There are many
stories around of people who have won life-changing amounts of money in
casinos. Some of the stories are real; some are semi-truths-cum-legends. Of
course, what these stories dont tell are the millions of smaller tales
about people who continually lost more than they could afford to and ended up
on skid row because, after all, the house does always win.
But there are,
nevertheless, some remarkable tales of derring-do, skill, strategy and, of
course, pure unbelievable luck and they do give us all hope.
February 2013, for example, a 40 year-old man from Helsinki in Finland smashed
the world record pay-out for an online casino with a progressive slot machine
win of 17,861,813! The lucky Finn was playing for 25 cent stakes on a
Mega Fortune slot.
So the crazily large wins do exist and it surely
will only be a matter of time before one of the
top 10 real online casinos around the world tops even this record as the
popularity of online casinos seems to show little sign of slowing down. The
previous world record online casino jackpot had only been set two years earlier
with an anonymous Scandinavian punter landing a huge win of 11,700,000
also via a progressive slot jackpot..
Or how about American
Jay-Brennan who, on the 26th January 26, 2000, wagered $27 in a real
Megabucks slot machine at the Las Vegas Desert Inn and landed
herself a win of $34,959,458!? Similarly, 12 years earlier in November 1998, a
65 year-old retired air stewardess landed herself a staggering $27,582,539 on
another Megabucks slot machine this time at the Palace Station Hotel and
Casino in Vegas. But get this; the very same woman had won over $680,000 just a
month earlier at the same casino when playing the Wheel of Fortune!
Meanwhile, the author Michael Konick, in his
book: The Man with the $100,000 Breasts and Other Gambling Stories
tells the story of an octogenarian jockey known as Fast Eddie who - on four
separate occasions managed to gamble $100 up to more than $250,000.
More recently in the UK, a Lincolnshire man managed to set a new world
record for an online bingo win, winning close to £6 million via a
progressive jackpot pay-out. The 60 year-old, John Orchard, beat the previous
record set by a 36-year-old Greek businessman 'Georgios M', who won
6.3million in an online casino.
Or how about another Greek epic
tale this time the one of the story of Greek-American Archie Karas who,
during the early 1990s, when gambling in Las Vegas with $10,000 hed
borrowed, won against 15 of the world's best poker players in a tournament at
Binion's Horseshoe casino. He then moved onto the craps tables where his
winning run continued until, by the time he quit, he was up by over $17
So it can be done but it always owes a huge amount to
sheer luck. Still - the prospects of a life-changing win are what keep us all
coming back; just keep the stakes small and affordable and have good