If you think that time your friend won $3,000 playing War by hitting five threes in a row against a dealer’s constant two was weird? Wait until you read these zany, unbelievable stories from the casino floor.
Cheating at the Roulette wheel with shoes
You’ve probably heard about the MIT students who broke Vegas with a genius card counting system that most people can’t wrap their head around (I know I can’t). But this isn’t about them. This is about two University of California students who tried to beat Roulette back in the 1970s, decades before the famous MIT card counting team destroyed the Las Vegas Blvd strip. But the California students didn’t rely exclusively on their brains to break Vegas. Instead, they relied on their shoes. The students developed a system that would disrupt the Roulette wheel. One of the students wore a computerized gadget in their shoe to disrupt the spin of the Roulette wheel while the other received signals in their shoe that alerted them how to bet. They actually made some money until the authorities caught onto them.
Man sells everything and lays it all on the table
I have a hard time putting down more than $10 at the Roulette wheel. So I can’t even fathom putting my entire life savings down on a single bet. But Ashley Revell of the United Kingdom did just that. He sold all his possessions for $135,000 and hopped on a plane to Sin City. He placed one bet and doubled his money in a flash. Had he lost, we’d be telling a very different story.
Man turns $50 into $40 million….and then loses it all
Speaking of different stories, here’s one for you. Archie Karas took $50 and in a span of three years, he pushed it up to $40 million. Yes, million. He made it primarily playing poker and pool, and he’s known as one of the greatest gamblers of all time. But what goes up must come down. And Archie’s $40 million eventually disappeared. Don’t feel so bad for him though. Karas doesn’t value money the same way so many of us do. In his own words: “You’ve got to understand something. Money means nothing to me. I don’t value it. I’ve had all the material things I could ever want. Everything. The things I want, money can’t buy: health, freedom, love, happiness. I don’t care about money, so I have no fear. I don’t care if I lose it.”
World War II vet strikes it big twice
It’s not uncommon to win big playing slots. After all, at Slots of Vegas we crown winners all the time. But for the massive jackpots of tens of millions? Those are limited to a handful of machines in Las Vegas. One such machine is called Megabucks and it rarely hits. But one day, a man named Elmer Sherwin hit it big, winning $4.6 million playing the machine. But that big win didn’t stop him from playing the slots. The World War II vet continued to play occasionally for 16 years. And it paid off. He hit the same jackpot, winning $21 million this time. You’ll be happy to know that he donated a good chunk to charity, including victims of Hurricane Katrina.
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