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Ex-HSV star Thomas Gravesen lost over $50 million playing poker

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January 20, 2020 9:43 pm

Ex-HSV star Thomas Gravesen lost over $50 million playing poker

Football bully Thomas Gravesen was known and feared as a tough player in his active days. But also his funny and unconventional way brought him a lot of recognition.

He began his international football career at HSV, where he played for three years before moving to Everton FC. Five years later, he even signed with Real Madrid and shared the dressing room with David Beckham, Luís Figo and Ronaldo. He also knocked a tooth out of the world star during a fun-fight in training with Ronaldo. His rough manner earned him the nickname “Mad Dog”.

After his career, the Dane successfully invested in several companies, building up a fortune of over $100 million. He then bought a noble estate in Las Vegas and spent his free time playing poker. There he was found in various high-stakes games. Over several years, he lost more than half of his previously accumulated investment money, more than $50 million!

In the meantime, however, the former professional footballer is said to have retired from poker. The whole story and many more Gravesen has written in his book “Mad Dog Gravesen: The Last of the Modern Footballing Mavericks.

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