There are lots of stories circulating about players who got lucky and managed to stake their bets on winning numbers; however, these have also resulted in house limits being placed to ensure that such vast sums do not come up again.
As you will see these are pretty much lucky bets that could easily have gone the other way. In 1891 Charles Wells managed to use his luck to snag about 2,000,000 francs, and this known small-time crook became dubbed the man how broke the bank at Monte Carlo, such was his win that there was no money left and the table was closed.
It is alleged he managed to win 23 out of 30 spins, one after the other. Despite his reputation as a world-class scammer the win, which happened over two different nights winning a million each time, the casino could not find any evidence of cheating or foul play, and it seems this crook just got lucky.
More recently in 2004, our next winner makes the list through sheer guts and glory. Deciding his life was not what he hoped, Ashley Revell sold his house, his car and ever possession he could find and drove to Vegas with the sole intention of changing his life, for the better, which could have course have gone horribly wrong. However, lady luck was on his side that night, and a £135,000 bet on red saw him double his money. Using his winnings, he is now firmly in the industry himself having started Poker UTD an online gaming site, and more recently Gaming Recruitment which is a job site for the online casino industry.
In a more calculated move Mike Ashley, already a billionaire entrepreneur decided to cover the whole board with a complete bet which cost him the small change amount of £480,000. A complete bet covers all the inside bet combinations including corners, splits, streets and more. His single number bet went on 17, and the number also featured in other combinations. This gamble paid off, and he won £820,000 when calculated back to net profit. His actual win was £1,300,000.
When it comes to cases like this we are not sure if the term ‘no guts no glory’ applies, for sheer luck paid off for some of our plucky winners, or perhaps if this was balanced with the largest failed bets, Forrest Gump’s ‘Stupid is as stupid does’ is more accurate.
It certainly takes some bravery to gamble everything you have on any game. There is no real way to cheat a roulette wheel so it is a game of chance, with a little bit of strategy as demonstrated by Mr Ashley, while we would not recommend the all or nothing approach it has to be said for these winners it certainly did pay off.