Yesterday a website accused UFC President Dana White of failing to pay a $1M gambling debt at the Bellagio in Vegas.
In a series of Tweets from his Twitter account, Norm Clarke of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL reported that White said today he has never gambled at the Bellagio, but that he did once win $1M playing blackjack across the street at the Palazzo.
Clarke added that the reporting website, after receiving a cease & desist order from UFC attorneys (and posting it), has taken down the claim about White.
TheDirty.com, a nudity-centric Website, posted an e-mail Monday that suggested a casino host indicated White had the gambling debt.
The Website later posted an e-mail that appeared to be from the UFC legal department demanding the “casino host” post be removed.
The “casino host” characterized White as a “degenerate man.”
Wenk said White commented that “the only thing true in it is that I am a degenerate.”
UFC president Dana White emphatically denies Internet report that he has a $1 million debt at Bellagio.
UFC public relations director Jen Wenk tells Vegas Confidential the report is “absolutely untrue.
She said White told her he has never played at Bellagio. He acknowledges he plays high stakes blackjack. Won $1 million-plus at Palazzo.
“He won so much money they did actually asked him to leave,” said Jen Wenk, UFC PR director. leave. “That was the Palazzo.”
Wenk said White’s seven-figure win occured in 2009.
The posting on TheDirty.com that accused UFC prez Dana White of having big gambling debt has been removed from the site.
Today I contacted the Bellagio’s parent company, MGM Mirage for comment. When I asked Yvette Monet of MGM Mirage’s Public Affairs Dept. about the situation regarding White, she responded thusly via email:
For purposes of guest confidentiality, I am unable to provide any information.
UFC and Bellagio parent MGM Mirage are longtime partners in staging UFC events, so the rumor floated by the website about Bellagio management being upset about White’s $1M gambling debt, in my opinion, seemed dubious from the start.
With White as high profile as any Vegas resident, I can’t imagine he’d deny ever playing at the Bellagio if it wasn’t true.
I’m no big Dana White fan, as many of you know, but what’s wrong is wrong. If dude says he’s never played at the Bellagio, I believe him.