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I hit the Strip a bit before noon and go straight to the table. An unknown man sits down to my left in spot 5. The steamer gets a pair of aces, I get two small cards, and the dealer has a 5 up. Send a private message to lew They did and I never played there again. Later, I figure out that this is a one-in-a-million phenomenon in an honest, random game.

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In , Frederick W. This is something that, at that time, had never been done. Unfortunately, three years after the company began, thanks largely to rapidly rising fuel costs, Federal Express was on the verge of bankruptcy. Without the funds for the fuel companies, we couldn't have flown anyway. It turns out that a few days more was all he needed. In , Jessica Agbunag, a baby sitter who graduated from high school six years ago, was in Las Vegas with her boyfriend and family in remembrance of her grandmother's birthday.

Her grandmother was a frequent visitor to Las Vegas who loved slot machines. At first, the Wheel of Fortune machines were good to Agbunag. Twice, she won much smaller amounts earlier that week at the same casino. In , it was reported in a myriad of casino websites and blogs that Aashish Nanak, an eight year-old boy from Chandigrah, India, won half of a million dollars 22,, Allegedly, the eight year old boy is a computer genius who was first introduced to computers at the age of three.

He started building webpages at four and by the age of six he was already interested in online poker. When he won half of a million dollars, Aashish was using his uncle's account. According to the information, the poker room ended up refusing to pay out the winnings considering the age of the boy.

The poker website, which aims to remain anonymous, blocked his account. The boy's family and the poker room ended up in a legal battle in front of a New Delhi court. A single man, gambler Don Johnson , performed even better than the MIT team during a six-month period in Instead he negotiated special rules with the casino to get an edge, so he would simply grab more winnings the more he played.

First, he sought out casinos with favorable house rules. He played at tables with an optimal number of decks. His tables let him spilt any favorable hand into up to four separate hands—many casinos allow only one split and may ban splitting aces at all. He picked dealers who stopped drawing when their hand totaled 17 but included an Ace—this increased the chance that his hand would beat theirs. And he stuck to tables where he could, on any hand, double his bet; some casinos restrict this to when your hand totals 9, 10, or But the big factor that gave Johnson the edge was a guaranteed payback.

Paybacks refund part of your bet when you lose. Some casinos offer high-rollers percent paybacks to lure them in. Johnson negotiated a massive percent payback. Johnson claims that his money is no longer welcome in Atlantic City or in most casinos in Las Vegas. Most grandparents think the world of their grandchildren, but not many are willing to put their money where their mouths are.

Peter Edwards must have seen something in the way his three-year-old grandson drooled because he thought the wee one would be a football star. The wagering house gave him The Welsh surprised Belgium with a 1—1 tie , but no one was more stunned than the bookmakers.

Late in the second half, year-old Harry Wilson made his debut. He was the youngest person to represent Wales in national play. In , David Threlfall wrote to respected British wagering company William Hill, asking for odds that a man would walk on the Moon within seven years. Representatives offered him astonishing odds—1, Just a few people had been into space, and hitting a rock and walking on it still seemed farfetched. The exact wager was: Folks flocked to William Hill to get in on the action.

We did land on the Moon. Threlfall was in a television studio watching Armstrong live as the astronaut planted his footprint all those miles away. His real claim to fame, though, was his unorthodox bets. As with a lot of gamblers, some are tales that are a bit tall, much like Slim himself, but there is one undeniable wager: My guess it is well into 8 digits.

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