Thursday, June 26, 2014

Top 10 Gambling Wins in Las Vegas History

10. Ashley Revell ($270,600)

Las Vegas is an incredible place full of historic wins and losses at its many casinos.
While the amount won isn't extremely impressive, Ashley Revell still made one of the most famous bets in history. The British man sold litereally everything he owned to come up with a total of $135,300 to bet at the Plaza Hotel and Casino. He bet the entire amount on red at the roulette table, and he won!

9. Michael Geismar ($710,000)

Sometimes the rich just get richer. Michael Geismar is a Hedge Fund Manager who enjoyed a crazy streak of blackjack wins in 2012. Geismar started with just $10,000 that he borrowed on credit and ended up with winnings of $710,000 in just three days. By the end, he was betting max bets of $10,000 on every hand.

8. Alexander Degenhardt ($2.9 Million)

Alexander Degenhardt was a U.S Marine who had been training at Nellis Air Force Base in 2012. In his last weekend of training, he decided to hit up a Las Vegas casino with his friends. After putting in around $100 into the Money Vault slot machine at the Bellagio, he managed to win a jackpot worth $2,882,808.32. He credits the win to karma, because he had just been accepted to become a bone marrow donor.

7. Amy Nishimura ($8.9 Million)

Hawaiian native Amy Nishimura played the same slot machine at the Fremont Casino every time she vacationed in Las Vegas. She even talked to the machine to help give her luck. Apparently Nishimura was onto something, because in 2003 she won a jackpot worth $8,919,598 with less than $100 spent!

6. Anonymous ($17.3 Million)

A woman who chose to be anonymous won a $17,329,817.80 jackpot in 2012 without spending a cent. She had recieved "free play" vouchers at the M Resort and Casino and used them to play a Megabucks slot machine. She actually didn't know she won the jackpot until the person sitting at the next machine spoke up.

5. Johanna Huendl ($22.6 Million)

74-year-old Johanna Huendl was simply on her way to eat breakfast when she decided to stop and play a Megabucks slot machine. After putting less than $200 into the machine, she managed to win the $22,618,156.67 jackpot.

4. Elmer Sherwin ($21 Million + $4.6 Million)

One lucky Vegas gambler found himself in the position of winning slot machine jackpots twice! World War II veteran Elmer Sherwin originally won a $4.6 million Megabucks jackpot on the first day that The Mirage opened up to the public. 16 years later, Sherwin was still playing the slots in Vegas and managed to win a second jackpot of $21,147,947 at the Cannery Casino.

3. Kerry Packer (Around $30 Million)

A wealthy Australian tycoon and high-roller named Kerry Packer loved to gamble. In a 1997 trip to Las Vegas, Packer had a hot streak playing Blackjack and Baccarat where he racked up a total of somewhere between $20-40 million. Of course, his gambling addiction led to him losing all those winnings in a London casino two years later.

2. Cynthia Jay-Brennan ($35 Million)

One of the most famous Las Vegas winners of all time was cocktail waitress Cynthia Jay-Brennan. She won a huge jackpot of $34,955,489.56 while playing a Megabucks slot machine at the Desert Inn. Just six weeks after her windfall, she was rear-ended by a drunk driver. Her sister was killed and she was paralyzed in the crash, which fueled the urban legend that Vegas jackpot winners are cursed.

1. "Mr. Los Angeles" ($39.7 Million)

The biggest jackpot winner in Las Vegas history chose to be anonymous, but we do know that he was a software engineer from Los Angeles. "Mr. Los Angeles" hit the record-setting Megabucks jackpot at the Excalibur in 2003. He opted to take the $39,713,982.25 payout in 25 yearly installments of $1.5 million.

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