We’d all like to imagine ourselves as the high roller who walks in and robs the casino blind by winning massive amounts of cash at the black jack table.
Here are some of the biggest wins and losses casino dealers have seen.
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1. Dealer, not in Vegas but still considered a large casino. The most heartbreaking losses always come from naive college kids or the regular single parents but the largest loss I’ve ever seen was pretty entertaining.
There’s a regular at our Casino that owns his own company but also used to scam other casinos by having an inside man at his bank confirm credit over the phone that the player did not have. He’s since been busted for this and will definitely be sent to jail once the case is closed. He still has a ton of cash and plays at our Casino being the only one in the area that allows him inside. A few weeks after he was caught, he came to our Casino with 4 brief cases of $250,000 each and said “I’m not leaving until the sign outside says “(insert players name) Casino””. Super upbeat and happy guy. Really nice to the dealers (probably so he wouldn’t get kicked out). After 5 hours, my shift was over and he was down $720,000. The smile on his face looked like he found the money in between his couch cushions.
2. Ex-Croupier here.
Worked in a large casino NOT in America. We had a lot of Asian clientele in our VIP room. Once had a guy betting 600k PER HAND on Baccarat. He ended up a few mil and was sharing it around the group of women/escorts around him.
Most I’ve seen lost is 10 Mil in 3 weeks. He has the room Booked for the month so he made his bag man fly back to Thailand and get more money. Nothing was transferred. It was all cash.
3. I work in a well known casino in Las Vegas. It happens multiple times per week that we get high rollers in who win or lose over $1 million. The most I ever saw a person lose was about $9 million in one night. But while that may seem like an obscene amount of money to you or I, that’s what he budgeted himself to gamble that trip. He came knowing he may lose $9 million. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t happy, but he didn’t lose his mind, or freak out or anything like that.
4. I manned the Roulette wheel for about 6 months back in my college days, and the most amount of money I ever saw someone lose was $2,500. He put $100 on 22 different numbers, red, even, and second half. I’ll never forget his face with 0 showed up.
The most amount of money I ever saw someone win was around $12,000 or so, give or take. It was around Christmas time, and a group from a business Christmas party came in, the boss gave everyone $100 and she came over, put $100 on 13, just wanting to get rid of it and get home.
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13, $3,500 instant win. She takes $3,400 back, and puts $100 on 25 … 25 … another $3,400 net gain. I forget the third number, but she did it again. She then put $500 on one of the colors, forget which, and about the same on the thirds, forget which. She won the thirds, lost the color, and walked had me call security over to escort her to cash in her chips. This took her no time, at all. She was very excited, talking about how much this money would help her.
5. 60k on blackjack. Guy didn’t even blink. Onto the next hand.
6. Ex croupier here, quit after this incident.
I lost $3 mil in an hour, won $5.2mil back from the same client. All in the span of 6 hours.
He hanged himself in the suite that night.
7. Ex-croupier from Sydney.
Dude turned over about 20mil in 20 mins. He was just there because it was uni enrollment time for his son, so decided to show them a fun time in the inner sanctums.
Another dude lost maybe 700k and didn’t care, his bag man showed me photos of the private jet they travel in, which had a full sized queen bed in it. Pretty awesome.
Since I’m white, I didn’t really get to deal much in the inners. But if the players lose, they just kick you out and ask for a luckier dealer. Usually an Asian female.
8. I dealt blackjack for a few months at an Iowa casino. A guy was staying at our hotel for a week on business and would play at my table at night because we had some good conversations and he had a few really good runs w me. On his last hand one night he put down $500.
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Hit two 8s against me showing a 6. He split them. On the first one he got a 3 and doubled down. Drew a 4 or 5. Second he got a 2 and doubled down on it as well and got another mediocre hand. I forgot what I had exactly but I ended up drawing like 5 cards and not busting and taking $2,000 from him. He laughed and tipped me a couple of black chips ($200). I would have felt bad if I thought he couldn’t afford it (we definitely had some people like that) but I got the impression he was doing just fine.
9. Worked in The Grosvenor in Sunderland, England when I was 18 (it was a tiny place) and a taxi driver would come in every night and put 200 on black 8 and laugh and leave after one spin win or lose. He won twice the whole the whole six months I worked there before being sacked.
10. I can’t recall how much is the most I’ve seen someone lose. (You stop seeing it as money after so long) but I’ll never forgot dealing to this one lady.
She wasn’t a high roller just an average Jo. She was playing blackjack and we opened her a private table because she requested it, we were quiet (early evening midweek). I dealt to her for probably about 45 minutes and watched her lose 14,000.
She was in floods of tears asking me how I can do this to her but I had no control over the game. It was all on her. I couldn’t tell her to stop because that’s me trying to stop her winning it back, I couldn’t encourage her to keep on because that’s me making her lose more.
In big casinos people will drop more than that in 1 hand, but in a regular, everyday casino in the North of England, I just watched her lose what is just above the minimum annual salary in what could have been a lunch hour. My girlfriend was earning in the region of this much at that time.
I got the usual abuse from her, I’m evil, I’m mugging an older woman, how do I sleep at night.
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We tried talking to her about problem gambling and where she can get help but she wasn’t interested. She didn’t have a problem, she was just unfortunate that she got the devil incarnate as her blackjack dealer.
