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.
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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]