Although roulette is more of a game of chance than skill, it it still played by professional gamblers and as a result it has its fair share of celebrities. Numerous wannabe roulette players are inspired by hearing tales of their winnings and are struck by the stories where they got the better of the game against all odds. While most experts and professionals prefer to stick to their own systems, perfected after years of playing, most amateurs are only too pleased to follow in the footsteps of great roulette players and hope that they can beat Lady Luck and win every time they play.
As we have said many times before, roulette is not like games of Poker and Blackjack, in that it can't be beaten consistently. As a result, it's rare that you will find anyone who plays this game and only this game as a profession. However, in the list below we'll show you some people who play roulette in addition to other gambling games.
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Here is a list of a few great roulette players of all times. Take a look, read more about them if there is something here that catches your eye, and see if you can learn from them and their methods.
A great player who frequented the casinos in Monte Carlo, playing roulette in all its forms. He made history by winning almost 2 million francs within 48 hours, proving that it is possible to win huge sums of money playing the game of roulette. Of course, it's worth noting that he played with huge sums as well and he lost a lot of money on the way. He didn't walk into a casino with a few francs in his pocket and then walk out with several million--sometimes the secret to winning big isn't a secret at all, you just need to bet big and get very lucky.
This is actually something that we have discussed previously when talking about playing on high-roller online casinos. There are "tricks" that these players employ, including specific strategies, big bets, and pre-arranged rebates, but in the end it all boils down to luck. It also helps that we focus on his big wins and not his losses. Just because he won a couple million in that period of time doesn't mean that he was breaking even before that! Keep this in mind as well look at more famous roulette players.
A great gambler of 19th century, Joseph Jagger took his roulette game very seriously indeed. In fact, he decided to invest a handsome amount in the game by hiring spectators who hung out in various casinos in Monte Carlo and reported the winning numbers to Jagger. This information came in handy one day when Joseph Jagger walked away with $400,000 thereby clinching his place in the roulette hall of fame for ever.
Jagger proved one of the lesser-known truths about roulette: It is possible to win every single time, but only when the game is rigged in your favour. In his case, he was able to find and exploit biases in the wheels. Simply put, a roulette wheel can be affected by numerous outside factors, from the dealer who drops the ball, to the incline that the wheel sits on, as well as any defects in the wheel.
These days it's very hard to spot a faulty wheel as they are checked all of the time and a lot of money is spent to make sure they are perfect and fair. However, this wasn't the case back in the 19th century and Jagger took advantage of that.
It is, technically, possible that such biases do still exist and can be spotted. To do so, however, you would need to find a relatively small and poorly maintained casino and then write down the outcome of every spin. Once you have data from at least 1,000 spins (we never said it would be quick or easy) then you can run some calculations to determine if there is any obvious bias. If so, then that's how you need to bet from that moment onwards.
Roulette players at the ‘Las Vegas Plaza Hotel’ were surprised to find a gentleman named Ashley Revell double his winnings in a matter of minutes. The Englishman placed a huge bet on red after winning $135,000 and doubled it instantly. This 2004 game of roulette was watched with bated breath by numerous other players as well as other spectators at the venue. Every minute of the game was also broadcasted to a distant audience who listened eagerly.
The audience were watching Sky One, who were filming a mini-series about Revell. Sound a little strange? You haven't heard anything yet.
This story began when Revell decided to sell everything he owned (car, house belongings) and then go "double or nothing" at a casino. He even changed his name so that his middle name matched that of a UK bookmaker. They had agreed to give him money for doing this, which helped him to increase his stake.
In the end, Revell took the money he won and used it to found an online poker company. It could have been one of the best origin stories ever and we would love to tell you that the site he created was PokerStars or Full Tilt--something you know and something that remains a big success. In actual fact, the site was Poker UTD. And if you just uttered a, "Who are they?" then you're not alone. Poker UTD folded several years later, taking the last of his big winnings with it.
It wasn't a complete disaster though. Revell earned his name in gambling folklore and while he never really went on to become a mainstream celebrity, he did setup a recruitment firm that seems to be doing okay and his actions also inspired TV shows and films. Of course, the irony here is that he may have been more famous and more well known if he had lost the bet. Everyone loves a hard luck story that involves someone who risked it all, but they're less inclined towards a story where they risked it all, won, and then kept the winnings.