Celebrities with a gambling problem: Paul Merson

Paul MersonPaul Merson not only suffered from drug and alcohol abuse, but the former Arsenal midfielder was also a compulsive gambler He could easily place wagers up to £30,000, resulting in huge gambling debts.

Gambling problem too strong

In 2003, Merson decided to come clear and unveiled his betting problem. The former England star saw no other way out than joining Tony Adams’s Sporting Chance Clinic. “I managed to overcome my alcohol and drug addiction, but I’m not strong enough to beat my betting problem”, Merson stated in 2003.


At the height of his addiction, Merson wanted to break his hand to prevent him calling his bookmaker. The football legend gambled away his £800,000 pension during an exorbitant gambling spree. Merson managed to lose a whopping £7 million thanks to his out-of-control betting habit.
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