French Open semifinalist says he lost $500K in winnings playing blackjack
Ernests Gulbis had one of his strongest performances in a Grand Slam even over the past few weeks at the French Open, reaching the semifinals where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
Gulbis won a reported $558,479 for his nice run at Roland Garros, but revealed that he blew it all, while celebrating, losing all his winnings at a Paris blackjack table.
Gulbis made the admission following a surprising early loss this week at Wimbledon warmup tournament. He claimed that he was exaggerating a bit when he said he lost all $500,000 of his French Open winnings, but revealed he didn’t walk away with much left of the money.
Seriously, someone should get this guy in touch with Floyd Mayweather. He could learn a thing or two from the savvy gambler and boxer.
“After losing to [Novak] Djokovic, I returned to Latvia with my cousin and I went to the casino: I bet all prize money won in Paris and I lost it,” Gulbis said on Tuesday, via the New York Post. “I like blackjack, but I lost. I lost a lot.”.
Before you feel too bad for the tennis player, it should be noted that he comes from one of the wealthiest families in Latvia. So, don’t cry for the guy. He’s going to be just fine. And by that I mean he’s still filthy rich, no matter how much money he pisses away gambling.