Red or Black? Betting your house on a spin of the roulette wheel

For many an occasional roulette player, a big bet might be $100 or even less. But for Englishman Ashley Revell it meant selling his house, his car and the rest of his worldly possessions to place a red or black bet of $135,300 on a single spin of the roulette wheel at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The father of four was taking one heck of a risk, of course, not least because he (perhaps stupidly) opted for American roulette which has two zeros as opposed to the single zero of the European version. As such his chances of success were 47.3% rather than the slightly better 48.6% he would have had at European roulette. I don’t know about you, but if I were to bet everything I owned on a single spin, I’d want to stack the odds as far in my favor as possible!

Still, the plucky player – who was aged 32 at the time – went all in on red, and, with his family and friends watching on nervously, awaited his fate. This is what happened:

So while gambling certainly doesn’t pay for everyone, Ashley got the biggest payday of his life as the bouncing ball came to rest on red seven (which will no doubt be his lucky number for life!) and doubled his money to a staggering $270,600… not bad for less than a minute’s work!

Of course, we would never advocate selling everything you own and risking it on the spin of the roulette wheel, and things could have gone very differently for the man from Kent, England – the relief and joy on his face (and the faces of his family members) was quite apparent when the ball came to rest on a red number.

But with a little patience and a sensible approach to playing roulette, there is no reason why you couldn’t make a decent profit from this most endearing of casino games, especially if you take advantage of some of the massive bonuses to be found at the best online casinos.

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