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Arsenal Footballers And Their Love For Casino

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Casinos are a hotbed of excitement. From the palpable energy of the high roller tables to the ching-ching of the slots, and everyone stepping out in their finest after a night on the town. It’s enough to get the blood pumping, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Contrast that with playing a game of professional football. You’re hurtling down the field, your teammates surrounding you, firing up and winding up, with your mind screaming that maybe this will end in a goal.

See the similarities?

It’s no wonder that many professional athletes love to play casino games. That similar rush exists when gambling, finding yourself on a streak, as it does on the field seeking a win in front of the eyes of millions.

And for many an Arsenal player, you’ll find them doing just that, hitting a casino as a thrill-seeking outlet, just like when the team was spotted out and about at London’s Barracuda Casino.

Sure, these much-loved (or perhaps, loathed?) players will always have a good game of footie at the top of their list. But who’d pass up a good casino game? We know even Arsenal fans wouldn’t mind a good game of poker, blackjack, or even a football-themed slot game. And thanks to the abundance of online casinos available, it’s easy to benefit from one of the latest no deposit free spins bonuses.

So who likes to play what at the casino? See if your favourite Arsenal players’ casino game interests align with your own personal favourite games. You might just be surprised!

1. Roulette: Easy to Play After a Few Drinks

There’s no denying that many a player gets themselves into a messy spot or two after far too many drinks. And while alcohol can lead to poor decision-making, it also has an impact on a person’s cognitive thinking abilities. If you’re a million drinks in, you might find it difficult to determine what another person’s hand in poker might be. But playing roulette? Hey, that’s easy.

If you’re three sheets to the wind, all you have to do to make a bet in roulette is put some chips down on red or black and see whether the ball falls on your chosen colour. It’s so simple you could probably train a dog to do it!

And that was the case for star Nicklas Bendtner, who famously said in his documentary “I’m way too drunk to sit at a table. But roulette is a different matter. Red, black, red, black. After 90 minutes I’ve lost £400,000.”

2. Blackjack: A Quick Goal 

High-stakes blackjack is the game of choice for thrill seekers all over the world, and that does not discount Arsenal players. In a game where you need to get closer to 21 than the dealer, it’s also an easy game to play. A round is short, sweet, and requires simple strategy to get a win. And when you’re on a roll, you’re on a roll.

Unlike long plays on the field, blackjack is a way for players to get a quick win. The rush of the game can continue from round to round. Players just need to make sure that they step away from the table if they find themselves on a straight losing streak.

3. Poker: Celebrity Games Post-Career 

Post-career there are plenty of options for players to continue to make the big bucks. From speaking engagements to commentary spots, commercials to reality television, and coaching or other behind the scenes roles. But how about celebrity poker matches? Celebrity poker matches – and even football-specific celebrity poker matches – are well-watched events around the world.

For many a player, or ex-player, who fancies themselves at poker, celebrity poker matches are a great way to potentially earn some cash while keeping a name for themselves.

Remember Ray Parlour? The ex-Arsenal alum, who has three Premier League titles under his belt, is a known player on the circuit. With wins aplenty, Ray dominates the competition at the table as he used to on the field.

4. Slots: Football-themed Fun 

While most players wouldn’t like to admit it, they love a turn on the slots, too, whether it’s at the casino, while on an end-of-year trip abroad, or just lazily on their phone. Football-themed slots might be a strange choice for a player looking to unwind, but when you need to keep your head in the game, what better way than letting the football spill over into the gambling action?

There are plenty of football-themed slots for players to choose from. Just don’t expect to see any Arsenal guys pulling up a slots game that’s themed along the lines of their competition. The backlash would cause an absolute storm in the media!

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Amiya Saha
Avid follower of Manchester United FC. Have blind faith on the Red Devils at any point. Waiting to see Manchester United bring back the Ferguson era. Has a dream to watch Manchester United play at Old Trafford live.

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