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Poker Champ's Rep -- We Outballed Kobe!

9/6/2007 5:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

In a TMZ story over the weekend, Lakers star Kobe Bryant beat poker champion Antonio Esfandiari in a Cristal champagne-off at BLUSH nightclub in Vegas. Turns out, that wasn't the case -- of bubbly!
Kobe Bryant
Antonio, through his rep Anthony Giombetti, told us: "Even though Kobe Bryant and his friends were having fun with my friends (really all of the credit goes to my friend Manny Khoshben) and I, in a spirited competition of who could out-spend the other on champagne, the fact is his party only ordered approximately 15 bottles of Cristal at $21,000, whereas we bought 26 bottles with a bill of $34,731."

Antonio, whose own account can be found on AlwaysBluff.com, was even kind enough to attach a receipt ... that includes a nearly $6,000 tip. Who wants to work at the Wynn?!

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trey    

Complete jackasses with too much money. WIth all the problems in the world these bozos have nothing better to do then buy champange? Get a clue losers get a clue.

2570 days ago
2.

cary    

How lame. What a great example these guys set for parents trying to raise their kids to be productive members of society as compared to these buffoons. How about spending the same amount of money for high school or college scholarships for students that study? I'll no longer be watching the Lakers or professional poker on television.

2570 days ago
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DD    

It is their money they can spend it how they see fit.

2570 days ago
4.

kill the queen    

TMZ, isnt it "Kristal" not "Cristal"? Sheesh- get a clue. Or in your case, Klue.

2570 days ago
5.

just wondering    

...ARROGANCE in it's finest form...both r allowed to spend as they choose...but POSING with a receipt is GROSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...shame on YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2570 days ago
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gina    

Oh.. isn't that just great. Hey.. here's an idea.. match it with a donation to a homeless shelter, or a food bank.

2570 days ago
7.

DD    

#4 No it is spelled Cristal, my guess is you have never had it.

2570 days ago
8.

Bob    

Freaking Jag-off!

2570 days ago
9.

Bob    

This is the best idea I have seen. eBay for local labor jobs! www.LocalDemand.com

2570 days ago
10.

E Double    

It is Cristal with a C. Try using Google sometime.

2570 days ago
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spam    

LOL @ the "Kristal" commentator. Maybe you need to get a clue; this one is on me:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cristal_%28champagne%29

2570 days ago
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la;ksdhjf    

everyone who who states their distaste just simply cant afford it.

2570 days ago
13.

Josh E    

They're stupid, but this really changes nothing in the world. The money isn't wasted, it's just exchanged from one rich person to another.

2570 days ago
14.

Irish Tank    

Obviously Kobe is a cheapskate. Outdone by the dorky poker player. Guess he can't afford to buy more since he always has to buy his wife a $2 million rock just so he can screw other women.

2570 days ago
15.

JJ    

WHAT'S THIS....DIAL A DOPE?

2570 days ago
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