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Spaceflight Could Save Laliberte Millions in Gambling Losses

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
July 14, 2009
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guylaliberte reports that since Guy Laliberte announced his plans to spend $35 million to fly into space in September, he has cut back on online gambling – where he has been losing a fortune.

Innovative, entrepreneurial, a doting philanthropist Guy may all be, but a profitable high stakes online player he is not. All Guy’s aliases – lady marmalade, patatino, elmariachimacho and ahtata, all hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red, have vanished.

It’s estimated that Guy’s withdrawal means $10 million LESS going into the pockets of sharks Phil Ivey, Phil Galfond and Tom Dwan. His frightening deficits give a strong indication of the brutality of nosebleed stakes, because based on live performances, Guy doesn’t even seem that bad. This is a man who played solid poker on GSN’s High Stakes Poker season four, and has a handsome $696,220 4th placed cash at the WPT Bellagio.

That’s funny. He could pay for a third of his spaceflight just for what he loses in poker.

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