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GAMBLERS WORLD: BIG WINNERS AND BIG LOSERS

RED BULLETCASINO

The world's biggest gambler is Japanese property developer Akio Kashiwagi, who bets $20 million an hour at baccarat. In 1990 he won $19 million in a casino in Darwin, Australia, and a further $6 million at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, USA.

Australian tycoon and legendary gambler, Kerry Packer won GBP7m playing blackjack over a one month period in London.

The late Robert Maxwell reputedly lost GBP1.5 million in three minutes playing three roulette wheels simultaneously at the prestigious Les Ambassadeurs casino in London.

Greek tycoon Frank Sarakakis lost some GBP8 million playing roulette at the exclusive Crockford's Club in London in 1993.

Cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan won a record breaking $35 million on a Megabucks progressive slot machine at the Sahara casino in Las Vegas in 2000.

Ashley Revell bet his entire $135,000 life savings on a single spin of the roulette wheel at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas in 2004, placing everything on 'red', and won walking away with $270,600.

Retail billionaire Sir Philip Green won GBP2 million in just one evening in December 2004 playing roulette at Les Ambassadeurs casino in London.

92-year old Elmer Sherwin achieved the near impossible in 2008 by winning a Megabucks progressive slot machine jackpot for the second time in Las Vegas. On this occasion he won $21 million at the Cannery casino, and in 1989 he won $4.6 million at the Mirage casino.

Big Brother 7 winner, Mike 'Boogie' Malin, who collected $500,000 won a further $150,000 in 2008 playing blackjack in Las Vegas.

Mike Ashley, the billionaire owner of Newcastle United, walked away with GBP1.3 million, won on the single spin of a roulette wheel with his lucky number 17 from London's Fifty casino in 2008.



GREEN BULLETHORSE RACING

George Rhodes of Aldershot collected GBP86,056,42 winnings (after tax) from William Hill for a 5p stake on the ITV Seven accumulator in 1984.

Irish racehorse owner and punter, JP MacManus bet GBP25,000 on 8/1 winner Trapper John in a race at Cheltenham in 1990.

Ron Nicholson of Bournemouth 'scooped' GBP878,939 for a GBP4 stake in April 2004 on the Tote Scoop 6, the biggest payout in betting shop history.

Professional gambler and racehorse owner Harry Findlay won GBP1.85 million on an accumulator (parlay) bet over a UK Bank Holiday weekend in 2007. He also collected GBP1 million the same year when his horse Denman won at Cheltenham .

A Scot who staked GBP300 on a Lucky 15 bet at a William Hill betting shop collected GBP200,000 by picking the first four winners at the 2008 Cheltenham Festival.

An anonymous Yorkshire punter won GBP1 million from William Hill on an eight-horse accumulator (parlay) bet for a 50p stake in February 2008. Intriguingly, his first winner was named "Isn't That Lucky" and the last:: "Dream Come True".

A lucky punter won a Japanese record breaking 24,880,720 yen (GBP175,484) on a Trifeca bet by correctly picking the first three finishers of a race at Oi racecourse in Tokyo in April 2010.

Heating engineer Steve Whiteley won GBP1.45m for a GBP2 bet on the Tote Jackpot by corrrectly picking the winners of all six races at Exeter racecourse on Monday 7 March 2011. The odds against this are a staggering 358,639 - 1.

Stable lad to Nicky Henderson, Conor Murphy, won GBP1m on a GBP50 accumulator bet when five of Nicky's horses won at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival.

Unbeaten racehorse Black Caviar, trained by Peter Moody, had accumulated total prize money of GBP4.6m for her owners from just 25 race starts including 15 Group One wins. She retired from racing in April 2013.


BLUE BULLETPOKER

Within one year of learning to play poker, the aptly named Chris Moneymaker became the 2003 World Series Of Poker (WSOP) No-Limit Texas Hold 'em champion and won $2 million.

Actress Jennifer Tilly won a World Series of Poker bracelet and $158,625 in the 2005 Ladies' No-Limit Texas Hold 'em event, outlasting 600 other players.

Writer and TV presenter, Victoria Coren, collected GBP500,000 prize money when she won the 2006 European Poker Tour held at the Victoria casino in London.

Dane Peter Eastgate, aged 22, become the youngest ever winner of the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) when he won the top prize of $9.1 million in the 2008 event held in Las Vegas.

In his first major poker competition, Will Fry of Nottingham won the top prize of EUR 595,839 when he beat 531 other players in the 2008 Poker Stars European Tour held in Budapest.

Former banker James Bord won GBP836,00 when he became the first British winner of the 2010 WSOP Europe event held in London.

Ex-magician Antonio Esfandiari won a record breaking $18m in the first $1m buy-in of the 2012 WSOP tournament.


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