The history of roulette dates back to more than a century ago. Considered a game of chance, most players have developed the misconception that winning at a roulette game is nearly impossible.
Interestingly, the first major win at a roulette casino game was by Charles Wells in 1891 at More Carlo Casino.
Let’s look at other top roulette wins of all time. But that’s not all; whether or not the winners made good use of their winnings will be discussed too.
- 1 Ashley Revell
- 2 Joseph Jagger
- 3 Mike Ashley
- 4 Pedro Grendene Bartelle
- 5 Chris Boyd
- 6 Sir Philip Green
- 7 Sean Connery
- 8 William Nelson Darnborough
- 9 Billy Walters
- 10 Charles Deville Wells
- 11 Wrapping Up
To the amazement of so many players at Plaza Hotel and Casino in 2004, Ashley Revell from England staked his life savings at a roulette table. Ashley placed his bet in the view of a global audience.
Then Ashley was 32 years when he bet $135,000 on red. To the amazement of the crowd, the ball landed on 7-red when the wheel stopped spinning.
That night Ashley racked in an additional $135,000. Like Englanders, real money roulette games for South Africans are available at Land-based casinos in SA. It’s reported that Revell returned to the casino and won again after 15 years.
Joseph Jagger was a regular guy who worked in the cotton industry. According to reports, Joseph discovered that a particular roulette machine at the casino hit some set of numbers more often.
So one fateful day, Jagger visited the casino to try his luck. Jagger successfully won $375,000 over a few days. After a while, the casino realized Jagger’s discovery and fixed the roulette machines.
Jagger retired early from his job and made some investments. He never went back to gambling at the casinos.
Unlike Ashley Revell, Mike Ashley is a millionaire who only bet for fun. Incredibly, Mike staked about half a millionaire dollar at a small Mayfair Casino hall. Mike Ashley staked the bet on the ball to land on black when the wheel stops spinning. He left the casino with an extra $850,000.
For a millionaire, that extra profit may not mean so much. Mike Ashley is the owner of New Castle Football Club.
Pedro Grendene Bartelle
Pedro won $3.5million playing a French roulette at Hotel Conrad Punta del Este in Uruguay. To the audience’s amazement, Pedro Grendene Bartelle won this huge sum with just $350.
According to Pedro, he adopted a strategy where he staked most of his chips on No.32. French roulette is perceived to have a lower house edge compared to American roulette.
Chris Boyd, like Ashley Revell, also took the risk of staking his entire life savings. However, Chris Boyd initially faced some challenges because most casinos had betting limits. His $220,000 bet was more than the maximum amount allowed by most casinos.
Eventually, Binion Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas allowed Chris, and he doubled his bet. Interestingly, Chris also chose red like Ashley, and the ball landed on 7-red too.
Sir Philip Green
It is clear that luck chooses to smile on certain people no matter their status. Sir Philip, a billionaire fashion mogul, won a whopping $2m at a casino in London in 2004. This extra $2m may not mean so much for the businessman.
In December 2004, Sir Philip won another $1m at another casino in London where he tried his luck on a roulette game. Imagine what $2m would have done for a regular guy.
The name sounds familiar, right? Yes, it’s James Bond himself. Sean Connery is one of the most popular James bond actors. Like the fictional character James Bond, Sean Connery also had a taste for gambling.
In 1963, Sean won $27,000 at a roulette table in Saint-Vincent Casino, Italy. He targeted his bets on No.17, and after two attempts, the third one landed on 17. Then he also bet on the same number twice, and the ball hit 17 twice again.
William Nelson Darnborough
William Nelson won £80,000 in 1904 at a French roulette. Gambling made William rich between 1904 and 1911. Also, he could predict where the ball will land when the reel stops spinning. William earned the nickname “Wheel Watcher” because of his ability.
At some point, William was said to have placed a bet on number 5, and he also won five times in a row.
Billy Walters, a successful businessman, was known to bet at a high-stakes roulette table. He hired some gamblers to find out any faulty roulette machine. Billy Walters approached Atlantic City casino to bet on their high stake roulette table. The casino eventually agreed, and he won $4m betting on Number 5.
Charles Deville Wells
Charles Deville Wells was a popular petty thief. He was known to have committed a series of small robberies in the streets of France. One night in 1891, Charles walked into Monte Carlo’s Casino and won 23 times out of 30 bets. He won 1 million francs that night. Charles was later imprisoned for eight years for scamming people.
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