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Antonio Tarver

Habitual Gambling Debtor

Ran From 2 Other Casino Debts

3/8/2014 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0307-antonio-tarver-02He might be the welcher-weight champion of the world ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned Antonio Tarver was sued over unpaid gambling debts by TWO VEGAS CASINOS before his problems with the Wynn. 

According to court docs, Tarver got into some trouble with the MGM Grand and the Bellagio back in 2009 after taking out a heavy-duty gambling marker at each hotel and failing to pay it back. 

MGM Grand says ... Tarver borrowed $100k but only paid back $10k
Bellagio says ... Tarver borrowed $50k but only paid back $5k. 

They sued -- and according to court records, both casinos got their money back two years later. 

But Tarver didn't learn his lesson. As we previously reported, the 45-year-old was locked up for allegedly skipping out on a $200,000 gambling marker from the Wynn stemming from 2012. 

Tarver suggested his friend would help him repay the debt -- as long as he gets back in the ring and starts boxing again.

We spoke to Tarver's reps who insist the guy does NOT have a gambling problem. 

Wanna bet?


Mike Tyson

Priceless Financial Advice

... For Antonio Tarver

3/4/2014 6:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Mike Tyson knows a little something about money management ... so, when we asked him to deliver some financial advice for Antonio Tarver ... he came through STRONG. 

Of course, Tarver was arrested this weekend for allegedly not paying back a $200k gambling marker to the Wynn Las Vegas back in 2012.

And yesterday outside of Crustacean in Beverly Hills, Iron Mike offered up some incredible free knowledge to the embattled boxer -- it's the best piece of advice we've heard in a long time!!!

You gotta watch the clip -- especially if you're a gambler.

Antonio Tarver

$200,000 Gambling Debt

At Center of Arrest

3/3/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
10:34 AM PT -- TMZ Sports has now obtained the original criminal complaint filed against Tarver in Nevada in 2013 ... which shows he was charged with fraud and theft for taking out the money in 2012 and never paying it back. 

According to the criminal complaint, both charges are felonies ... which means Tarver could be facing some real slammer time. 
Former boxing champ Antonio Tarver never paid back $200,000 in gambling markers to the Wynn Las Vegas from a gambling binge in 2012 ... so says a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports

Tarver was arrested in Florida over the weekend on a warrant out of Nevada -- the arrest documents were vague about the nature of the alleged offense. 

Now, we know ... Tarver is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly not settling several gambling markers he took at the Wynn during a 4-day gambling binge in July 2012. 

According to the Wynn, Tarver took out $50k on July 24, 2012 ... another $50k on July 26 ... and $100k on July 27 ... totaling $200k. 

Besides the criminal investigation, Wynn is also suing Tarver for the cash in civil court in Nevada ... the same way he went after Joe Francis when the "Girls Gone Wild" honcho flaked on a $2 MILLION marker.

Lil Jon

Dumps Ice On Twerker

This Girl's Ass Is On Fire!!!

3/1/2014 12:05 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
WHAAAT! Things got way too hot for Lil Jon in Vegas last weekend -- some hot blonde chick twerked her ass off at his table ... and the rapper decided she needed to chill ... with a glass full of ICE CUBES.

The video was shot Sunday night inside XS Nightclub -- it's pretty wild ... and Lil Jon obviously knows talent when he sees it ... because the girl in the clip has serious skills.

Vegas ... get outta your mind!

Katy Perry's Fired Stripper

Mayweathering the Storm

I'm on the Money Team Now

2/21/2014 3:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0221_floyd_mayweather_jr_devonThe stripper who was fired for taking photos with Katy Perry -- INSIDE A STRIP CLUB -- has moved on to bigger and richer things ... Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The stripper -- Devon -- Instagrammed the photo Wednesday night in Vegas after randomly running into Money May ... who's worth a reported $170 million ... way more than Katy Perry.

TMZ broke the story ... Devon lost her stripper job in Santa Barbara earlier this month after management found out she'd been taking pics with Katy inside the strip club ... where Katy spent thousands of dollars.

TMZ later posted the photos.



I Obliterated a Guy's Nuts

For Only 20 Bucks

2/18/2014 9:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
021814_cameron_kick_launch_v2Rapper Cam'ron kicked some dude's testicles into the back of his throat Monday night in Vegas ... and it only cost him a reasonable $20.

Here's how it all went down. Cam'ron ran into a ballsy street peddler who was playing let's make a deal -- his sign read, "Kick me in the nuts ... $20."

Cam'ron accepted the gentleman's offer and delivered David Beckham style. The street peddler collapsed in pain, Cam'ron paid his debt and went on his merry way.

Capitalism ... you gotta love it.

Kenny Smith

$10k Blackjack Is 'NOT SMART'

But Ray Allen Can Afford It

2/18/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ray Allen is worth between $200 and $300 MILLION DOLLARS ... and even though it's "not smart" for the guy to play high-stakes blackjack, Ray can afford it ... so says Kenny "The Jet" Smith.

The "NBA on TNT" analyst was leaving LAX yesterday when we asked him about Allen's $10k-per-hand blackjack run in Vegas over the weekend ... a run that didn't turn out well for Ray.

