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4 sports personalities who lost money gambling

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Inside Aspers Casino at Westfield Stratford City Mall

Considering the hugely competitive streak that all of the best sportsmen and women have, it perhaps comes as little surprise that some of them like gambling. Indeed, gambling can be a great way of feeding that competitive streak, as well as providing an adrenaline rush close to that felt on the pitch, the absence of which can obviously be felt most profoundly during pre-season.

While gambling has been the source of much anguish in the private lives of footballers like Paul Merson, many sports stars merely find it to be a highly enjoyable past-time.

With so much money in their pockets, it is not at all surprising that the stakes are always high.

We took a look at some big names in sport that have been known to have a flutter in the casino.

Michael Owen


Back in 2003, it was reported that the then Liverpool striker had gambled away around £40,000 in two years.

Owen came under some criticism in the British media at the time, but he has always been unapologetic about his gambling, admitting to the buzz he felt when gambling, as well as his passion for horse racing, having bought his first horse back in 1998 at the age of 18 and later going on to breed race winners.

Perhaps it is fair to say that Owen was treated unfairly as he never broke any rules – like putting bets on games or competitions he was playing in – so it was arguably entirely his decision what he decided to do with the £50,000 he was earning per week at Liverpool.

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