The 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.
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…
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
Mr. Abramovich is suing “Republica” for slander.
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I’d best be careful what I say about Roman…
Is there any other site which has claimed that Roman Abramovich lose $500,000! Its really unbelievable!!!
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.
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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.
Sounds like one of those tools who get OK-ish at it and now consider themselves the shiznit.
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Im not sure that the loss of a $500,000 yacht is going to bother him all that much
Exactly. $500k does not buy you much yacht, at least not amongst those with whom Abramovitch rubs shoulders.
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