Phil Mickelson Bet More Than $1 Billion on Sports, Book Claims

Phil Mickelson has allegedly wagered greater than $1 billion on sports activities throughout the final three a long time, in response to famed sports activities gambler Billy Walters.

“Phil favored to gamble as a lot as anybody I’ve ever met. Frankly, given Phil’s annual revenue and web value on the time, I had no issues along with his betting,” Walters, 77, claimed in his upcoming memoir, Gambler: Secrets and techniques from a Life at Danger, which was excerpted by The Fireplace Pit Collective on Thursday, August 10. “And nonetheless don’t. He’s a big-time gambler, and big-time gamblers make huge bets. It’s his cash to spend how he needs.”

Walters — who met the professional golfer, now 53, at a match in 2006 — claimed that Mickelson propositioned him a couple of playing partnership two years later. Walters was solely in search of a companion if “somebody has entry to locations I can’t wager” or “locations the place they will wager extra money than me.” Mickelson allegedly fulfilled each necessities — and the duo started a mutual playing association that lasted for 5 years.

“We grew to become what I assumed have been buddies. If you happen to’ve ever had a golf buddy, you recognize what I’m speaking about,” Walters penned. “From the beginning, our betting settlement — one we verbally negotiated — referred to as for us to separate every little thing fifty-fifty. Phil put up half the cash; I put up the opposite half. That approach, we shared an equal quantity of danger and reward.”

In fact, not all bets positioned win — and Walters and Mickelson weren’t resistant to struggling losses. The Gambler creator even speculated that Mickelson has misplaced near $100 million. “In all, he wagered a complete of greater than $1 billion throughout the previous three a long time,” Walters claimed within the ebook, noting he himself has gambled much more than that.

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Walters went on to recall, Mickelson — who allegedly instructed Walters he had “two offshore” financial institution accounts to service the playing sums — as soon as anxious Walters with a very giant wager.

Phil Mickelson.

“In late September 2012, Phil referred to as me from Medinah Nation Membership simply exterior Chicago, web site of the thirty ninth Ryder Cup matches between the USA and Europe. He was feeling supremely assured that the American squad led by Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Phil himself was about to reclaim the Cup from the Euros,” Walters alleged within the passage. “He was so assured that he requested me to position a $400,000 wager for him on the U.S. staff to win. I couldn’t imagine what I used to be listening to.”

He continued: “‘Have you ever misplaced your f—king thoughts?’ I instructed him. ‘Don’t you bear in mind what occurred to Pete Rose?’ The previous Cincinnati Reds supervisor was banned from baseball for betting on his personal staff. ‘You’re seen as a modern-day Arnold Palmer,’ I added. ‘You’d danger all that for this? I need no a part of it.’”

Whereas Walters turned down Mickelson’s alleged provide, he admitted that he has “no concept” if his former pal positioned the wager elsewhere. (The U.S. staff in the end misplaced the match by one level to the European athletes.)

Mickelson, who has not addressed Walters’ memoir claims, beforehand landed in sizzling water for his interactions with Walters. The Securities and Alternate Fee named Mickelson in a Might 2016 federal lawsuit, claiming the professional athlete made almost $1 million after buying inventory on an insider buying and selling tip from Walters. Mickelson’s legal professional stated in an announcement on the time that his consumer made an settlement with the SEC to return your complete sum.

“Phil has not been charged with insider buying and selling,” the lawyer instructed USA Right this moment Sports activities in an announcement. “Phil was an harmless bystander to alleged wrongdoing by others that he was unaware of. Phil is harmless of any wrongdoing.”

Walters can be set to debate his facet of the authorized battle within the Gamblers ebook.

“Phil Mickelson, one of the well-known individuals on this planet and a person I as soon as thought-about a good friend, refused to inform a easy fact that he shared with the FBI and will have stored me out of jail,” he additional claimed in Thursday’s excerpt. “I by no means instructed him I had inside details about shares and he is aware of it.  All Phil needed to do was publicly say it. He refused.”

Walters concluded: “The end result value me my freedom, tens of hundreds of thousands of {dollars} and a heartbreak I nonetheless wrestle with every day. Whereas I used to be in jail, my daughter dedicated suicide – I nonetheless imagine I might have saved her if I’d been on the surface.”

Walters was launched from jail in Might 2020 to serve the rest of his five-year sentence from house amid the coronavirus pandemic. Former president Donald Trump commuted Walters’ sentence in 2021 after 4 years.