Allen Iversonis sure glad they have T.G.I. Friday's in Istanbul. The Sixers legend, a former regular at the Friday's on City Avenue, is now playing basketball in Turkey and told Philadelphia magazine's Robert Huber that he goes to Friday's in Istanbul daily.
Huber asks Iverson, who used to lose big money regularly at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal and Bally's, if he has a gambling problem. "You find out when dealing with people that doesn't have nowhere near as much money as you," Iverson says, "that a lot of people who don't have that money and can't fathom it, would never understand. If I had that much to lose and I know it, then it's not a problem for me." He may find underground card games, but gambling is illegal in Turkey, and, as Huber points out, A.I. would have to fly to Bulgaria or Cyprus, where we're not sure they have his A.C. game of choice - three-card stud.
Yesterday we made T.G.I. Friday's corporate office aware of Iverson's intercontinental loyalty. A restaurant spokeswoman said that "Friday's appreciates the loyalty of all of its guests and always looks for ways to thank them as often as possible."