Norm MacDonald


Born in Quebec, Norm Macdonald is best known for his years as the host of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live. His career began as a writer for The Dennis Miller Show, and Roseanne.

Norm read Beat the Dealer at age eight and learned to count cards. While growing up on a farm in rural Canada, he passed the time by learning and practicing card games. By age 12, he had developed into such a good backgammon player that he was competitive on the tournament circuit. But despite his skills at math and interest in card games, he hadn't actually done much gambling before moving to Los Angeles.

Serious Gambling

Unfortunately, his interest in gambling grew into something more serious. It is well-known that Norm is a serious gambler on a good day, and an addict on a bad day. An article in the April 2007 issue of Bluff Magazine titled, "Norm Macdonald's Big Gamble" gave some interesting details about his experiences.

While he was writer on Rosanne, a fellow writer on the show introduced Norm to the Commerce Casino where he started playing 7-card Stud before moving on to Hold 'Em. He was quickly hooked and would play all night at the Commerce before going straight back to the show. Once Norm discovered Vegas, in 1993, the Mirage became his favorite place to go.

During his tenure at SNL in New York, he would go to Atlantic City right after the show to gamble. One night he got up from Taj Mahal blackjack table to go to the ATM and ran into his friend Danny, a production assistant from SNL, who introduced Norm to craps, a game he knew nothing about. During his first-ever session, Norm won about $75,000. He had so many chips and he didn't want to cash them in (for tax reasons) so he stuffed them in a bag in his refrigerator. He planned to cash out his chips a little at a time every weekend and keep his profits. But he said that he couldn't go back to playing low stakes, so he ended up gambling the money away after six months.


Norm has become a visible celebrity poker player over the last few years. His poker playing generates income while keeping him away from the money-losing casino games. His only cash at the WSOP though was in 2007, when he came in 20th place in the $3,000 No Limit Texas Hold 'em event, winning $14,608.

There has also been a rumor that the movie Rounders was based on Norm MacDonald because Norn occasionally played at the Mayfair Club where the writers of the movie had scouted out to do research. But the writers stated that the movie had nothing to do with him.


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I heard it said once and it may be true the following statement:
Degenerate gamblers, deep inside themselves have a fire burning. They want to lose.
It seems a counterintuitive statement, who the hell wants to lose! However if you really get down to the bones of it these poor bastards are carrying a cross on a treadmill.

Jimghost on August 21, 2015

He's not funny and he can't play cards worth a shit. What a DONK!

bad_dog76 on November 30, 2007

I would like to enagage in sexual activity with Norm, see what you can do.

julieannefiu on December 5, 2006

Norm is definetly one of the charmiest/sexiest poker players I've seen so far.. // Erika

xerika on August 1, 2005

Norm is the 2nd best poker player ever... the best? You guessed it, FRANK STALLONE.

Goobersauce on July 31, 2005

According to a Swedish poker magazine Norm is one of Hollywoods top 10 most dangerous and best poker players!! //Erika

xerika on July 12, 2005

NORM!!!! oh wait. where am i?

Alan on July 10, 2005

Any sightings of Norm at WSoP 2005? If so contact me at [email][/email]. Love to hear how Norm is losing bad.

Gigohead. on July 6, 2005

I am an okay poker player, but my comedy is flawless! I mean, who need a punchline when you have the word "crackwhore"?

Norm MacDonald on May 11, 2005

Probably the third or fourth best NLH player ever and the second funniest man alive. All the big money players (Reese, Brunson,etc.) fear him.

loser on May 8, 2005

According to the, Norm is committed to the new Lou Diamond Philip movie, "Dead Money". Maybe a good project.

Gigohead. on April 25, 2005

Leave the man alone, he is almost as good as Ben Affleck. He should surpass him in about 67 years.

Lou Diamond Phillips on March 11, 2005

Norm is one of the funniest men alive. In the top ten for certain, possibly top five.

Unregistered on January 29, 2005

I was hoping to purchase a photo of Johnny Chan for an upcoming show on ESPN called Cheap Seats. I was hoping you would be able to assist me in aquiring a photo.Have a good day,Zachary Fox-ESPN Cheap Seats on January 26, 2005

You boy's got a lot of growing up to do. Ridiculous, you know what hurts the most... the lack of respect... actually the other thing hurts the most, but the lack of respect, that hurts the second most.. way outta way outta line, I got a good minf to go to the warden about this one.....................ridiculous

albert on January 16, 2005

Norm is the funniest man in the world and he got a knack for poker as well

Patrick J on January 5, 2005

Hey, I taught Stu Ungar himself how to play..don't test the skills

Lou Diamond Phillips on December 14, 2004

"even lou diamond phillips admires his plays"? since when is lou diamond phillips and authority on poker ,hahah wtf???

djnpa_30 on November 29, 2004

give norm sometime to learn. evey time i see him play he inproves a little bit.

jered3232 on October 25, 2004

come on, he sucks at poker. i know that. just because he beat some of the actor retards on celeberty poker doesnt mean hes good.

Unregistered on October 20, 2004

Thank you for including Norm. He totally loves this game! Even Lou Diamond Phillips admires his poker plays. According to Phil Gordon, Norm needs to be more work on his "head up strategies". After seeing the pros, Norm does need to take more of a chance.

Gigohead. on September 28, 2004

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