Did Roman Abramovich lose $500,000 yacht at poker?

Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich loses Yacht at PokerThe Italian Press are reporting that Russian Oligarch Roman Abramovich lost one of his $500,000 yachts in a game of poker last week.

Apparently Abramovich has become quite a serious (although apparently not too good) poker player recently, and lost the yacht in a Spanish poker game last week, after watching his football team Chelsea play Barcelona in the European Champions League.

Unsurprisingly, nothing but strenuous denials from Abramovich’s spokesmen.

“The story is absolutely, completely, entirely false. We have instructed our lawyers to examine legal action.”

I’ve just done a quick Google search to find out a bit about Abramovich’s fleet of yachts. If you remember, he has such an extensive collection that the British Press have dubbed his fleet “Roman’s Navy”. Here’s a picture of just one of his yachts.

Abramovich Yacht Poker

Given that Abramovich has four or five yachts at least as nice as this one, and that they each have to be worth $50 million or more, I’m not sure that the loss of a $500,000 yacht is going to bother him all that much…


  1. Balqis

    I wouldn’t give much credit to the Metropolitan Post
    It’s mainly a gossip site
    Apparently after an ultimatum from Daria, he passed from real poker to the one online, like Paris Hilton and Doronin
    If you click on Moda&Mode, then put the text under ABRAMOVICH PERDE LA BARCA A POKER, in Google translator, you can have an idea of this big scoop
    Ciao :-)

  2. online poker pro magazine

    Is there any other site which has claimed that Roman Abramovich lose $500,000! Its really unbelievable!!!

  3. Russian President (unofficially)

    05.05.09 | tribalfootball.com

    Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has denied reports he lost one of his fleet of yachts in a high stakes poker game.

    “The story is absolutely, completely, entirely false,” Abramovich spokesman John Mann said after three Russian daily newspapers published versions of the story that originated in the Italian press.

    The popular daily Moskovsky Komsomelets said the oligarch lost the $US500,000 yacht while playing poker in Barcelona, which he was visiting to watch Chelsea in action last week.

    Two other mass-circulation Russian dailies, Izvestia and Trud, also published the story, citing the Italian newspaper La Repubblica as the source of the information.

    Mr Mann said Mr Abramovich had not been in Barcelona for the Chelsea match and asserted that the entire story was a fabrication.

    “We have instructed our lawyers to examine legal action over publication of the story,” he said.

    Russian President (unofficially)´s last blog post..America: Freedom to Fascism

  4. poemless

    Also, from AFP:

    “The Russian newspaper said his poker habit had become a sore point between him and girlfriend Daria Zhukova and that the billionaire, who made his fortune in Russia’s sell-off of state assets in the 1990s, had instead turned to gambling online.”

    That is kind of depressing.