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biggest casino wins in history

Call it luck or recklessness, or a combination of both, but some people risk large sums of money on the off chance of an enormous win. And it does happen, with some paydays so ridiculously huge they are life changing, turning ordinary people into millionaires in a matter of hours.

Some of the luckiest casino wins of all time have happened to ordinary people, many of them down on their luck. But luck always has a way of surprising everyone, although higher payouts do tend to come from the larger bets.

Here are 12 stories about some of the biggest casino winners of all time…

 

Known as the “king of the casinos,” Archie Karas famously turned $50 into $40 million. Karas worked as a waiter until he learned about pool hustling, where he amassed serious wealth — to the tune of $1 million. Never afraid of losing, he would bet, in a single throw of the dice, what many gamblers might earn in a lifetime. While playing high-stakes card games in Los Angeles, he won plenty of money and was also completely broke on numerous occasions.

It was in December 1992 that Archie began what many consider the greatest hot streak in the history of gambling. He had just lost $2 million during a Los Angeles high-stakes poker game, so he only had $50 to spare. But it was all he needed to start winning big.

Karas began in Binion’s Horseshoe casino where a friend spotted him $10,000 to play high-stakes Razz, a game in which the lowest hand wins. He went head-to-head with 15 of the world’s greatest poker players, including Stu Unger, Chip Reese, Johnny Chan and Puggy Pearson.

He won millions at poker before winning millions more at craps, eventually coming into possession of the Horsehoe’s $5,000 chips — worth $11 million. By the time his run ended, he had won $17 million playing craps and poker at the Horseshoe. Incidentally, he was able to repay the $10,000 loan with 50% interest.

His winning streak continued for over two years, until he had amassed $40 million. He was able to turn $7 million into $17 million by besting some of the best poker players in Vegas at seven-card stud.

He also earned over a million dollars playing nine-ball pool. Even the occasional losing streak was not enough to keep him from winning far more than he lost.

His winning streak, however, did eventually come to an end over a three-week period in 1995, where he lost $11 million playing craps. He also lost $17 million at baccarat and another $2 million at poker. He soon lost the remainder of his $40 million — although he was eventually able to borrow $40,000 to win back $1 million.

Archie’s luck may have ran out in spectacular fashion, but his phenomenal winning streak remains the stuff of legend, and it is proof that anything is possible in gambling.

In 1989, a man won $4.6 million on a Megabucks slot machine at the Cannery Casino & Hotel in Vegas. His name was Elmer Sherwin, and he beat the odds, not once but twice, on the same slot machine. Some people consider certain machines lucky.

After Sherwin won his $4.6 million, he continued playing the same machine until he eventually won $2.1 million in 2005 at the age of 92, despite the odds of winning being estimated at one in fifty million.

Sherwin said he had been a fan of Megabucks for a long time. He believed it would pay off eventually, and that belief sustained him for years until his second win confirmed his instincts. It took 16 years playing the slot machine to duplicate his original feat.

Sherwin’s first win came on the casino’s opening night, leading to speculation about how big wins occur on opening nights. But as everyone attempts to explain what cannot be explained, a mythology arises. People may wonder how to duplicate Sherwin’s feat of superhuman luck, but so far, he remains the big winner — twice over.

There are other big winners of Megabucks slots, including a retired flight attendant who risked $300 in 1998 and won $27.5 million. Such wins may be rare, but they do happen from time to time.

The honor of winning the largest online gambling payout belongs to a Norwegian gambler by the name of Peter. It may not be his real name, but that is not what is important.

What matters is that he became an online casino winner by playing a progressive jackpot slot called Arabian Knights — and it was the fruit slot machine that made his surprise win possible. His winning streak netted him 11.7 million Euros, which translated to 38 million Norwegian Krone.

Peter played at the Betsson online casino which features the slogan, “Anything can happen.” Peter may have taken that to heart, and it was a good thing he did….

Mike Ashley, multi-billionaire owner of the Newcastle United Football Club, was already famous when he won 1.6 million pounds in the span of three hours at a roulette table in a London casino. His lucky number was 17, and his method of betting focused on every possible combination of that number.

As luck would have it, the roulette ball dropped into the 17 slot, converting his initial 480,000 pounds to three times that amount. Ashley retrieved his winnings and called it a day.

The odds of hitting 17 were high. But Ashley must have known that even a lucky number rarely strikes twice in a row. Then again, stranger things have happened. Although in 2011, Ashley lost one million pounds in the span of two hours. Easy come, easy go.

Sean Connery, aka super spy James Bond, also had tremendous luck betting on the number 17. While at a casino in the Italian Alps, in true Bond fashion, Connery put his money on 17. He missed the first two times, but on the third spin, the ball found 17. Leaving his winnings there, the croupier spun the wheel.

Surprisingly, the ball found the 17 slot again. What may have been even more surprising, or perhaps insane, was the fact that Connery once again left his winnings in place. Miraculously, the 17 came up a third time in a row, against odds of 50,000 to 1.

