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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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76.

Eric of PA    

Obviously you people don't anythng about the charity work Mr. Bryant has been doing for the past 10 years now. Even as a rookie, he has been generous enough to donate and help out with our charitable institution and has been doing so ever since. You guys don't have any idea how many homeless and under previliged children he has helped already helped in our community and not just here in Philly also in other parts of the country,. You guys probably dont know anything about the donations and funds he's given and raised for the Katrina victims, right? you probably don't know about the scholarhips he grants every year either?How selfish of this guy not to publicize everything he does. tsk, tsk. And before you go around calling somebody stupid or idiot, you should have checked first, Kobe's actually a few Units away from a degree from UCLA. where did you graduate, if at all??? So I beg you people, before lambasting this guy in cyberspace, do your research first. If it wasn't for kobe, my 2 sons wouldn't have been able to even reach college let alone find a job. So I will forever be indebted to this person, for giving my sons the future they deserved and other kids in our community as well. Peace.

2504 days ago
77.

Paul Nobles    

In Antonio's blog his version is a bit different. Kobe left when his buddy upped Kobe's 10 bottles by ordering the remaining 22 bottles that Blush had.

Essentially Antonio's group went all in on Kobe and Kobe folded. It is a rare day when you will up Kobe on anything but TMZ has this story wrong.

2504 days ago
78.

lt    

yall are haters and ignorant.what would kobe do if he didnt play ball. kobe is one of the smarter players. alot of stars piss away money. we just dont understand cause we dont have it. if u had his money you might would piss some away too.

2504 days ago
79.

Get_a_Life_People    

First of all....before you go criticizing someone else’s spelling, its ridiculous...not rediculous...which is not even a word.

Secondly, I don't even like Kobe...I think he is a selfish idiot with amazing basketball skills. But that not withstanding he does have some intelligence. For those of you who question what he would be doing if there were not such thing as basketball (a pretty idiotic question go begin with), the guy scored something like 1,200 on his SAT's...so he's not uneducated. Maybe immature and an idiot at times...but not uneducated...I bet you he could spell ridiculous...

2504 days ago
80.

Leeeeeee    

Plzzzzzzzzzzzzz let the man have a night on the town,,,,,,last time I checked it was his money he was spending.....and how do you all know what he does as far as giving to charities and youth groups........so many of us hate just because he's rich and successful, if that's the case there are lots of ball payers out there,,,,hate um all,,,,it's a long list. ?

2504 days ago
81.

ajfports    

#62....before you critcize........it's RIDICULOUS not REDICULOUS

2504 days ago
82.

We all are victims of the show...    

I really have no idea how I would act if i came from poor to rich. Damn money! It is the root of all our problems.I guess It would be an incredible amount of pressure being a star, where a great amount of people crawl from underneath the rocks claiming to be your friends. You are one gifted guy Kobe. Enjoy it while you can.

2504 days ago
83.

sick-n-tired    

Let he who hath not sinned cast the first stone!

2504 days ago
84.

t.trex    

#17,20,25...kenya,
what are you getting out of Kobe, you sound like his pawn!The popular saying " the truth is very bitter" is obviously setting in for you. I mean if kobe says he's doing it for the wife-well no contest! but then 15 bottles and then he left the club,what was that about?the wife too?that shows how smart he can get.....fight to run away,you live to fight again.

2504 days ago
85.

bean1217    

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2504 days ago
86.

antidisestablishmentarianism    

Next, the press will be reporting that he bets on basketball games.

Pro sports are such a waste anymore.

Too much has been pointed out already. I give him a capitol "L"

2504 days ago
87.

antidisestablishmentarianism    

blah blah blah. Another loser sports story.

2504 days ago
88.

mannyk    

The story is wrong but neverthless, I had the best time with my friend Antonio.. I was the one ordering the bottles... I do help a lot of people in my life and have made many millionares in my business, its about giving back what destiny has broght you but that does not mean I am gonna stop leaving and enjoying my money.

like someone earlier said on this page, its all relevant a 21,000 for kobe is like $100 for an average person.

if you had it you would do it too,

2504 days ago
89.

Mandalay Bay Concierge    

It's funny, cause you never really see Kobe (or his wife) in public outside of games, charity work, or signings. So the fact that he came out to Blush says something about the calibur of the club and the clientle they're trying to attract (where as LAX opened with Brittneys washed up ass). Being there, I saw it differently. I don't condone what happened, that bill could have easily covered my student loans and more. Yes it was a battle of status and ego between Argentina's FIBA team and Kobe aka Team USA minus Carmelo. The difference being that Kobe distributed the bottles he bought during the last 2 rounds of one-up's-manship, giving them out to people who might never know what Cris taste like wheras Argentina kept theirs to themselves. Being on the receiving end of 2 of those bottles, I applaud the kid for making that night memorable for myself even though I had my own table, my friends, the nightclub, and everybody who happened to be there to witness. It was pretty selfless if you ask me.

2503 days ago
90.

funtime@blush    

For someone who was there and an advid reader of TMZ.COM it really sucks to see the story has gotten completely out of hand.
Yes Kobe and Vanessa were having fun dancing with friends and enjoying their night. So what most of us do that on an Friday night. Antonio's group order ONE bottle then FOUR or FIVE showed up at Kobe's table then HE GAVE OUT TWO, TO FANS STANDING AROUND!!! Antonio's group then order another handful probably around EIGHT! Kobe then ORDER TEN BOTTLES. When those bottles came out he then Handed out EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE BOTTLES TO THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM!!! And yes him and Vanessa left. He wasn't even there to see the crazy amount that Antonio bought after the ten.
So the man and his wife weren't just ordering bottles to be drunk and show off. He actually showed love to his fans that said hello to him all night. so STOP HATIN'!!!

2502 days ago
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