UFC president Dana White has been banned from playing at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for the second time in two years.
The first time White was cut from the casino was two years ago, and he vowed that he would not bring any UFC events back there. However, the tension seemed to have settled in March when Palms chief executive Dan Lee, who has since left the company, sent White a case of his favorite wine, 2001 Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Montrachet, that is said to be sold for $5,000 per bottle.
White made a peaceful return, and once again hit the blackjack tables. Over a three month period White is said to have won $2 million from the casino, which led to him being asked not to play anymore. His limit was initially reduced from $25,000 to $5,000 per hand, but then he was simply told that he could no longer play.
“A lot of people are going to think I’m a card counter after that Ben Affleck thing at the Hard Rock," White told the Review-Journal during a recent interview. "I’m the farthest thing from card counter.”
“Casinos don’t want to gamble anymore,” White added. “They’re all owned by hedge funds and corporations. They want to stack the odds so much against you that won’t play. Realistically, there’s only one place to play left in town. That’s Caesars. They will let you play what you want to play. No messing around with limits.”
White has been receiving criticism from those who feel that his gambling habits are out of control. However, White said that they should not worry about what he does in his personal time, and that it is not affecting his professional life.
“Has it affected my personal life?" White said. "Has it affected my professional life? Have I lost all my money? There’s nothing negative about what I’ve been doing lately.”
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