Date: 21st November 2000
Actor WILL SMITH lost an incredible $60,000 (£39,960) gambling while preparing for the filming of THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE in Las Vegas.
Golf coach RON DEL BARRIO said he and Smith spent a week in Las Vegas, hitting both the links and the gaming tables.
While the trip did good things for Smith's swing, the tables were another story, Del Barrio said. After Smith lost $60,000 in about 20 minutes, Del Barrio said that Smith vowed it would never happen again. "Ron," he said. "I guarantee you this - you will never see me gamble again." For the rest of that trip and during several subsequent visits to this gambling Mecca, Smith apparently held to his word.
Del Barrio said he asked Smith how he resisted temptation. Smith's response: "That's how I am, I learn a lesson and I don't forget it." (PDD/WNWA)