Is Leonardo DiCaprio a Poker Deadbeat? Pop Singer Ronan Keating Shares Tale of Being Stiffed

October 14th, 2018 by Daniel Smyth

Irish pop star Ronan Keating says actor Leonardo DiCaprio owes him money from a private poker game in Australia.

Leonardo DiCaprio

Deadbeat DiCaprio? Supposedly the A-list movie star still owes Boyzone’s Ronan Keating a couple hundred dollars. (Image: Digital Spy)

Speaking on Aussie radio show Stav, Abby & Matt, the Boyzone front man said he played cards with DiCaprio in Sydney while on a business trip. At the time, DiCaprio was filming “The Great Gatsby” and Keating recalls the cards were on the Hollywood star’s side.

“I think he took a couple of hundred dollars off me,” Keating replied when asked how the 2013 game went. But he added that he probably finished closer to even had DiCaprio paid back money he had to loan him for a buy-in.

“I think I loaned him a couple of hundred dollars to get into the game,” Keating quipped.

Friendly Table Talk

In a previous interview with, the singer also revealed that the two shared some needling at the table. After both men auditioned for a part in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie Moulin Rouge, Keating broached the subject while playing poker.

“Man, what about Moulin Rouge?” he said during the game. “F**k me, I couldn’t act,”

Quick to reply, DiCaprio made light of the fact he was auditioning for a role that involved singing when his vocal talents weren’t quite up to scratch.

“Hey, Ronan, you couldn’t act, and I couldn’t f**king sing for s**t,” Keating recalls.

Given the good-natured back-and-forth and Keating’s tone during the radio interview, it’s obvious the “poker debt” is nothing more than banter. We know DiCaprio has a long association with poker and the latest news certainly supports Molly Bloom’s claim that he was one of the more affable players in her infamous high stakes games.

DiCaprio Keeps His Cool

One of the original players, DiCaprio had a relaxed demeanor, according to Bloom’s book.

“He had a strange style at the table, though; it was almost as if he wasn’t trying to win or lose. He folded most hands and listened to music on huge headphones,” reads an extract from Molly’s Game.

For those that have read the book or seen the 2017 movie, Bloom’s characterization of DiCaprio sits in contrast to her assessment of Tobey Maguire. Another regular in the secretive games, Bloom describes her relationship with the actor as toxic following a number of angry outbursts.

DiCaprio, however, appears to be a cool and charismatic at the felt, even if he does forget to pay his debts.

8 Responses to “Is Leonardo DiCaprio a Poker Deadbeat? Pop Singer Ronan Keating Shares Tale of Being Stiffed”

  1. donny306 says:

    Thats something
    A highly paid actor that cant pay his own debt at the table let alone a couple hundred

  2. whiskers77 says:

    I didn’t knew, that DiCaprio is somehow connected to poker, honestly so far. But well, I am not the biggest fan of him, but some movies of him are not so bad. For me it really sounds a little bit strange, that he did not pay his debts to Keating. I guess, he should have enough money for this. But who knows, maybe he was drunk and does not remember anymore.

  3. Poker_Mike says:

    Anyone else think it’s strange for one celebrity to come forward in a public way about another celebrity owing him a few hundred bucks. Maybe it was $800 ? This is tip money for people that run in these circles. Is that worth it to burn a bridge?

    Do you know anyone that would pay $500 just to say that they played poker with DiCaprio? Or Keating or any other celebrity for that matter?

    People spend more money on less!

    Just feels like they are publicizing their desire to be in the next poker movie.

    Not that anyone should deny paying their debts.

    Good luck at the tables and in life fellas…

  4. albosaltenio says:

    if it’s true that he owes a few hundred dollars I do not think it’s intentional, surely for them it is a negligible amount.
    I think what the other said was just to brag that a star of the caliber of Dicaprio owes him some coins, apparently there are many movie stars who enjoy this game.

  5. Paya_31 says:

    hello, very interesting article, I think it was a quiet game between these two big stars and more to chat and hang out, that Dicaprio owes money to Ronan I think it was just a joke Ronan. the good thing that big stars play poker.

  6. shanest says:

    Not like DiCaprio would be short a couple of hundred dollars. Surely just a misunderstanding.
    Must be crazy the stakes some of these big stars play. Is Molly’s book worth reading. I did enjoy the movie

  7. danoscar says:

    $800, $100, does not matter. DiCaprio wants to play, then he should pay. There must be more behind the story than what meets the eye.

  8. Rijckenborg says:

    Acting in a movie like “Shutter Island” or “Gangs of New York” must be traumatising.
    I am not surprised that he have strange style at the table.

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