Gambling wins seem to be strange. There always seem to be something supra-natural about them. At least that is people’s opinion when some of the incredibly high prizes were won in the casinos. In these series of two articles GamingZion looks at the destiny of the people who have experienced this crazy gambling magic of winning amazingly high money. Many of their stories seem like taken from a fantasy novel. However, as gambling news report, all of them are true, filling in the record named “crazy gambling winning stories”.
Patricia Demauro throws the dice
If there is one game that many occasional visitors of the casinos do not really understand it is the craps. There are so many options in the game, that it is easy for one who is not used to it to leave the money she won. Patricia Demauro, however, did take her win. Not once, nor twice, but 154 consecutive times. She went at Borgata in Atlantic City with her friend for the second time in her life and decided to throw some dice. She bought in for USD 10, throw the dice and the rest is history. However Demauro never revealed the amount of money she got that Friday night.
The tragic destiny of Cynthia Jay
Cynthia Jay was working as a waitress in a casino in Las Vegas when on 26th of January 2000, she decided to try her luck at the Megabucks slot machine. It was her future mother-in-law birthday so she afforded the pleasure to spend a few bucks on a special night. One, two, three pulls. Nothing. But the fun was getting at a high level so she didn’t stop. Suddenly, ninth pull and the colorful lights from the slot machine were all blinking around one sum: USD 34,959,458.56. Cynthia Jay the cocktail waitress from yesterday was now a multi millionair, winning the highest jackpot in the Megabucks history.
Soon after the jackpot, big plans started to realize. She married her boyfriend, prepared for a trip around the world, thought of investments. But seven weeks after the jackpot win a terrible accident nullified all the pink projections. A drunk driver slammed into Jay, killing her sister and paralyzing Jay down the chest. The trip around the world with the new husband, remained just a wish. She is now in a wheelchair, in a constant need for special care by other people. As online gambling sites in the US report, she said in an interview that she gives up all the million for having the opportunity to walk again and bringing her sister back.
MIT Students rock the casino
Many math students are fascinated by the idea to find the algorithm that will beat the casinos. Most of the attempts were unsuccessful. But there were some however that showed how geeks can conquer Las Vegas. A team of students from MIT used a technique to count the cards in order to discover whether the following cards will primarily be higher or lower. Usually, when higher cards are expected by the gamers they raise the bet.
However raising and lowering the bet correctly and winning great amounts might be an act that can make the dealer notice that one is counting and ask you to leave the table. The team of students from MIT succeeded to pass this unnoticed. How? By a team work, as online gambling news in the US report. One is at a high-roll table, others are counting and signaling to the player, third are distracting the dealer. The team had incredible earnings, most of them used to form an investment company.
The proud grandpa makes a crazy gambling winning story
It is well familiar how grandparents love their grandchildren. However only a few dare to put some crazy bet on them. Peter Edwards is one of them. In 2000 he placed a bet of GBP 50 that his three years old grandson Harry Wilson will play in the national football team of Wales. The sportsbook gave him 2500:1 odds, or translated in pounds GBP 125,000. In 2013 the Welsh national team played a match from the qualification group for the World Cup in Brazil. A surprising tie against Belgium, 1-1, was celebrated all over Wales. However, the most surprised ones were the sportsbooks. In the end of the match a 16 years old debutant enters in the field. He is announced as the bright future of the Welsh football. And guess what? His name was: Harry Wilson.
Many gambling lovers have waited for years to win something big, and most of them never succeeded. However, there are some that win the first time they entered in the casino. Crazy stories about extraordinary gambling wins is what this GamingZion article series reveals. In the previous article we wrote about tragic destinies, pure luck, cheatings, and strong convictions. Here we continue with the peculiar stories that discover some other sides of the highest wins in gambling history.
David Threlfall’s crazy gambling story
A strange suggestion came from David Threlfall on the address of the betting giant William Hill in 1964.The man required the company to prescribe odds for a man walking on the Moon in seven years time. William Hill accepted the suggestion. They offered Threlfall incredible 1,000:1 odds. From today’s perspective we would all wished to have placed all our money and property on this bet, but for the 1960s this was kind a crazy stuff to bet on. The information about man flying in space, which were spread through the media, still seemed incredible to ordinary people and walking on the moon seemed to be something that belonged only to the Jules Verne’s novels.
Threlfall put GBP 10. The formulation of the bet was the following: ” . . . a man, woman, or child from any nation on Earth being on the Moon or any other planet, star, or heavenly body of comparable distance from the Earth before January 1971.” Time was passing and human progress in discovering the vast spaces of our cosmos became an issue that gain incredible popularity in the media of the time.
Soon after, many people asked from William Hill to place a wager and there were even offers for buying Threlfall’s ticket. However he never sold it and trusted the words of the American president John F. Kennedy that by the end of the decade man will walk on the moon. On July 20th 1969 Apollo 11 landed on the moon. Threlfall was watching Armstrong’s first steps live in a TV studio. The GBP 10,000 was given to him during the TV program.
The “never give up” crazy gambling story of Archie Karas
Many dream to enter Vegas with a few bucks in their pockets and come out of the casinos with a fortune. The gambling history knows some incredible stories like this. Archie Karas’s story somehow belongs to this genre. In 1992 he went to Vegas with only USD 50, and for a long time he didn’t know how to lose.
Before entering Vegas, Karas had a terrible loss of over USD 2 million on several high-stakes gambling tables in Los Angeles. He was only left with the USD 50 that he brought in Las Vegas. However, in the Binion’s Horseshoe casino he met a friend who lend him USD 10,000 in order to play high-stakes Razz. Razz is a modification on poker in which the lowest wins the game. Considering Karas’s past he thought that this might be the appropriate game for him, so he decided to place his wager there. He was not mistaken. After only three hours playing the USD 10,000 turned into an amount that was enough for him to return the loan with 50 % interest rate and to keep playing. For three years, he didn’t know of loss, making out of the initial USD 10,000 a fortune of USD 40 million. Once he even made USD 7 million into USD 17 million by beating some of Las Vegas’s poker masters in a seven-card stud. Practically he was winning every game he played in Vegas.
However the luck was not eternally with him. His weakness was craps and he lost USD 11 million on the game in only three weeks. This loss was followed by an attempt to return the money on baccarat, but in vain. He lost additional USD 17 million. The try on poker was no good either. He lost another USD 2 million which amounted to USD 30 million in one month. Time to take a break! He fled back to his home Greece but returned soon to spend the USD 10 million left. And he did lose them too. But some people can never stop. After three weeks he borrowed again USD 40,000 from the friend and won over USD 1 million. Nobody knows what happened after. However, it is not difficult to guess. The only uncertainty concerning Karas is whether he is now a multi-millionaire again or still walks with some borrowed bucks waiting for the luck to shine again for him. For this gambling legend of Las Vegas, there is no “middle way”.