People love records. The Guinness Book Of Records isn’t a worldwide phenomenon for nothing, after all. There is just something fascinating about how far people are willing to push themselves, even if sometimes the records are a little bizarre, and sometimes even a little silly. Who really cares how many hard-boiled eggs a person can eat in a minute, when you get right down to it? Still, the fact that someone took time to practice and train themselves for this record setting is reason to show respect.
But some industries are more interesting than others when it comes to world records. The gambling industry, for example, has a number of world records, and although their isn’t an official organisation keeping track of gambling world records, there are still some utterly mind blowing records that exist. Let’s take a closer look at some of the craziest gambling world records held today.
Longest Time Dealing Blackjack
When it comes to gambling world records, one almost certainly starts thinking of the potential winning streaks players must have achieved in Bingo and every other game in between. And we will get there, have no fear. But what about the people responsible for running casinos?
Being a croupier is no easy task. There are very strict rules and regulations that need to be followed. After all, a casino all but falls apart if the croupiers aren’t extremely professional, and don’t make any mistakes. You would think this means that a croupier needs to take regular breaks, and you’d be right in that assumption. A croupier cannot, in fact, deal for more than an hour without taking a break, just to remain refreshed and alert.
So that’s why this first record is already something special. A man named Stephen De Raffaele decided he wanted his name to live on in infamy, and so got permission to try dealing blackjack for as long as he possibly could. He landed up dealing blackjack for an absolutely insane 51 hours and 33 minutes, taking a break only every 8 hours. And, most astonishing of all, he did so while making an absolute bare minimum of mistakes. That is one seriously dedicated dealer.
Longest Craps Roll
But if you think that’s impressive, wait until you hear about the longest craps roll in history. It all but defies belief. It did, however, really happen, and is testimony to the utterly absurd nature of odds. A lady named Patricia Demauro is the lucky soul who made it happen, and had played craps only once prior to her amazing streak of luck. Upon picking up the dice, this lucky lady managed a mind boggling 154 successful craps rolls consecutively. That’s 154 times she rolled the dice, without losing. If you’re wondering what the statistical odds are of that, it’s about 1 in 1,560,000,000,000. Impressed? You should be. No one has ever come close to beating this record.
Perhaps the most mind blowing part of the story is that the average player is lucky to achieve about 8 lucky rolls before losing, which should put things in perspective. There is no doubt that onlookers must have been utterly blown away by the spectacle. Imagine seeing such a thing unfold before your eyes? And just in case you’re wondering, yes the dice were checked, and no they were not loaded. It just so happens that sometimes the odds work out in bizarre ways. But then, if you know odds, you’ll know that it’s always a possibility.
Biggest Online slot Payout
What isn’t really known about the longest craps roll is how much Patricia earned in her crazy dice rolling extravaganza, which is a little disappointing. But that doesn’t mean we can’t gawk at another gambling big earner. In this case, the biggest online slot game winner in history, which occurred in Finland. It was a jackpot payout of $24 million, and was won with a bet of just 25c. Imagine dropping a quarter into a slot game, and having it instantly transform into millions, right before your eyes?
The name of the person who won the jackpot isn’t known, since they decided to stay anonymous, but one can’t help but assume that the Finnish person is on a beach somewhere, soaking up the sun and spending money like it’s going out of fashion.
Biggest Gambling Losses
But if there are big winners, there are also big losers, and in this case you wouldn’t want to be a man by the name of Harry Kakavas. According to rumours, the billionaire went on a gambling binge that lasted over a year, doing a fair amount of drinking and partying while he was at it. He claims he wasn’t in his right mind, and that casino staff encouraged him to gamble, which may or may not be true.
What is true is that at the end of his 14 month gambling binge he had lost a rather insane $1.5 billion. It’s almost enough to make your head spin.