Odd spot

Calculated risk

March 2004

Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old Londoner, sold all his possessions to raise $135,300 to take to the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, did some low stakes gambling and then placed everything he had left on Red.

The wheel was spun, a crowd of supporters including his Mum and Dad from London watched in fascination, the ball bobbled over the slots and landed on Red 7, doubling Revell's net worth to $270,600.

Revell said he did not intend to try to double it again. He gave a $US600 tip to the croupier and said that he plans to party and buy some clothes. "It's really down to my friends and family and Mum and Dad," he told Reuters Television. "I knew even if I lost I'd always have a home to go to."

"I'm still against it," said his dad. "He shouldn't have done it. He's a naughty boy. I tell my kids they shouldn't gamble. I've got four others and they're all going to want to go the same way."

Revell, recently a professional gambler, said he decided to take a big plunge while he was still young and had raised the stakes as high as possible, including selling his clothes. "I like to do things properly," he said.

Smartgambler speculates that the gamble may have been fairly well thought out despite the apparent stupidity of playing on an American roulette wheel with a double zero. The proceeds from selling his story to the British tabloid press would probably exceed the amount risked.

The happiest victim of theft ever!

August 2002

By Drew Cullen

A Cheltenham woman who had her debit card stolen was dubbed the 'happiest victim of theft ever' after the thief used her card to bet on two horse races.

The horses romped home and the winnings were placed by Ladbrokes directly into her account. Debit card owner Jacqueline Boanson checked her bank statement upon finding her card was stolen, and discovered that the balance had increased by £291.40.

The thief Andrew Cameron ended up in court. He was placed on probation for 12 months.

Long odds

January 2001

Scottish mother Sheryl Craig has placed a 10 bet with odds of 100,000 to 1 that her son Robert will be a star football player and be on Scotland's winning World Cup team when he is older. The optimistic mother will win over one million pounds if her predictions come true.

Mrs. Craig originally placed a bet at odds of 1,000 to 1 that her son would one day win a senior international cup for Scotland. The bookmaker then gave her odds on a second accumulator bet that Robert would be part of a World Cup winning side.

Mrs. Craig said, "He's got a great attitude towards football and I just got a feeling he had something, and when I get a feeling I usually act on it."

William Hill said the odds on Scotland winning the next World Cup final were 200/1. A spokesperson for the bookmaker said, "The bet is for more than we usually pay out. But we have made an exception for Mrs. Craig because it seemed like a good way of celebrating the start of the football season."




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