NHL Star Lost More Than $230,000 Betting On Football, Used Salary Check To Pay Part Of Deficit

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When federal officials began investigating an illegal gambling ring in western New York, they assumed Minnesota Wild star and degenerate gambler Thomas Vanek had to be involved somehow. Why else would he have handed off $230,000 to the guys in charge?

It turns out, he wasn’t helping them launder money. He was their client–and a profitable one at that. Vanek was paying off his crippling gambling debt, and there was a lot of it.

Vanek liked to bet on football. Unfortunately, he wasn’t very good at it. He minimized part of his debt–some suggest he owes more than $1 million–with a $230,000 salary check from the New York Islanders. The Islanders handed him a six-figure check and he handed it right over to his bookie. Think about that for a minute. It’s absurd.

From Vanek’s agent, via the Star-Tribune:

“Now people are like, ‘Oh, Thomas was a money launderer. That’s totally false. He was the bettor. He bet on football games. Obviously that’s what he was testifying to. It doesn’t take Einstein to figure that out.”

“No my client didn’t do anything illegal, he’s just really fucking bad at gambling!”

Losing $100 on a football game here and there isn’t necessarily that bad. Losing anything more than $100,000 is horrifying. If this guy can’t figure out how to bet on football, by far the easiest sport to gamble on, then maybe it’s time to throw in the gambling towel and find a new hobby.

I wish we knew what games he was betting on and how much money he placed on each game, but sadly, these details aren’t public. I can only imagine how stupid they must have been.

[via Star Tribune]

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