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Kobe's $21,000 Bubbly Bill

9/3/2007 5:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is known for being a tough competitor -- but in the club?!

Basketballin' Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, were at Friday night's grand opening of BLUSH Boutique Nightclub at the Wynn in Las Vegas, when he saw poker player Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari kick in for two bottles of $1,400 Cristal champagne. According to sources inside the club, Kobe wasn't about to be shown up by some puny little card player -- and kicked in for five bottles. Antonio, who's used to upping the ante, then switched his order to ten! Go big or go home!

Kobe ended the competition when he purchased an astounding 15 bottles -- and then left the club! Just to put Bryant's baller status into perspective -- Kobe's $21,000 bill still doesn't cover what NBA and gambling legend Charles Barkley drops on one hand of blackjack!

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46.

Dean    

dumb

2603 days ago
47.

Terry    


Kam, Thanks for the Kobe PR but not many have respect for the guy regardless of and because of what he does when the cameras are not on him.

2603 days ago
48.

Terry    


lmao @ #2

I'm not really cool in person, I just play like I am on the internet.

2603 days ago
49.

The Media is unreliable    

Kobe is not setting a good example to the kids who one day want to be ball players. They are going to think that basketball is about drinking, cars, beating your girlfriend/wife,& partying

2603 days ago
50.

mark m    

You talk about dumb, you can buy the stuff for $180per bottle at most Liquor Stores......you got to have a set of big ones to sell it for $1400 be a box of rocks to buy it for $1400.......

2603 days ago
51.

JB    

# 40. ignirance? And you are seriously trying to comment on someones intelligence? Please...

2603 days ago
52.

Eyti    

CALM DOWN- HE'S GOT THE MONEY- WHAT DO YOU EXCPECT- JUST COMING OFF OF FIBA AMERICA WINNING GOLD- HE'S AN ICON, YET WHAT HE DID WASN'T 'WISE' WHY SHOULD HE STOP?

2603 days ago
53.

GOD    

wait a min...isn't he the rapist? yup, that's him! gotta go fight the devil now, take care, folks!

2603 days ago
54.

Toria    

What a waste of money! He could have donated that money to a charity to help the less fortunate. What an idiot!

2603 days ago
55.

Mark    

#51 People like that, Don't CARE. Shame isn't it.

2603 days ago
56.

hello?    

well damn kobi! if you want to set records, come pay my car note!

2603 days ago
57.

Steam    

What a sad bunch of whiners and haters. Jeez, people, you've never splurged a little in a club? I'd bet when you did, it was -- proportionally -- a lot bigger deal than this.

2603 days ago
58.

Arthur    

Rich people spend in excess sometimes. So what? Give him a break. Why'd you spend $3000 on your new Sony SXRD HDTV when you could have spent $1200 on an LG HDTV and donated $1800 to charity? Everyone's guilty - don't tell me you wouldn't splurge if you were rich (even if it wasn't expensive alcohol - maybe you want that lambo or nice clothes - or for you nerds, that super-geek computer).

2603 days ago
59.

jared    

You people stop be haters, on the man and his wife. If you had that kind of money you may do some good things with it, and we dont know what charities he donates too. We all know that there are poor people and hungry people in this world but that is not his responsibility, its a collective one. Our own government has wasted millions and billions on ridiculous things, that I won't name cause it to many but they could feed and house nearly every homeless person in this country, so let the stars be what they are something for us to talk about, but do hate! Have a nice day!

2603 days ago
60.

People Get A life    

You people really need to get a life and stop hatin on Kobe ! He has every right to buy whatever he wants like most Americans do who may or may not have a lot of money ! What do you think people from any walk of life do especially when they go to Vegas ? They spend money ! You same fools are probably the same clowns who drive by homeless people in your own city every day and do absolutely nothing about it ! But yet you have nothing better to do but get on this man for spending his money the way he wants to ! As for the ignorant moron who used the N word on this blog you really need to get a life and u will never amount to anything ! As for the fool who commented on his wife , do u know her ? Hell NO ! How do u know what she puts up with or doesnt put up with ? U DONT ! She was out with her husband having a good time do u really think she gives a damn about what he spends ? NO! If you people spent as much time worrying about your own pathetic lives as u do worrying about entertainers and athletes youd be a lot better off on every level ! Let that man live his life the way he wants to , im sure he could care less about what any of u think ! If u want to watch him play great ! If not get a LIFE and mind your own business !

2603 days ago
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