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Daly estimates gambling losses at $55 million

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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 20: Anirban Lahiri of India reacts on the 18th hole during day one of the 2016 CIMB Classic atthe TPC, Kuala Lumpur on October 20, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

John Daly has been a larger-than-life figure for years both on and off the course, but it appears that status carried with it a hefty price tag at the casinos.

In a recent interview with Yahoo's Graham Bensinger, Daly estimates that his total gambling losses from 1991-2007 fall in the range of $55-57 million.

"We went through all my tax records to find out, because I really didn't know, and it just came to that," Daly said. "I was shocked. I thought it might have been $20-25 (million), but I had no idea that it was $55-57 million. It's crazy."

According to Daly, he would regularly play seven hands of blackjack at the same time, each for up to $15,000. He also frequented a high-limit slot machine that cost $5,000 per pull and would sometimes stay at the tables for up to two days straight.

"I love the action. I love the adrenaline, going in there," Daly said. "Now if I gamble, I play the $25 slots. If I hit something, I might move up to $100. But I don't do what I used to do anymore."

Daly has made $10,116,306 in on-course earnings during his PGA Tour career, though he has never been shy about embracing off-course endorsement opportunities. His best season came in 2004, the year he recorded the most recent of his five PGA Tour wins, when his on-course earnings eclipsed $2.3 million. This season, Daly has made the cut in just two of seven PGA Tour starts, totaling $39,625 in prize money. He also made $1,482 in his lone start on the Tour.

Despite the hefty price tag, the 48-year-old looks back on his years of gambling without much remorse.

"People are going to say that I should regret it, but I did it," he said. "You know, I move on from it. I had a lot of fun doing it."