Bert Newton, 81, appears downcast as he leaves a TAB in Melbourne after it was claimed wife Patti ‘gives him a weekly gambling budget’
Bert Newton was again spotted at a local TAB on Saturday.
The 81-year-old appeared slightly downcast as he left the betting centre in Melbourne.
The TV legend carried a newspaper in his hand as he exited the venue with a frown on his face.
Punter: Bert Newton (pictured) appeared downcast as he left a TAB in Melbourne on Saturday
He wore a smart maroon jumper, under which he donned a black dress shirt with the collar visible.
A simple pair of black slacks, which matched the shirt, added to his smart-casual look.
Bert completed the relaxed ensemble with a pair of worn-in, black leather loafers.
On his way: The 81-year-old appeared to be in a serious mood as he left the betting centre
Neat: He wore a smart maroon jumper, and a black dress shirt with the collar visible
Homeward bound: The TV legend carried a newspaper in his hand as he exited the venue with a frown on his face
The former daytime television host covered up his famous and instantly recognisable face with a pair of aviator sunglasses.
The appearance comes after, last year, it was alleged that Bert’s gambling habit was putting a strain on his marriage.
Woman’s Day claimed in March 2017 that Patti was ‘livid’ after photos had surfaced of her husband visiting a bookmakers.
Spot the legend: The former daytime television host covered up his famous and instantly recognisable face with a pair of aviator sunglasses
Betting: The appearance comes after, last year, it was alleged that Bert’s gambling habit was putting a strain on his marriage
A friend reportedly said at the time: ‘Patti’s reaction will be: “Here we go again, how much did you lose this time?”‘
Several days after the magazine hit newsstands, journalist Peter Ford claimed on KIIS FM that Bert was still gambling regularly.
However, he insisted that Patti was controlling his spending by giving him a budget.
‘He gambles a little bit,’ Ford explained. ‘What happens is Patti gives him some play money every week – about 100 bucks – and he goes down [to the TAB] and what he chooses to do with that is his business.’
Budget: However journalist Peter Ford claimed that while Bert was gambling regularly his wife Patti (left) gave her husband a budget of just $100 a week to place bets. Pictured in 2012