When gambling at Las Vegas casinos, I prefer the Homer Simpson method: HOMER (on phone): “Hello, Vegas? Give me a hundred dollars on red. (Pause). D’OH! I’ll write you a check.” Former NBA star and man-about-town Antoine Walker has a slightly different approach — he shows up at the casino in person, and also pays for markers with checks - but the comical rubber kind.
Casinos: NOT AMUSED.
We’re past the days when Robert DeNiro hauled you into the basement of the Sands and had security break your shuffling hand with a mallet. But the Clark County District Attorney’s office can be nearly as brutal, and has charged Walker — who won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat in 2006 — with three felony counts for passing $1 million in bad checks at Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort.
In Nevada, gambling debts are handled as bad check cases (as if you didn’t know). From the LAS VEGAS SUN:
According to a copy of the complaint obtained by the Sun, Walker obtained gambling markers by writing 10 separate $100,000 checks with insufficient funds at the casinos from July 27 to Jan. 19.
Six of the checks were made out to Caesars Palace and two each to Planet Hollywood and Red Rock Resort, the complaint says.
Walker paid back some of the $1 million in markers, but in addition to the $822,500 still owed to the casinos, Walker now owes the district attorney’s office $82,550 in fees for taking on the criminal prosecution, which the three casinos requested. This must have been just before he and his friends got whacked out on roofies and stole a tiger.
Walker, you may recall, has been robbed not once but twice in the past decade, including once in his own home. He last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2007-08, and was released by the Memphis Grizzlies, for whom he never played, in January of this year. He is currently trying to make an NBA comeback.
(I would suggest staying out of Vegas and Florida, Antoine.)