|Former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley denied that he acted improperly in placing his large Super Bowl bet last month. According to therx.com (The Prescription), Barkley bet $550,000 on the Patriots plus the points, then bet $50,000 on New England on the money line, winning a total of $787,000. |
The controversy is that, despite not having sufficient credit at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas, and despite not signing a marker, he was given the betting slips anyway. Mandalay Bay race and sportsbook director Nick Bogdanovich lost his job last month, as a direct result of Barkley’s bet, so the rumours go. Mandalay Bay spokesman Gordon Absher has declined comment on the matter, and Bogdanovich, who resigned on February. 5, has yet to comment.
Bogdanovich apparently thought that Barkley’s wagers had been cleared by the casino hosts he arrived at the sportsbook with, so he accepted the bets without approval from a supervisor. After Barkley made the bets and was given the tickets, he went to the MGM Grand.
Mandalay Bay then dispatched a casino host and asked Barkley to cancel the bet, which he refused to do. Later, Mandalay Bay backed off and paid Barkley.
For his part, Barkley is unrepentant: 'I made the bet and I deserved to get paid, and that's it,' he said. 'I didn't find out that a guy got fired because, like I say, I didn't know he got fired and I don't think he deserved to get fired for what happened. To me, there must be some internal stuff there going on.”
'But I don't want to hear this (stuff) about I didn't sign a marker because I've bet a million times and I never sign the marker until later.'