Michael Jordan Appears in Blackjack Satire Piece

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player ever. And he was also one of the toughest players, as his legendary flu game can attest to. Like many basketball old-timers, Jordan probably thinks that the players of today’s three-point-gunning, social-media-savvy league are soft. Apparently, Jordan also thinks that casino blackjack players are soft […]

Michael Jordan is widely regarded as the greatest basketball player ever. And he was also one of the toughest players, as his legendary flu game can attest to. Like many basketball old-timers, Jordan probably thinks that the players of today’s three-point-gunning, social-media-savvy league are soft.

Apparently, Jordan also thinks that casino blackjack players are soft too. Or at least a satire piece from The Onion accuses him of believing so.

The Onion proposes the idea that Jordan doesn’t think modern blackjack players could’ve hacked it in the 1980s and 90s casino scene.

Here’s an excerpt:

“These soft and coddled blackjack players today, who come into the Bellagio and stand on a jack and a five, they could never compete with the guys I went up against every single night,” said Jordan, complaining that today’s competitors lacked the killer instinct necessary to thrive in the clutch and single-handedly take over a card game when they were down by 20 or 30 grand.

“Blackjack used to be about toughness. There was one night I busted out on 20 straight hands, but I kept grinding.”

Jordan Is One of the Most Famous Gamblers of All Time

The Onion’s piece on Jordan is a combination joke on how older NBA players think about the league today, and how he is/was a serious gambler.

Jordan frequented casinos in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Northwestern Indiana (Chicago area) during his playing days. Upon retirement, he became an avid golf gambler, using his skills to try and win money from rich buddies.

Today, he spends most of his time overseeing the Charlotte Hornets as the majority team owner.

Thanks to the rise in value of NBA teams, Michael Jordan is now a billionaire with an estimated $1.65 billion net worth.

 

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