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Will Smith Lost $60,000 Gambling

November 15, 2000

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ While in Las Vegas preparing for ``The Legend of Bagger Vance,″ actor Will Smith mastered the greens _ but he lost a lot of green, too.

In the December-January issue of Maximum Golf, golf coach Ron Del Barrio said he and Smith spent a week in Las Vegas, hitting both the links and the gaming tables. While the trip did good things for Smith’s swing, the tables were another story, Del Barrio said.

After Smith lost $60,000 in about 20 minutes, Del Barrio said Smith vowed it would never happen again.

``Ron,″ he said. ``I guarantee you this _ you will never see me gamble again.″

For the rest of that trip and during several subsequent visits to this gambling Mecca, Smith apparently held to his word.

Del Barrio said he asked Smith how he resisted temptation. Smith’s response: ``That’s how I am, I learn a lesson and I don’t forget it.″

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