Top professional sports stars certainly work hard to fulfill their potential and the financial rewards they receive are very lucrative. Gala Casino has conducted its own research into sports stars that have a passion for gambling and wagers demonstrating their zeal for excitement away from their day-jobs. Taking calculated risks can be what separates the mundane form the exceptional in their professional lives and many, historically, it seems are the largest gamblers and casino high rollers away from their own sports arenas.
Basketball legend Michael Jordan is documented to have lost over a million dollars while betting on the golf course in addition to relinquishing hundreds of thousands of dollars at the poker tables. His lavish wealth knows no bounds. Golfer John Daly confessed in his biography to losing between 50 and 60 million dollars in casinos plus an additional 1.5 million to the slots of Las Vegas. Charles Barkley conceded a deficit of $10 million at casinos including a one time $2.5 million losing streak at the blackjack table. Phil Mickleson scooped thousands of dollars with bets on the Super Bowl and World Series, but allegedly lost over $200,000 to other golfers on staked practice games. $25,000 a hand at blackjack and a $! million limit at the MGM Grand got Tiger Woods juices flowing. While betting over a million dollars on NFL teams in one week, Floyd Mayweather Jr loved to display the six figure tickets on the internet.
On this side of the pond footballers love a gamble, Wayne Rooney ran up a bill totaling £700,000 in 2006 with his passion for the dogs, horses and football. Paul Merson, formally of Arsenal, indulged himself to the tune of £7,000,000 to fulfill his addictions. Matthew Etherington, while playing at West Ham, gambled so much that the club had to step in and assist in his bailout. Eidur Gudjohnson’s passion for casinos led him to lose £400,000, while Didi Hamann racked up a personal debt of £600,000 and faced legal action to recover the cash. John Terry and ex pal Wayne Bridge allegedly spent extensively on the dogs and horses while at Chelsea. Like Eidur Gudjohnson, Johnathan Woodgate demonstrated a love for casinos losing a reported £1.8 million at the tables. Michael Owen retired from football and now concentrates on his racehorses.