Charles Barkley Says Michael Jordan Bet $300k on Golf Putt

Michael Jordan is at the center of some of the greatest gambling stories of all time. And retired NBA MVP Charles Barkley just added one more tale to Jordan’s lore – betting $300,000 on a single golf putt. Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, Barkley discussed the golf story among other topics. “We’d be playing […]

charles-barkley-michael-jordanMichael Jordan is at the center of some of the greatest gambling stories of all time. And retired NBA MVP Charles Barkley just added one more tale to Jordan’s lore – betting $300,000 on a single golf putt.

Appearing on The Dan Patrick Show, Barkley discussed the golf story among other topics.

“We’d be playing golf with certain people, for a couple hundred dollars a hole, nothing big, and he’d [Jordan] be playing some guy for $100,000,” Barkley said.

“He’s like, ‘Charles, pick that up.’ I’m like, ‘This putt is for $200.’ He’s like, ‘Pick that up, Charles, get out of my way, you’re in my line.’

Then Charles got the big revelation from Jordan.

“I’m like, ‘How much is that putt for?’ He’s like, ‘$300,000.’ I said, ‘Let me get out of your line.’ It was crazy, man.”

Although a shocking amount, this story still isn’t outside the bounds of Jordan and his massive bankroll. MJ once lost $5 million when playing craps in Las Vegas, leading some to think that the NBA suspended him for gambling.

In another story, Jordan hosted late-night poker games during the 1992 Olympics that kept Magic Johnson, Barkley, and Scottie Pippen up for hours. The other players weren’t used to this grind, but Jordan could get 1 hour of sleep during these nights and still dominate on the court.

As for Barkley, he has plenty of gambling tales himself. And based on some recent blackjack strategy advice he gave TMZ, we can’t imagine that too many of these stories end up with him winning money.

Unfortunately, Barkley and Jordan are no longer the good friends they once were. Barkley criticized his former friend’s personnel moves as owner of the Charlotte Hornets, and their relationship soured.

Regardless, they still have some great gambling stories to tell about each other.

 

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