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“They had bets in Vegas when I was 40 years old about what year I was going to die" — Dennis Rodman opens up about gamblers betting on his death

The Worm’s whereabouts often concerned many of his teammates, coaches, and apparently, gamblers and casinos too.
Chicago Bulls icon Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman

Dennis Rodman may have retired from basketball in 2000, but that didn’t mean he stopped partying and living his life to the fullest off the court. Throughout his well-accomplished NBA career, the 5-time champion was the league’s bad and wild boy as he was never shy to admit what he loved doing in clubs and in his relationships.

The Worm’s whereabouts often concerned many of his teammates and coaches (remember when Michael Jordan and the Bulls had to fly out to Las Vegas to find him?), and apparently, after he retired from the game, gamblers and casinos were also making money off Rodman’s life.

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Betting on Dennis Rodman’s death

In a 1-on-1 interview with GQ Magazine in 2021, Rodman admitted that he spent way too much of his savings after he retired from basketball. He partied nonstop, slept around with women, and went hard on alcohol and cigars.

Without basketball, Dennis didn’t have a structure in his life, which is why most of the public thought he would eventually overdose on all the partying and his bad vices. So in 2002 when Dennis was 40 years old, the Las Vegas betting scene released a spread of odds for the possibility of Rodman’s death in that year.

They had bets in Vegas when I was 40 years old about what year I was going to die, Rodman told GQ’s Renell Medrano.You go in like… what they call it? The sports books in the casinos. You go in and say, ‘Oh, 10 to 1 Dennis Rodman is going to die this year.’ That kind of s**t,” Rodman added.

Years after, Dennis is still standing.

Thankfully, Dennis the Menace made it through his 40s and is still standing strong. Nowadays, he spends most of his time these days with his new fashion business venture. Rodman still makes an appearance in the NBA occasionally — the last time being in last year’s All-Star weekend when he was awarded as part of the league’s all-time top 75 team.

Ultimately, Rodman depended on partying and his bad vices to cover up all the pain and loss he was feeling inside, and that hurt him even more to the point that gamblers and casinos were finding ways to make money out of it. And if there’s one thing we learned from Rodman’s story (from the outside looking in), it’s that distractions rarely work, especially when dealing with pain. 

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