In Bond fashion, Connery coolly collected his winnings of 10,000 pounds, which in today’s market could very well be worth 163,000 pounds.

Curiously, there was a time when “17” was one of the most commonly played numbers in roulette. Not only did Connery win big on the number 17 in 1963, but he did the same in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever.

Although some have won fortunes on the number 17, it does not mean the rest of us will have the same good fortune with that number. If we have lucky numbers, the challenge is in figuring them out, and they do not always come neatly wrapped in fortune cookies.

 

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Jackpot Slots – The best Casino’s to find them…

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Hall of Gods MegaNet Ent£4,322,646Play
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Joker MillionsYggdrasil£2,798,862Play
Mega Fortune DreamsNet Ent£2,715,207Play
Aztec’s MillionsRTG£2,759,929Play
Shopping SpreeRTG → Slots.lv£2,759,929Play
Mega Fortune MegaNet Ent£2,010,387Play

Overdue jackpots: fact or fiction?

You may have seen some casinos that display indicators that look like thermometers that are supposed to tell you which jackpot games are due for a big hit, or casinos publicising that their jackpots are “overdue”. The reality is that these indicators are complete and utter rubbish.

These thermometers play on the well known gambler’s fallacy that past results have a bearing on future results. Any time you hear someone say something like “that roulette wheel has spun 7 reds in a row, the next spin has to be black” you’re hearing the gambler’s fallacy in effect.

The reality is that each and every spin of the reels, deal of the cards, or spin of the roulette wheel has exactly the same chance of winning the progressive jackpot, regardless of how long it is or how high the jackpot has risen since the last win. It is even possible, though extremely unlikely, for a progressive jackpot to be won twice on consecutive spins.

So why do we keep track of things like the average win size, and average time between wins if they don’t indicate whether a jackpot is overdue? There are a number of reasons, aside from the fact that it is simply very interesting information. Our statistics can help you to choose a game that will maximise your expected payoff should you win. The higher the jackpot is, the lower the casino’s advantage over you as a player and it is even possible that a jackpot can rise to the point where it grants the advantage to the player.

In fact, we identify jackpots with known break-even amounts and their current RTP values here. Some jackpots that we track have separate values depending on which casino you play at, so looking at the average win values and times can give you an indication of not only which casino has the biggest value currently, but which one rises the quickest and has the most players contributing.

Progressive jackpot payout policies

One of the most important things to look out for when playing progressive games is the casino’s payout policy. There are many casinos that limit the amount that they will pay out to winners in a calendar month. For example, the casino’s terms may say something like “the maximum a player may withdraw in one month is £9999 or equivalent currency”.

Some of these casinos will follow that up with “This limit does not apply to progressive jackpot winnings” and that is the right thing to do. Unfortunately many do not. And I don’t know about you, but I would be livid if I won several million dollars only to find out after that the casino was going to drip feed me for the next couple of decades, assuming they stay in business that long and don’t disappear with my money.

Think it can’t happen? Think again, because it already has. We analyse the T&Cs of each and every casino we review to try to ascertain the casino’s policy in such cases, and we make it a point to try to publicise any hidden traps that we find.

Top 20 progressive jackpot wins

Where possible we have tried to verify the win and if so we have linked the winning jackpot amount to an article about the win and the lucky winner. To read more detailed information about any of the jackpots including recent win history, jackpot graph, screenshots and more, simply click the jackpot name to visit the tracker page for each individual jackpot. Note that you can change the sorting of the list by clicking on the column headers.

gbRankJackpotWin time & infoValuePlay
Yes1Mega Fortune Mega20 January 2013, 14:29 UTC

Anon at Paf Casino
€17,860,868Play
Yes2Mega Moolah Mega6 October 2015, 23:11 UTC

Jon Heywood at Betway
£13,212,882Play
Yes3Mega Fortune Mega23 September 2011, 23:29 UTC

Anon at Betsson Casino
€11,735,446Play
Yes4Mega Moolah Mega5 November 2016, 19:55 UTC

Marcus Goodwin at YakoCasino
$11,633,898Play
Yes5Mega Moolah Mega28 August 2016, 20:40 UTC

D.P. at Zodiac Casino
$11,609,942Play
Yes7Mega Moolah Mega8 April 2016, 12:25 UTC

Anon at Spin Palace Casino
$10,423,223Play
No10Arabian Nights

→ Paf
23 November 2012, 15:44 UTC

Anon at Paf Casino
€8,635,872Play
Yes9Mega Moolah Mega17 June 2016, 13:55 UTC

Rawiri Pou at Casinoland
$10,143,123Play
Yes11Mega Fortune Mega28 November 2015, 00:44 UTC

Alexander at Folkeautomaten
€8,577,104Play
Yes12Mega Moolah Mega14 March 2017, 23:55 UTC

C.F. at Zodiac Casino
$9,572,528Play
Yes13Mega Moolah Mega25 April 2017, 07:25 UTC

