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Court date pushed back in Antoine Walker gambling debt case

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In yet another case of knowing when to hold 'em, a Las Vegas court has pushed back a status check to Oct. 29 for former NBA all-star Antoine Walker, amid talk of possible repayment in an $822,500 casino gambling debt case.

Prosecutor Bernie Zadrowski said Wednesday he's been talking with Walker's lawyer, Jonathan Powell, about settling the criminal case.

Chicago native Walker, a brush with crime enthusiast, faces three felony bad check charges for gambling debts at three Las Vegas casinos. He did not have to appear at a Wednesday hearing.

Walker was arrested in July at a Lake Tahoe hotel.

Walker was a three-time all-star for the Boston Celtics and won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006. He last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2008.

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Compulsive gambling hits people of all walks of life. Sorry to hear that Antoine Walker stepped into the trap. No doubt his card values will drop considerably. Anybody want to buy his card with autograph for five bucks?

The casino bosses know better than to let a has-been basketball player bust a big check like Antoine did. Walker should sue the casinos: Best defense is offense. Several people have sued casinos-- don't know if they won -- claiming the casinos knew they were compulsive gamblers and targeted them, enticing them to gamble big. Maybe the casino bosses figure a big-bucks Kentucky Alumni will bail Antoine out of his financial mess. Of course, Antoine could write a book about his compulsive gambling -- hire a ghost writer -- and earn a few million. Possibly Oprah would publish it. About time she did a show about compulsive gambling. A best seller would be a slam dunk -- in the casino bosses' faces!

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