Our favourite roulette wins of all time
It takes a whole lot of guts to bet big on the roulette wheel. Not many of us have what it takes to risk it all, but the stories below show that having nerves of steel can pay off.
We’ve taken a look at some of the biggest and best ever roulette wins, from billionaires to everyday folk. These stories go to show that when lady luck smiles on you, she really beams.
Mike Ashley takes a quick break
The billionaire owner of Newcastle United Football Club loves a spot of roulette in his spare time. In 2008 he strolled into the exclusive Fifty London Casino, in London’s affluent Mayfair. Legend has it that he only spent 15 minutes at the roulette table, placing just one high stakes bet.
Ashley’s bet was a ‘complete’ bet, involving all possible iterations of the number seventeen – his lucky number. One spin of the wheel later and Mike Ashley was £1.3 million richer. The story goes that he looked at the croupier, said, ‘That’ll do me, thanks very much,’ and strolled out as nonchalantly as he strolled in.
Ashley Revell sees red
A pretty unassuming guy from Kent, Ashley Revell, decided to start afresh. So he sold literally everything he owned, including his clothes, and headed to Vegas. The grand total of his worldly possessions was $135,3000 (£76,840) which he was going to wager on one spin of the roulette wheel.
Getting a casino to agree to the bet was a little tricky. Knowing his whole life’s savings were on the line, the original casino pulled out of the stunt at the last minute. Luckily the Plaza Hotel and Casino agreed to take the bet at late notice.
Standing in a hired tuxedo (he really sold everything), Ashley Revell was given one final chance to walk away, and the wheel was spun. He bet his life savings on red, and watched as the ball scooted around the wheel. Luckily for Revell, the ball fell on red and he scooped a respectable $270,600 (£153,680). Leaving the croupier a $600 tip, he walked away from the table, presumably off to buy some new trousers.
Sir Philip Green feels festive
The billionaire fashion mogul, owner of the Arcadia Group, is well known for popping into London casinos between meetings. One December, the festive spirit got the better of him, and he decided to indulge his passion at the roulette wheel.
Green headed to the swanky Les Ambassadeurs in Mayfair. After playing for a few hours, he walked out of the casino a cool £2 million richer. That festive season he is reported to have won over £3 million at the roulette wheel. Green’s also known for his catastrophic losses at roulette, but as he’s already a billionaire, it’s probably all loose change to him.
Chris Boyd follows his dream
Another regular Brit, 40-year-old software developer Chris Boyd, decided to spice up his life. For three years he penny-pinched, saving as much as he could until he had a pot of $220,000 to play with. He hopped on a plane to the Nevada desert, intent on placing one single bet on either red or black.
Like Ashley Revelle, Boyd had trouble finding a casino to take such a large bet. Eventually, the Binion’s Horseshoe Casino agreed to take the wager. Boyd played a few practice spins while he made up his mind what to bet his huge savings on.
Eventually settling on red, the wheel was spun, and the ball released. Luckily for Boyd, the ball fell into the red 7 pocket, winning him $220,000 and doubling his money. Immediately, he asked the casino to lock away his winnings to prevent him from being tempted to place any more bets. He walked away from the casino and vowed to never gamble again. As far as we know he never has.
Roulette is an easy game to play, and with the rise of online roulette, it’s never been easier to get started. You don’t need to be a member of a fancy, exclusive casino, or fly all the way to Vegas. You can enjoy the thrill of the game from your very own home. So head over to our online casino now for the chance to become the next big roulette winner.
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