The Biggest Gambling Bets of All Time
Talk about a gamble! In 2004, a U.K. man named Ashley Revell participated in a reality show called Double or Nothing. Revell agreed to sell all of his assets and possessions and bet the money on a single spin of the roulette wheel. In a Las Vegas casino with all of his friends and family looking on, Revell bet $135,000 on red and won, doubling his money.
Professional poker player Erick Lindgren probably never would have guessed that one of his biggest wins would happen on the golf green, but that’s exactly what happened when he won a $300,000 bet with his buddies. Lindgren’s friends bet that he couldn’t shoot under 100 on four rounds of golf at one of the hardest courses in Vegas.
Easy right? Except that he also had to do it on foot, while carrying his own bag, in 108-degree heat. Oh, and did we mention that he had to do it from the trees? Amazingly, Lindgren accepted their challenge and succeeded. If he ever gets sick of poker, he could probably make a living as a golf pro.
Considered to be one of the top sports betters in the world, Billy Walters of Kentucky has been winning big in Las Vegas for the past 30 years and has amassed a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars. No wonder he had no qualms about throwing down a $3.5 million bet on the 2010 Super Bowl. Walters boldly put his money on the underdogs, the New Orleans Saints who were facing off against the Indianapolis Colts. To nearly everyone’s surprise, the Saints took home the ring and Walters took home a major paycheck.