Russian billionaire loses yacht in poker game: report

Agence France-Presse

Posted at May 05 2009 04:53 PM | Updated as of May 06 2009 12:53 AM

MOSCOW - Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich has lost one of the yachts in his sizeable personal fleet in a game of poker, a Russian newspaper reported on Monday.

The popular daily Moskovsky Komsomelets said the oligarch lost the 500,000 dollar (375,000 euro) yacht while playing poker in Barcelona, which he was visiting to watch the London football team he owns, Chelsea, in action.

The newspaper did not provide the name of the yacht or name the source of its information.

Abramovich's yacht collection, thought to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, has been dubbed "The Roman Navy" by Britain's press.

The Russian newspaper said his poker habit had become a sore point between him and girlfriend Daria Zhukova and that the billionaire, who made his fortune in Russia's sell-off of state assets in the 1990s, had instead turned to gambling online.