Don Johnson, the high-roller who took Atlantic City casinos for $15 million this year, bought a £120,000 Armand De Brignac Midas -- a 30 liter bottle of rare champagne -- at a London club this weekend while he was across the pond to see his friend Jon Bon Jovi perform.
The sale of the supersized bottle translates to $192,000 USD, and Johnson's total bar tab at the One for One members-only club -- which included a $ 25,000 Methuselah of Armand de Brignac, a £750 magnum of Dom Pérignon 2002 and a £420 magnum of Grey Goose vodka -- climbed to over $269,000 USD.
Only six bottles of the Armand de Brignac Midas champagne have been sold worldwide.
Johnson won over $4.23 million at Caesars Atlantic City in December 2010, and took in about $5 million at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa over a five-month stretch. In April, he banked $5.8 million during a 12-hour blackjack spree at Tropicana Casino and Resort in April, a record loss for the casino.
Casinos that previously rolled out the red carpet for Johnson have become decidedly less hospitable since his record-breaking wins: He has been banned from several casinos, a typical course of action when a player is suspected of counting cards. But Johnson has firmly denied any allegations of cheating and his involvement in an illegal gambling ring -- insisting that his skill and luck alone are to thank for his latest success.
Although nicknamed The Champagne King for his habit of indulging in expensive bubbly, Johnson apparently doesn't enjoy the taste of champagne, preferring vodka instead. The 49-year old CEO of Heritage Development, LLC is slated to host Pamela Anderson's birthday party in Las Vegas later this summer.
[Sources: The Mirror, NJ.com]
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