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Briton Bets All on Vegas Roulette Spin -- and Wins

Sun Apr 11, 6:07 PM ET

 

By Wendy Urquhart

 

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - A British man who sold all his possessions, including his clothes, stood in a rented tuxedo on Sunday 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 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. "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 Britain's 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.

 

- credit reuters.

 

wow 1 word. BALLS.

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the man is an idiot.

 

 

does anyone have a spare room that i can use along with some clothes... apparently this doesnt always work :(

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it is sad when people get rewarded for stupidity.

The sad part is that in most of the American homes that heard that news people were giving that guy undeserved credit. Probably doing stuff like calling the guy a "Genius!" and saying, "I wish I had the balls!"

 

Wonder if that's happened where someone bet their life savings and lost and it never got reported? :mischief2

 

Although, I'm going to plug a book here and I don't know the title.... But it's the story of a couple of M.I.T. students who went to the tables with their mathematical foirmulas in their heads and beat the living snot out of the house. Then got kicked out of Vegas. I'll look for the title next time I go to OSU as it's on the "best-selling books on campus rack," along with Michael Moore's Stupid White Men and Fast Food America.

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it is sad when people get rewarded for stupidity.

The sad part is that in most of the American homes that heard that news people were giving that guy undeserved credit. Probably doing stuff like calling the guy a "Genius!" and saying, "I wish I had the balls!"

 

Wonder if that's happened where someone bet their life savings and lost and it never got reported? :mischief2

 

Although, I'm going to plug a book here and I don't know the title.... But it's the story of a couple of M.I.T. students who went to the tables with their mathematical foirmulas in their heads and beat the living snot out of the house. Then got kicked out of Vegas. I'll look for the title next time I go to OSU as it's on the "best-selling books on campus rack," along with Michael Moore's Stupid White Men and Fast Food America. Well if he would have lost I am sure that they would have reported it since I saw that they had stories before he bet it all saying that this was going to happen so they would probably do a follow up if he lost. I think that would make a more compelling story.

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it is sad when people get rewarded for stupidity.

The sad part is that in most of the American homes that heard that news people were giving that guy undeserved credit. Probably doing stuff like calling the guy a "Genius!" and saying, "I wish I had the balls!"

 

Wonder if that's happened where someone bet their life savings and lost and it never got reported? :mischief2

 

Although, I'm going to plug a book here and I don't know the title.... But it's the story of a couple of M.I.T. students who went to the tables with their mathematical foirmulas in their heads and beat the living snot out of the house. Then got kicked out of Vegas. I'll look for the title next time I go to OSU as it's on the "best-selling books on campus rack," along with Michael Moore's Stupid White Men and Fast Food America. Well if he would have lost I am sure that they would have reported it since I saw that they had stories before he bet it all saying that this was going to happen so they would probably do a follow up if he lost. I think that would make a more compelling story. Yeah, but he had to contact them, am I right?

 

If he DID contact the news he's smarter than I give him credit, because if he lost he'd make it up in advertising money when the Casino or some cooporation got behind the fact that this guy is a complete idiot.

 

Still, a fool.

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