All around the world, luck is represented by different types of symbols, such as four-leaf clovers, rabbit foot charms, dream catchers, and many, many more. Luck in everyday life on the other hand take on a more subtle tone, such as just barely catching the last train, or finding a good spot in a crowded parking lot.
However, there are a few times when people would rely on Lady Luck slightly more than usual, and one of those times is during intense playing sessions at casinos. Whether or not you agree with the saying ‘fortune favours the bold’, there’s no denying that these bold players’ bets were aided by luck.
The Man Who Bet Everything He Owned- Ashley Revell
We all have that friend who always jokes about the most outrageous things, be it about quitting their current job and starting a brand new business venture halfway across the globe, or selling everything they own and betting it all in a single casino bet.
In 2004, that was exactly what Ashley Revell did- that is, he placed his entire life savings in a bet on red in roulette. The wild idea stemmed from a chat during a night out with his friends and ballooned out into a defining moment in his life.
To prepare for the bet, he auctioned and sold everything he owned, from his car and his Rolex watch, down to his clothes, leaving only the things he needed for himself. A bookmaker company also pitched in to help, and as a gesture of appreciation, Revell legally changed his name to Ashley Blue Square Revell. In the end, he managed to collect USD$135,300 and placed it all on red in roulette- and won!
It may not have been the largest bet in history, but it definitely qualifies as one of the luckiest.
The Businessman-turned-millionaire- Pedro Grendene Bartelle
In stark contrast to Revell, Pedro Gradene Bartelle was already an established businessman before his famous bet- which would explain how he could afford to place a whopping $35,000 on a single bet. The famous wager was placed on a French roulette table, which has a significantly lower house edge than other types of roulette.
The bet that put him on this list was a $35,000 straight bet on number 32, resulting in a cool $3.5 million win that turned Bartelle into an instant millionaire. If this didn’t sound impossible enough, you may want to know that the odds of hitting a win on a straight bet in French roulette is only 2.7%, the steepest odds among all other roulette bets- which meant that the odds were insanely stacked against him.
That single huge win is, to the date of writing, one of the largest, if not the largest win from a single spin of a roulette.
The Man Who Broke The Bank- Joseph Jagger
Last but not least, we couldn’t possibly have created this list without including one of the few men who could claim to have broken the bank at Monte Carlo, Joseph Jagger. Even though his winnings were somewhat less ‘lucky’ than the others in the list in the sense that he took advantage of a biased wheel to hit his huge wins instead of relying entirely on pure luck, he was no less lucky to have figured out this loophole.
Before he hit it big in the casino, Jagger was a textile worker, which was thought to be where he got the idea that roulette wheels may be biased. After trying and failing to build his own textile company, Jagger set off to Monte Carlos, where he analyzed the roulette payouts for several tables for some time, and eventually came to the conclusion that one of the wheels were biased towards a set of numbers.
For a few days, Jagger used his knowledge to his advantage and ended up with winnings totalling up to more than $375,000, the modern-day equivalent of a staggering £7.5 million.
While it may have worked out for our three lucky winners, roulette is not a game that is entirely based on luck. In order to win big, one must know which bets have the best payouts or the best odds which you’ll find “How Much Does Roulette Pay Out All The Payout Ratios You Want To Know“.
Here are 3 of the luckiest roulette winners in the history of roulette, but who’s to say there won’t be a bigger, crazier win tomorrow? If these stories have inspired you to give the game a try, you might want to check out this beginner’s guide “A Beginner’s Guide to Roulette Everything You Need To Know“.
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