Nicklas Bendtner has revealed he has already played £ 400,000 at a London casino in just 90 minutes, while on the verge of bankruptcy.
The incident took place in 2011, while the Danish forward was still at Arsenal.
In retrospect, he admits the experience was ‘the wake-up call that helped break the spell’ as he struggled through his struggles, having previously revealed that he had lost nearly £ 5.4million to the poker.
Recalling the incident, Bendtner told The Guardian: “I am too drunk to sit at a table. This is what I get. But roulette is another matter. Red, black, red, black. How hard can it be? ”.
After 90 minutes, he added, I lost £ 400,000. The money I don’t have. My bank account is overdrawn and I am bankrupt if my luck does not turn out.
“I stagger in the loos and splash water on my face. Then I find a cashier and get another £ 50,000 in tokens, ”he continued.
Bendtner says he was able to recover £ 380,000 of the money he lost that night, but admitted it “was too risky – even for me”.
He added: “When you’re more or less broke, it makes you think, ‘This has to stop. I was down £ 400,000 but ended up getting some back, actually ”.
“It was too risky – even for me. It was the wake-up call that helped break this spell, ”he suggested.
The 32-year-old spoke to Sportsmail last week about the extravagance of his off-field lifestyle when he debuted at Arsenal, revealing he has been blackmailed twice.
“The bottom line was that no one in my life said ‘no’, he said, before pointing out that ‘Everyone I knew just said what I wanted to hear’.
Bendtner also made the headlines at Euro 2012 when he celebrated a goal against by pulling down his shorts to reveal a bookmaker’s signature underwear.
He had accepted an offer of £ 200,000 to make the move and was fined by UEFA for his participation.
He admitted to Sportsmail: “What I won was gone. But at the time, I also thought it was a pretty funny gadget and that it hadn’t been done before ”.
“Of course I didn’t think that millions of people would watch, that people would go crazy, that the fine would be higher than that given to some players for racism,” he said.
“Back then, I would have done it over and over and over again. Now? I’m not so sure, ”he said.