Many of the greatest achievements in gambling are by players who take risks by betting huge amounts of money for the chance to hit the jackpot. Unlike us regular folk, these gutsy players usually have a bankroll to support their high wagers. Many of the most mind-blowing gambling success stories come from players who have used their brains as well as moxie when playing at online or land-based casinos. Here we highlight some of the most incredible stories of gamblers who have won big with a bit of pluck.
Phil Ivey is best known as one of the greatest poker players in the world. Poker is often considered a game of both skill and luck, but also a bit of pluck. In 2012, Ivey won around $11 million during a baccarat session at the exclusive Crockfords Casino in London, just months after he won $9.6 million in Atlantic City. However, Crockfords refused to pay Ivey his wins as they accused the player of cheating. Ivey then proceeded to sue the casino for his winnings.
Don Johnson became famous in the gambling world in 2011 when he won $15 million from three of the top casinos in Atlantic City. Johnson used his knowledge of casino tricks and discounts offered to high rollers, and negotiated Blackjack rules in which he would essentially make the game 50/50 after he’d done the math. This savviness and pluckiness earned him $15 million in a matter of days.
Talk about brave! Archie Karas is known in gambling circles as the man who turned $50 into an incredible $40 million thanks to sheer determination and guts. After losing $2 million in a few years, Karas headed to Vegas in 1992 with just $50 in his pocket. What happened after that is simply known as ‘The Run’ as Karas enjoy a three-year lucky streak without a single loss. He played blackjack, poker, craps and even pool and never lost, amassing a total of nearly $40 million. But his story doesn’t end well, has Karas went on to lose all his money in the years following.
In the 80s and 90s, the name Kerry Packer was synonymous with wealth and success. It has been said that Kerry Packer was a legend in gambling circles during this time. It is said that he would sometimes walk into a London casino on any given night and play millions at the roulette table. He has supposedly won in a single night $20 million in Vegas. It has even been said that he tipped $1 million to the MGM staff. Now that takes guts.
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