Last April, Michael Jordan’s love of gambling has once again become a subject of discussion after the screening of the documentary series “The Last Dance” in 2020.
Earlier this month, three-time All-Star Antoine Walker was a guest on the “All Things Covered” with Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden. During their chat, Walker shared some crazy stories about Jordan’s gambling encounters.
Including a story were they two played spades for 36 hours straight.
“When Mike calls, the buy-in goes up a little higher. It’s going to be a number that everybody has to bring to the table. I’d say $20,000 just to get in. If you don’t have $20,000 to get in, you can’t even play,” said Walker. “Mike was competitive. I remember one time we played spades for 36 hours. We were playing against two other guys, and Mike and I were partners. They had us behind $900,000.”
According to Walker it was right around the time Jordan announced that he was going to return to the Chicago Bulls following his brief stint in the minor league in baseball. In fact, Walker also shared that Jordan postponed the return press conference because they were playing spades.
Walker would later have to file for bankruptcy in 2010, according to CNN. Walker reportedly went through $108 million dollars.
“I thought I was set for the rest of my life,” Walker told CNNMoney. “My story is sad. It’s sad to see other guys work so hard throughout their life — and then they just lose it in two or three years.”
During his eleven year career, Walker averaged 17.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He also won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006.