Unveiling Phil Mickelson’s High-Stakes Gambling Habits: Insights from Billy Walters’ New Book
Billy Walters, an accomplished gambler and author, recently revealed some shocking revelations about the extensive gambling habits of golf legend Phil Mickelson. The excerpts from Walters’ book, Gambler: Secrets from a Life at Risk, have shed light on Mickelson’s astounding losses and his propensity for high-stakes wagers.
Contrary to previous reports, Walters claims that Mickelson has lost an astonishing $100 million over the past thirty years, surpassing the previously speculated $40 million. Walters also discloses that the golfing icon has wagered close to $1 billion throughout this period, holding some of the largest accounts he has ever witnessed. These revelations have astonished the public, offering a glimpse into Mickelson’s unbridled passion for gambling.
One of the most eyebrow-raising anecdotes shared by Walters involves Mickelson’s audacious proposition during the 2012 Ryder Cup. According to the book, a supremely confident Mickelson urged Walters to place a colossal $400,000 wager on the U.S. team’s victory. Walters was taken aback by the request, cautioning Mickelson against risking his reputation and comparing it to Pete Rose’s infamous betting scandal. The eventual outcome of this bet remains undisclosed as Mickelson chose not to place it with Walters.
Walters’ book also reveals several fascinating statistics regarding Mickelson’s gambling patterns. Notably, the golf pro allegedly placed a $20,000 bet on a long-shot parlay for five-game NBA parlays during regular season games. The book narrates an incident on June 22, 2011, when Mickelson reportedly made 43 wagers on major-league baseball games, resulting in a staggering loss of $143,500. However, it is worth mentioning that despite such setbacks, Mickelson’s performance on the greens did not appear to be significantly affected.
Walters shares poignant insights into how Mickelson’s association with him and his gambling habits have affected his personal and legal life. His alleged refusal to publicly acknowledge the truth about their interactions impacted Walters’ freedom and cost him immense financial losses. Tragically, Walters reveals that while he was in prison, his daughter took her own life, leaving him devastated and plagued by the belief that he could have saved her if circumstances were different.
Billy Walters’ upcoming book promises a deeper exploration of the intricate relationship between Phil Mickelson and gambling. The revelations shared thus far leave readers intrigued and curious about the untold stories that will likely unfold within its pages. Mickelson’s gambling habits, though controversial, should not overshadow his illustrious career in golf. It serves as a reminder that even the most celebrated sports icons can harbor personal struggles beyond the fairways.
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