The odds of hitting a single number at a straight-up during a Roulette game are 37 to 1. In that case you play with 38 numbers, so from 1 to 36 and 0 and 00. Although the winning odds aren’t incredibly high, it’s still very exciting when the Roulette wheel starts spinning. You never know if it’s going to be your lucky day! Perhaps these incredible stories of former Roulette winners will inspire you.
1 – Winning one million Francs not one, but two times
Roulette was already a popular game in the 19th century. Perhaps the luckiest Roulette player of the entire century was Charles Wells. Or is that title a bit exaggerated? On a night in 1891 Charles decided to visit the casino of Monte Carlo for a Roulette game. In just a few hours he won a million Francs! Now, but even more back then, this was a massive amount of money. At that time you were a multi-millionaire with one million Francs. The new multi-millionaire did not decide to relax after his win. He still gambled, and won another million Francs later that year! He was in such a lucky strike that he won 23 out of 30 consecutive spins of the Roulette wheel!
You shouldn’t test your luck too much though, because even Lady Fortune has some other things to do. This is why Charles lost all his money during another game of Roulette. We do have to say that the poor man was known as a scammer. Eventually he was arrested for business scams and spend 8 years in prison. So it could also be that cheated during Roulette. However, it wasn’t discovered and we will never know. It makes a great story anyway!
2 – The amazing stories of Ashley Revell and Philip Green
A more recent story comes from a guy named Ashley Revell from the United Kingdom. Sometimes you need to take a risk to win in life, and Ashley definitely did. On a night in 2004 he bet all his life savings on a single spin of the Roulette wheel. He placed a bet on the red colour with an astonishing 135,300 dollars, which is almost 115.000 euros. Luck was at his side, because the British daredevil won more than 270.000 dollars (228.000 euros)!
Ashley Revell currently holds the record for biggest win on a single spin. He did not win the most money though. This honor goes to another Brit called Philip Green. In just one night he won more than 2 million pounds with a Roulette game at a London casino!
3 – Chris Boyd doubled his fortune
Sometimes one spin of the Roulette wheel can make you a millionaire. Chris Boyd would definitely agree with this, because he won more than 220.000 dollars, about 186.000 euros, with just one bet!
The best bet of his life
Chris already had a fortune of 220.000 euros and wanted to double this amount of money. He went to Las Vegas and placed the bet of his life on red, just like Ashley Revell. So this is definitely a good colour when you gamble…
4 – How Mike Ashley won with the number 17
Some billionaires can’t stop gambling. The businessman Mike Ashley is a good example of that, but definitely a lucky one. He also owns the popular football club Newcastle United. According to the media, he visited a Mayfair casino in 2008 for a game of Roulette. He placed a bet of 480.000 pounds. Would it bring him luck? The answer is yes!
A full complete
17 is the most popular Roulette number (even James Bond plays with it) and so Mike decided to place a straight-up bet on 17. All the splits, streets, corners and six-line bets were also placed on 17. Roulette players call this is a ‘full-complete’. The billionaire also placed wagers on the first half, middle column, middle dozen, black and odd. Eventually he won 820,000 pounds in net profit! This is about 918.000 euros. Even though he’s already a millionaire, this was still a huge amount of money to win.
Will you follow in the footsteps of Ashley, Philip, Chris, Mike or Charles (before he lost his luck)? Even if you don’t become a millionaire, a game of Roulette is still fun!