designs.
Some of his best-known tattoos are a flower on his left arm, emojis on his calves, Olympic Rings on his left wrist to symbolize Brazil's gold medal from the 2016 Olympics, and several motivational phrases and quotes.
While Neymar is most famous for being a pro athlete, he is also a noted fan of gambling. He is an ambassador for PokerStars, a behemoth of online poker, casino games, and sports betting.
Neymar has been spotted at several poker tournaments and has his own freeroll tournaments for PokerStars.
The American rapper Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes, Jr.) has been very successful as a solo artist as well as part of the St. Louis rap group St. Lunatics.
Nelly is also an avid poker player who has been photographed playing at the World Series of Poker as well as numerous cash games at various US casinos. The rapper was part of a viral video in 2020 showing him being berated by a fellow player at a casino table for his poor poker skills.
Nelly has a large number of tattoos, but the most visible one is on his right shoulder and bicep. Featuring five playing cards that spell out "Nelly" and a pair of dice, it is clear that the rapper loves gambling.
Some of Nelly's other tattoos are the name "Moses" on his inner right arm to symbolize his leadership of his crew and a bloody heart on the left side of his chest.
Ben Affleck is a famous Hollywood actor. In the world of gambling, Affleck is best-known for his legendary poker face. He is a vocal fan of skill-based gambling games like Blackjack and poker and has been spotted playing in casinos all over the world. Affleck is also a regular high-stakes fixture at private games and tournaments like The World Series of Poker.
Affleck's tattoos are not visible when he dresses formally for films, but they can be seen when he goes shirtless or wears short sleeves on red carpets.
Affleck's biggest tattoo is of a huge phoenix all over his back. He also has a dolphin tattoo on his lower back, an "OV" on his shoulder blade, and a cross surrounded by flowers on his left bicep.
Beth Shak is a professional poker player as well as a renowned collector of designer shoes, particularly Christian Louboutins. While Shak is not as well-known as some other poker players, she is one of the most consistent female players in the poker scene, in both cash games and tournaments.
Shak's first tattoo was done by TLC reality show star Ami James for the "NY Ink" program. Located on her groin area, the tattoo combines her love of shoes and her Zodiac sign (Scorpio) into one coherent design.