While it may be true that you can’t win them all, as they say, there are a few that have been a lot more fortunate when it comes to winning casino games. Prepare yourself for tales of incredible triumph in the world of gambling because we’ve compiled a list of some of the biggest wins in history!
Amazingly enough, most of the wins were made by individuals with a voracious appetite for risk, something of a demonstration that success often comes to the players that indulge excessively.
Arch Karas was often referred to as the King of Casinos, which is fairly unsurprising considering he is renowned for turning a measly $50 into a massive $4 million. This was later to become known as The Run, when Karas began one of the biggest winning streaks in Las Vegas history.
His streak started in 1992 and continued for 3 years before he proceeded to lose all of his money. Many will agree that the majority of his success can be attributed to his willingness to go all in and raise the stakes that very few dare to risk playing at.
A billionaire who loved the media and loved betting large, Kerry Packer went to Las Vegas to play at the MGM Grand in 1995 and allegedly took home something between $20 million and $40 million.
Packer won his money at the blackjack and roulette tables, playing up to eight hands at once and betting as much as $250 000 each hand that he played. He was said to have won $25 million in a mere 40 minutes.
If you’re one of the many keen slot players out there, you will have heard of the Megabucks slot machine, or possibly just the fact that Elmer Sherwin won $4.6 million when he played it in Vegas at the Cannery Casino in 1989.
However, that wasn’t the end of the WWII veteran’s tale of massive wins, defying the odds and winning the jackpot that gave him a massive $21 million.
Don Johnson’s win tells the tale of a rather impressive winning streak that lasted about six months, where he managed to beat a number of Atlantic City casinos for something over $15 million in 2011.
The former corporate executive had a passion for blackjack and was said to have often negotiated certain rules in order to ensure he had an edge over the casino he was playing at, including splitting one hand into four different hands.