Did you know that even some of the most well-known athletes are avid gamblers? Their love for the rush of gambling aligns with their desire for thrilling experiences.
Take a look at these famous sports figures and their captivating gambling experiences:
TIGER WOODS – GOLF
Some sports celebrities have a knack for gambling, and Tiger Woods is definitely one of them. That’s why he tops our list.
Tiger is known to bet as much as $25,000 per hand in Blackjack at high stakes tables with $1 million limits at a prominent casino in Las Vegas.
MICHAEL JORDAN – BASKETBALL
Michael Jordan is a man who thrives on excitement and is often found in the midst of the action. In 1993, he was seen gambling in Atlantic City the night before a game against the Knicks. Although an investigation later revealed that he never bet on his own matches, Jordan admitted to losing large sums of money through gambling. However, he stated that it is not a problem for him.
Even though he has been retired for a number of years, Jordan is still known to participate in high-stakes games or play golf with famous people
MARIO BALOTELLI – FOOTBALL
Mario Balotelli, the former Liverpool and Manchester City soccer player, is both fortunate and charitable. After winning £25,000 at a Manchester gambling establishment, he walked out of the casino and gave a significant portion of his winnings to a homeless person who happened to be outside the casino.
These are only a few examples of well-known athletes who enjoy gambling. Other famous sports stars with interesting gambling experiences include Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, and Wayne Rooney
CHARLES BARKLEY – BASKETBALL
Charles Barkley, another basketball player, shares the same love for gambling as his friend Michael Jordan. In 2006, he revealed to ESPN that he had lost $10 million due to his gambling habits, including $2.5 million in just six hours playing blackjack and $700,000 during one Super Bowl weekend.
In an interview, Charles said that he enjoys gambling for the fun of it and is not trying to win large amounts of money or become wealthy from it, although he has often had large wins in a short period of time.