You hear a lot about athletes blowing their money on gambling. When you’re making like $10 million a year, blowing $200k in Vegas at a casino isn’t a huge deal, Heck, in my world, that’s the equivalent of taking $300 to the casino (you can do the math to figure out how much cash I make).
Kobe Bryant makes about $30 million a year as the top paid player. Even Quincy Miller, who is the 439th top paid player in the NBA, pulls in close to $800k. And it’s not just NBA, NHL, NFL, and MLB pros pulling in the cash. Ernests Gulbis, a Latvian tennis pro, has $4.8 million in career earnings, including 6 career titles.
But, according to a recent report, he blew about 10% of that at a casino. In celebration of his impressive semifinal run at the French Open, the 25-year old took his $557,000 to a casino, hit the Blackjack tables, and the rest is history. And by that, I mean his cash is history. As in gone. Finished. The casino has it. He lost. Yup, more than half-a-million.
This is all hearsay though. Gulbis has been known to say a lot of controversial things. He recently found himself in a bit of trouble after saying that female tennis players should focus more on having children than trying to win titles.
Gulbis isn’t the first athlete to dabble in gambling and blow a lot of money (assuming his story is true). Michael Jordan was famous for spending his time at the high roller’s tables in Atlantic City when in town before games. It apparently got pretty bad that the league launched an investigation into his gambling habits.
Charles Barkley went on record back in 2006 to say that he lost $10 million over the years gambling. Yet he doesn’t think he has a problem because he can afford to lose that kind of coin.
We don’t know if Gulbis is preying on the gullible, or if he actually lost that kind of coin. But either way, the story is impressive. Of course, I personally prefer to hear stories of athletes and celebrities winning, like Ben Affleck, who was kicked out of a casino in Windsor, Canada last week. The difference with Ben, though, is that he actually wins.