With roulette being one of the most popular games in the casino, it comes as no surprise that there are a number of gamblers wagering vast amounts of money in the hopes of getting lucky, leaving behind many tales to be told from the roulette wheel.
Roulette has been involved in the media and in films quite a lot over the years, with story lines based around the highs and lows experienced at the roulette table. Whilst these fictional stories may be entertaining to watch, they do not quite compare to the stories that are told from real life wagers in roulette.
Almost any experienced gambler will be able to tell you about a time when the same number came up 5 times in a row, or the wheel landed on the same color for 20 spins straight, but it is the big bets and big wins that take the limelight over the obscurities of everyday probability.
There are just a handful of famous roulette bets and people that will go down in history for their great wins (and sometimes losses). Below are the most popular stories and famous bets to ever come from the roulette wheel. I am sure that you will find them as entertaining as I did.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Dostoevsky is the author Crime and Punishment and is of one of the world's greatest ever novelists. But for eight years of his life between 1863 and 1871 he had an addiction to roulette that almost crushed him. He wrote a book called The Gambler during this time, which includes details of his experiences at the roulette table.
- Joseph Jagger
- Joseph Jagger is the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo. In 1880 he travelled to the casino at Monte Carlo and took advantage of imperfections in the roulette wheel, helping him to predict the most likely numbers and win incredible amounts of money.
- Ashley Revell
- In 2004, a 32 year old Ashley Revell sold everything he owned and travelled to Las Vegas to gamble it all on one spin of the roulette wheel.