Anon at Tipico
€8,011,567Play
Yes14Hall of Gods Mega18 April 2015, 22:29 UTC

Anon at Betsson Casino
€7,820,888Play
Yes15Hall of Gods Mega8 February 2012, 13:14 UTC

L.G. at Unibet Casino
€7,673,975Play
Yes16Hall of Gods Mega3 December 2015, 16:59 UTC

Anon at Betsson Casino
€7,530,141Play
Yes17Hall of Gods Mega15 June 2017, 09:55 UTC

noAnon at ComeOn Casino
€7,525,467Play
Yes18Mega Fortune Mega15 December 2016, 07:55 UTC

gbWellzyc at bgo Casino
€7,437,182Play
Yes19Hall of Gods Mega28 October 2016, 20:25 UTC€7,436,734Play
Yes20Hall of Gods Mega23 October 2012, 08:29 UTC

Anon at Betsson Casino
€7,361,478Play
Yes6Mega Moolah Mega16 January 2017, 12:40 UTC

N.C. at Captain Cooks
£8,453,122Play
Yes8Mega Moolah Mega25 September 2017, 21:25 UTC£7,739,268Play

Although much younger than their physical predecessors, online slots games have developed a huge and devoted following, comprised of a mixture of people of different ages, from different parts of the world, and from different social strata.

The experience games of this kind offer is indeed very singular, very specific. Slots can be defined as representatives of a separate form of art, a product of a person’s, most often a group of persons’ immense artfulness, cleverness, and creativity. Every single online slots game is a successful combination of color, sound, complex mechanisms, and software intricacies that ensures its attractiveness to players.

The above formula is what has defined the popularity of online slots and what has been fueling players’ appetite for casino experience of this kind. Indeed, the great uncertainty the action of pressing the spin button evokes, the anticipation of what each and every spin could bring, the chance (no matter how slim) of winning a life-changing sum create an indescribable and unmatched tickling feeling of adrenaline surge that many find difficult to resist.

We are well into 2017 and we can absolutely say that it has been a lucky year so far with more than 30 seven-figure jackpots being cracked so far. While offering more comprehensive information about each and every lucky player to have won a much-desired life-changing sum would take way too much time, we can at least pay a bit more attention to several of the biggest online casino jackpots to have been taken down since the beginning of the year.

Mega Moolah

Microgaming’s progressive slot game has turned into one of the brightest representatives of the online slots sector. Multiple lucky players from different corners of the world have tasted the sweet bite of hitting a seven- and even eight-figure jackpots on Mega Moolah.

This year, several players have become millionaires by playing one of the longest running progressive online slot games. On April 25, a Tipico casino player hit what turned out to be the largest-ever mobile jackpot. The lucky one scored a €8,012,153.35 win.

Just a month before that a Zodiac player hit Mega Moolah’s jackpot to win €6,681,487. They, too, played on their mobile device. On January 16, when the Mega Moolah jackpot stood at €6,078,249.33, a lucky player at Captain Cook’s Casino took advantage of a special promotion, a promotion that brought him a seven-figure piece of luck.

Mega Fortune Dreams

NetEnt’s Mega Fortune Dreams has long been another player favorite. On July 2, a LeoVegas casino customer played the game, not knowing that they will very soon become €5,505,272 richer.

It is interesting to note that late last year, a bgo casino player cracked the Mega Fortune Dreams jackpot with a £1.25 bet. The player saw a €7,437,199.55 windfall in exchange for that minuscule bet.

Hall of Gods

Thor, Odin, Loki, and the rest of the Nordic Gods featured in NetEnt’s Hall of Gods game helped a Norwegian player scoop a €7,525,932.97 jackpot on June 15. The win took place on the Folkeautomaten website.

The Hall of Gods slot has paid out over €57 million for the past five years. Last year only, lucky players scooped a total of €20.5 million from the game.

 

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Girls with Guns slot review – free spins

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The wonderful Girls With Guns – Jungle Heat free slot machine game has three rows and five reels. Play this casino slot by Microgaming online, watch the secret operation and get your rewards.

Let’s see what fascinating features are available in this slot game. The free spins feature is available here like in many free slots online games with bonus game. 15 free spins are launched with the help of three or more Scatter symbols appeared at any place on the reels. Any reel can be turned into the Wild reel on each during the feature.

You will be given 15 additional spins providing that three or more Scatters come around on the screen during the free spins. Girls With Guns logo performs the function of the Stacked Wild symbol. The Special Wild symbol may occur on the central reel only to cover the whole reel turning it into the Wild.

It appears during the main game only. All kinds of Wild symbols substitute for almost all game symbols. The Scatter symbol is the only one which can’t be replaced.

The girls’ squad got the assignment to find and capture drug king Hector Morales in the jungles of Latin America. So Katherine, Maria, Kira, Alex, Zoe and Jess pack their stuff and travel to the jungles in search for the infamous villain. The game has spectacular appearance.

All the symbols are greatly drawn and animated. The Wild reels will introduce all the girls’ squad one by one. During the game plays the greatly composed action music.

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