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Old 04-12-2004, 08:56 PM   #1
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[q]Briton bets all on red - and wins
Mon Apr 12, 2:32 AM ET

By Wendy Urquhart

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A British man who sold all his possessions, including his clothes, stood in a rented tuxedo surrounded by family and friends and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.


He won't go home empty handed.


Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old Londoner, sold all his possessions in March, took $135,300 (74,000 pounds) 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 went wild, the ball bobbled over the slots and landed on Red '7' -- and Revell walked away with $270,600.


"It all happened so quickly, it was spinning before I knew it," Revell said, adding he did not intend to try to double it again. He gave a $600 tip to the croupier and plans to party -- and buy some clothes.


"It's really down to my friends and family and Mum and Dad," he told Reuters Television on Sunday. "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."


"It's just brilliant," said Ashley Hames, a friend from London in Las Vegas for the occasion. "He's put his neck on the line and got away with it. It's absolutely great."


"It bobbled for a second and I just thought, 'Oh no, it's not going to do it,'" said another friend, James Frederick. "But it did and I'm made up for him. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy."


Asked if he wanted to try his luck again, Revell said: "No that's it for me. I think he'd like me to do it again, but no that's it," gesturing to a casino host. "I don't want to ride my luck," he said as the champagne began to flow.


This week, the gambling spirits had seemed against him. He put in a week gambling about $3,000 in a bid to raise his pot.


By Wednesday, he was down $1,000.


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.


Revell said he had planned to have a friend videotape his bet-it-all spin, but Sky One television decided it was worth a short reality series, called "Double or Nothing."


Sky will not pay him, he says, but a crew from Dai4 Films has followed his preparations and covered the spin at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It also plans to follow him for a month afterward. [/q]
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I wonder how many imitators will follow.....
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there won't be any imitators. that article is misleading.

it was nothing more than a publicity stunt mixed with dumb luck. most casinos would never take such a bet, which is why it ended up at a smaller casino located in old downtown. most roulette wheels have maximum bet limits of ten thousand dollars if not a hell of a lot less. it wasn't exactly as if he sauntered up to a table and placed his chips on red. he needed approval from casino management in order to place that kind of bet.

from the las vegas review journal :

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For a while it looked like Ashley Revell's double-or-nothing bet had spun out of control.

His mother burst into tears after the 32-year-old gambler from London successfully bet everything he owned, a total of $135,300, on red at the Plaza on Sunday.

Seven-eleven turned into his lucky numbers: The roulette wheel came up on red 7 on April 11.

Late Saturday, the wager and accompanying live broadcast back to the United Kingdom were all but dead.

After being given 15 minutes to leave the Hard Rock Hotel when talks broke down, the downtrodden Sky TV crew rewrote the entire script and titled it "The Bet Las Vegas Wouldn't Take."

Calls went out to the new owners of the Plaza and others.

Phillip Flaherty, chief operating officer for Barrick Gaming Corp., the Plaza's new owner, said it took "all of minus-five seconds" to green light the deal.

"If I can't make marketing dollars out of this, I'm nuts," said Flaherty, who finalized the deal at 3:35 a.m. Sunday.

Flaherty said the game was on after the control board of the Nevada Gaming Commission was assured it would not be a live broadcast. Another concern, he said, was the Federal Wire Act, which bars the transmission of wagering information.

Revell said he decided to go with red at the last minute, saying he was influenced by fan polls in the United Kingdom that preferred the color.

Wearing a loaned jacket, Revell told a media gathering in a Plaza ballroom that he sold everything but an old pair of pants and a backup pair of underwear.

He said he'll spend part of the $270,600 on something for his mum and plunk down $10,000 to enter the World Series of Poker here next month.

i love that he's already planning on giving a chunk of it back.

and six hundred is a shitty tip.
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i would not snub my nose at a $600 tip though.
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you're right angie, six hundred is nothing to sniff at.

i agree.

but it doesn't all go to one person.
those tips are divided between the dealers.
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Wont he have to pay US tax on his gambling winnings?
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you're right angie, six hundred is nothing to sniff at.

i agree.

but it doesn't all go to one person.
those tips are divided between the dealers.
its also because i live on a planet which doesnt do tips. they're not expected, so any that people get is nothing but a huge bonus. but if you have say 100 dealers on a floor, its piss poor then, in this case.


can you tell me more about the land of las vegas and gambling please. here each machine has to pay the state govt, i think, around 80% of it's takings. they have a maximum pay percent, for example 15% and then the difference is profit for the club. so they really dont make anyone but bob carr a great deal of money. do your casinos have to pay whopping taxes too? and then the winner pays some as well? you then give people free alcohol in order to ply them so they gamble more. you also have pretty lights. so many lights.
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I went to Dover Downs on saturday and gambled on slots for the first time....I lost all the $50 that I played lmao (I lost more money in the nickel machine than in the quarter cos I didn't understand it )
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[q]Briton bets all on red - and wins
Mon Apr 12, 2:32 AM ET

By Wendy Urquhart

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A British man who sold all his possessions, including his clothes, stood in a rented tuxedo surrounded by family and friends and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.


He won't go home empty handed.


Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old Londoner, sold all his possessions in March, took $135,300 (74,000 pounds) 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 went wild, the ball bobbled over the slots and landed on Red '7' -- and Revell walked away with $270,600.


"It all happened so quickly, it was spinning before I knew it," Revell said, adding he did not intend to try to double it again. He gave a $600 tip to the croupier and plans to party -- and buy some clothes.


"It's really down to my friends and family and Mum and Dad," he told Reuters Television on Sunday. "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."


"It's just brilliant," said Ashley Hames, a friend from London in Las Vegas for the occasion. "He's put his neck on the line and got away with it. It's absolutely great."


"It bobbled for a second and I just thought, 'Oh no, it's not going to do it,'" said another friend, James Frederick. "But it did and I'm made up for him. It couldn't happen to a nicer guy."


Asked if he wanted to try his luck again, Revell said: "No that's it for me. I think he'd like me to do it again, but no that's it," gesturing to a casino host. "I don't want to ride my luck," he said as the champagne began to flow.


This week, the gambling spirits had seemed against him. He put in a week gambling about $3,000 in a bid to raise his pot.


By Wednesday, he was down $1,000.


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.


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Revell said he had planned to have a friend videotape his bet-it-all spin, but Sky One television decided it was worth a short reality series, called "Double or Nothing."


Sky will not pay him, he says, but a crew from Dai4 Films has followed his preparations and covered the spin at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It also plans to follow him for a month afterward. [/q]

What a goober!
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We only have the 2p and 10p machines here
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lol I the 2p machines. I once went to the American Adventure (crappy theme park near me) when I was about 12 and managed to spend 40 in the 2p machines.

I was gutted it was all my money in the whole world

My mum was not pleased with me
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Wont he have to pay US tax on his gambling winnings?
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He may have lost after all
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