There are so many people who make or break their life playing bets. Not all are lucky enough to double their investment. However, there have been few lucky people in the history who made crazy money. These lucky gamblers became rich overnight and were least educated in casino games. Let’s move ahead and find out more about how fate made them fortunate and rich.
Things turned out inexplicably great for Patricia Demauro, a grandmother, who tried her luck in gambling for the second time in her entire existence. She started playing craps after her friend played for a brief time. Once she started rolling dice in the craps table at Borgata in Atlantic City, she made an astonishing win – a whopping 154 wins won consequently! The amount she won was never revealed, however she was clever enough to tell that she only spent $10. Now, that’s what we call casino luck!
Fortune followed by a misfortune!
Life was about to change for Cynthia Jay in 2000. A cocktail waitress by profession, Cynthia used to work in Las Vegas’ Monte Carlo. She was soon to get married. On 26 January, 2000 Cynthia played Megabucks slot machine during the celebration of her fiancé’s mother’s birthday. Megabucks is a well-known state wide lottery jackpot. Cynthia didn’t know that during her 9th pull, she will win a huge amount of $34,959,458.56. She got married within two weeks after the win, but a month later she met with an accident where she lost her sister and got paralyzed from chest down. The incident left her totally dependent on wheel chair.
The man who made money from moon!
There was a time when mankind only dreamt of the day when man will reach moon. However, there was a man who knew how to make the most of this plausible future achievement. David Threlfall wrote a letter in 1964 to a renowned betting company of Britain, William Hill. In the letter, David enquired for the likelihood of a man walking on moon within the next 7 years.
Because there was no concrete indication towards NASA taking this step any time soon, David was offered the probability of 1,000:1. However, his odds were good and he put a bet of £10. It was exactly 5 years later that Threlfall watched the live telecast of Neil Armstrong putting his foot on Moon. David Threlfall received £10,000.
2011’s Blackjack Master
Don Johnson was a seasoned gambler, who broke the records of winnings in Blackjack in a short span of 6 months in 2011. While MIT students made a strategy to count cards, Don stressed on making special rules. Don knew his mathematics well and he was a great negotiator. By finding suitable casinos, he would make money using the paybacks refund option. He primarily played only in casinos where there were favorable house rules. However, his winning trick was to cash on in the paybacks where he would negotiate and still win money after losing some. Following this strategy, Don Johnson won $15 million in 6 months from 3 different casinos. He is no longer welcomed in casinos.
Archie Karas’ Winning Streak
It was year 1992, when Archie Karas drove to Las Vegas with only $50 with himself. However, Archie had just lost $2 million freshly in a poker game in Los Angeles. It was a massive loss, but that did not stop Archie from driving to Los Angeles for another round of gambling. There he was given $10,000 from his friend to bet high in a game of Razz. After 3 hours of betting, Archie won and paid off his debt with 50% interest. His luck continued not for a few months but for 3 continuous years, after which he was owner of $40 million. Archie Karas’s winning streak went cold after he started losing money again to casino games such as craps.
It is amazing how seasoned gamblers can lose so much and novice players can become millionaires in no time. Casino games and gambling is more about strategies and brain work, with a pinch of magical fate. For these 5 people, life changed immediately. While few managed to retain their winnings, other ended up losing it.