"It's not smart, but it's like $100 to him," Kenny said ... "He's got enough money to probably fund the hotel."

Then, after estimating Ray's ENORMOUS net worth, Kenny dropped some serious wisdom:

"A guy who can play $10k-a-hand in blackjack, I'm not worried about him ... it's the guy who's got ten dollars and loses ... that's the guy I'm worried about."



Ray Allen


In High Stakes Vegas Blackjack

2/17/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Allen was LIGHTING UP a blackjack table in Vegas over the weekend ... dropping $10k per hand at the Bellagio ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.

The Miami Heat superstar decided to try his luck with the cards on Saturday night ... and posted up at a $1,000 minimum table in the exclusive Club Prive high-rollers lounge.

You can check out his stack (don't worry, it's OK to look) ... it appears Ray was gambling with somewhere between 30 and 40 yellow chips ($1,000-a-pop).

Our casino sources who were there during the gambling run tell us Ray -- who once signed an $80 MILLION contract -- didn't have a great showing at the table ... and walked away empty handed.

Hopefully, he stayed long enough to get his free drink.

We reached out to Ray's camp for comment -- so far, no word back ... but you know somewhere, Charles Barkley is smilin'.


Seahawks CB Richard Sherman

Raging In Vegas

Ankle Injury Can't Stop Me!

2/9/2014 10:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
DON'T YOU EVER TALK ABOUT RICHARD SHERMAN'S ANKLE ... 'cause less than one week after injuring it in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks star was partying hard on it during a rager in Vegas!!!

Sherman -- along with fellow Legion of Boomer Kam Chancellor -- hit up the Chateau nightclub in Sin City Saturday night ... and cut loose, despite suffering a high ankle sprain during the Feb. 2nd victory.

Seemed like Sherman was feeling "no pain" that night -- we're guessing the gang of hot chicks following him around that night makes a man forget about a freak joint injury.

Meanwhile, Peyton Manning is still sad somewhere ..

Justin Bieber

Double-Teamed Stripper REVEALED

Hot, Blonde, and YOUNG

2/5/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0204_justin_bieber_karolina_stripper_boobs_launch_v2BEHOOOOLD ... the hot blonde stripper Justin Bieber recently used as a chew toy ... in all her fake-breasted glory ... and contrary to reports, she's definitely NOT old enough to be his mom.

Sources close to the dancer tell TMZ, 26-year-old Karolina began working as a stripper in Vegas very recently after moving from Chicago -- and when Bieber quietly visited Sin City back in January (before his DUI arrest) he handpicked the bunny-tatted dancer to come back to his hotel room.

We were initially told by the owner of the photo that the pic was snapped inside an L.A. recording studio, but turns out it was actually taken inside Bieber's Vegas penthouse.

Sources tell us, Bieber and his entourage hand-picked Karolina and two other dancers to come back to the hotel room for private dances ... and Bieber paid them THOUSANDS each in cash.

As soon as they arrived to the room, we're told the girls' phones were confiscated and they were each required to sign one of Bieber's famous confidentiality agreements, barring them from talking about what transpired that night.

Our sources wouldn't say how far things went between Bieber and the girls -- but we're told Karolina voluntarily posed for the boob photo.

As for people saying she looked old enough to be Bieber's mom ... we're told Karolina is NOT too happy about it. Babysitter is more accurate.

Shayne Lamas

'Dirty' Deed Made Me Preggo ... Again

1/19/2014 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
0117_shayne_lamas_tmzShayne Lamas -- who decided to marry her hubby HOURS after meeting him at a drunken pool party -- is re-writing all the rules of marriage ... 'cause not only is she still with the dude ... they're still HAVING SEX.

We know that ... because sources close to Shayne tell us she's pregnant again.

We told you their story ... Shayne is a former winner of  "The Bachelor"  who fell in love with founder Nik Richie 4 years ago at a wild Vegas pool party ... and hours later decided to get hitched.

NO ONE expected it to last.  But Shayne and Nik are still going strong ... they have a 2-year-old daughter named Press -- and now we're told Shayne's 16 weeks pregnant with their 2nd baby.

Mazel tov.

Michael Bay

I Cracked Under Techie Pressure

When Teleprompter Failed

1/7/2014 10:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Transformers" director Michael Bay says his epic meltdown in Vegas yesterday might not make him popular with technology nerds ... but also says it hasn't exactly hurt him with the ladies.

Bay was on "TMZ Live" explaining why he freaked out and walked off stage during a big presentation at the CES convention.

It's not like he's never been on stage ... he says he's been front and center hundreds of times, but explains why this one was different.

Here's the deal ... Samsung should kiss Michael's ass, because now everyone's talking about its newfangled TV.

Britney Spears To BF

Bark Like A Dog

'Cause You're My B*tch

1/1/2014 6:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking Balls
Britney Spears is into 2 things -- her BF and B&D .. and she got to enjoy both at the same time during her Vegas New Year's Eve concert.

Brit dragged David Lucado on stage at Planet Hollywood ... forcing him down on hands and knees, strapping him into a harness and dog collar and then parading him around on a leash.

David seemed to enjoy it enough ... it's one of the fun perks of being with Britney.

It's gotta be hard on K-Fed ... all those fond memories.

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