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Ex-Arsenal, Birmingham and Sunderland player loses £5.4m at poker

Ex-Arsenal, Birmingham, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland player Nicklas Bendtner loses £5.4m at poker, he revealed on a Danish TV show.

The former Premier League player talked about the details of his addiction on his Danish reality television show alongside his girlfriend, Philine Roepstorff.

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He told viewers that he blew large portions of his wages on Texas Hold’Em as a 19-year-old boy but has learnt from his mistakes.

“I lost a lot of money, an unrealistic amount”, admitted Bendtner.

“It’s hard to say how much it was in reality, but I’d estimate that it was almost 50 million Korona (around £5.4m). It was something that I was always in control of and I simply betted big sums of money.

“Sometimes in London, things would get out of control on a night and things could really have ended badly

“Now I place smaller bets of 100 Korona (around £12).” Like Bendtner, you may enjoy the odd dabble in the world of gambling, which is easier than ever thanks to the emergence of many online reputable casinos not part of Gamstop that give players the chance to win good amounts from their own homes. Of course, it is important to be responsible with your money and not bet more than you’re willing to lose.

In the last 15 years, he has got himself in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

After Arsenal’s Champions League semi-final defeat by Manchester United, a 22-year-old Bendtner was seen exiting a London nightclub at 4am with his belt undone and trousers down by his ankles.

Bendtner got a receive a one-match ban and fined £80,000 from UEFA after a marketing stunt at Euro 2012 where he pulled his shorts down after scoring against Portugal to reveal the logo of betting company Paddy Power.

In 2013, he was arrested for drink-driving, which got his suspended from the Danish national team for six months.

He was accused of threatening a taxi driver while worse for wear in Copenhagen two years later – the same night his Arsenal team-mates had been knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Despite this, Bendtner has had an impressive career. In 81 appearances for Denmark, he scored an impressive 30 times and represented his country at Euro 2012 and the World Cup in 2010.

Since then, he has signed for Copenhagen which is his city of origin, but has only played a total of eight times this year.

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