But on the flip side of things. A few years later I was working as the pit boss and I’d called last 3 spins on the roulette. The takings were doing well, we were about 10k up on the night. (Again small casino in a small town in the North of England) and the only guy playing was a young lad, a student who’d been out drinking and was clearly drunk. Still in control of his functions so not a problem at all. He was a few hundred quid up. Can’t remember now how much but we tracked him for 100 and he had stacks of ponies in front of him (25 chips)
On the last spin I heard him shout to his mate, I’m putting it all on 20. And that’s what he did, his entire winnings went onto 20 in a combination of straight up, splits, corners, streets and 6 line.
Boom ball drops, dealer shouts…”20, black even”.
My stomach fell out of my arse. I sent 2 inspectors to go check the payout because I didn’t even want to look at the table. I knew we didn’t have enough cash in the safe to pay it out so I’d have to do an interim table box count to pay him out.
The payout was around 24k then I had to send the shift report to upper management showing how we went from 10 up to 14 away from 1 spin.
Obviously that’s not the pit boss’ fault, but you never want to be the one delivering bad news when you were in charge.
After we paid him out, we ordered him a taxi and he self excluded himself so he wouldn’t come back and lose it all. Fair play to the lad.
11. When I was a croupier I was dealing roulette. Guy was up around 20k. By the time I had finished with him he had lost that and spent another 5k. He wasn’t very happy.
12. I’m a dealer and I’ll never forget my first night on Roullete was the most I’ve ever paid out.
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I tap onto the game and I see a STACK of chips on 16. Boom, 16 off the rip for like 6 different people in total. One guy got it good for like 17k. Was an eventful first night on Roullete. That games fun to deal. Blackjack or Baccarat? Awful.
13. Currently a dealer at a large casino in the US, not vegas. I tap onto my blackjack game and this guy I’m dealing to tells me he is already down around 100k. He’s in his mid 50s or so, wearing a tacky plaid suit. He was betting 500-1k a hand, two hands every time. Over about 4 hours the guy floats between my table and the one next to me buying in 10k at a time. I gave him one good shoe the whole night so I was busting his head essentially the whole time. A couple times it took longer for me to count his buy in than for me to put it in my rack. There were so many 100 dollar bills in my money box it was getting tough to put the paddle in it. My floor tells me after he leaves that he lost 209k after it was all said and done.
He treated it like how I would treat losing 1 grand maybe. He wasn’t happy but he seemed like he could shrug it off. My floor was like yea, I could pay off my entire mortgage with what he just lost. I died a little inside that day but it’s not my money after all.
14. First off, a little background. Casinos in Asia are rumored to ‘rent out’ tables, which means someone can pay the casino for the right to take a percentage of winnings from that table over a period of time. Basically it’s money laundering.
During my many trips to Macau and the Philippines I’ve watched people gamble away millions every hour over days and the only reason I can attribute their behavior is to this type of money laundering. In the 2000’s this was very common to see in Macau. Acrylic covered gold plaques worth Hong Kong Dollars $100,000 thrown across the table like $2 chips over a game of Baccarat many times over.
The first time I saw it happen I counted the amount re-bought at $10 million, which he lost in minutes right after he had just lost a stick in similar size. When I went back a few days later he was still there doing the exact same thing. The amount he lost/laundered easily broke into hundreds of millions if not more.
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15. My mother has had a gambling problem for as long as I can remember. It got worse as I got older. After I graduated and got a job, left the house for good, she started gambling a lot. I got a call from her once at 3am, literally begging me to instantly wire her $1,800 so she could get a flight home from Vegas. I did so in the morning but the transfer would take 3 days. She gambled away her plane ticket and her hotel room too. I didn’t even know that was possible. She was literally just walking around Vegas for those 3 days homeless, waiting for the wire transfer.
My older brother is a lot better off financially than I am, so he got stuck paying some huge gambling debts. About 15 years ago my brother bought my mom a brand new house. He was very well off. As a result, my mom was gambling a lot because she thought he would pay off her debts. She lost a lot of money in some seedy underground gambling den in Hawaii (where gambling is illegal). She owed money to some really bad people, possibly the Japanese mafia. My brother paid her debt (she later admitted to me it was $25,000). As a result, my brother sold the house he bought her and got her a smaller condo instead. They rarely talk to each other now.
16. I’m an analyst in a tribal-owned casino in a not-very-wealthy area so we don’t see people losing in the millions, but we’ve got a few patrons that have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to us over the years. Most of them are local business owners, or were owners that have now sold their company for big profits. So spending that much money here (and presumably the same or more at our local competitors) doesn’t seem to be a problem.
One of our biggest players for about a year was a little old lady who’s husband died and she didn’t have anything else to spend the life insurance on, so she put a few hundred thousand in to us over the year. Once she finished off that amount she basically stopped playing all together, she was just in it for the fun. She’s spent enough though, and is a nice old lady, so most of the hosts comp her a free meal every once in awhile, just to bring her in and check in on her. If she never spends another cent here, she’s still one of our biggest players ever.
Word of advice though, those folks you know who “won a huge jackpot, and have made so much money gambling, and are big winners” well there’s a really good chance that they’re net-negative when it comes to their spending here. We’ve had folks win $100k jackpots and still be a hundred and fifty thousand in the hole. That’s how this works, you might have some big wins on occasion, but every game is advantageous to the house.