The most Successful Gamblers: Gambling is centuries old and even then there were many well-known gamblers that we still know today. For example, King Charles II or Queen Marie-Antoinette, Giacomo Casanova, Claude Monet, and the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky were all self-confessed gambling lovers. The book “The Gambler” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is not fictitious. The story is based on his own experiences. The love of gambling is said to have regularly provided him with material for his works. Of course, these celebrities didn’t become well-known through gambling, but they were self-confessed gambling lovers.
Most Successful Gamblers millionaires
Of course, there are not only well-known artists and scientists who liked to gamble, but there are also players who pursued their hobby out of their love of gambling and have become the most successful and richest gamblers. Casinos have been booming for years, whether live or online. Of course, player prominence often cannot be compared because there are so many different categories in the gambling world. It’s hard to say who is THE most famous player.
We have written down some well-known most Successful Gamblers for you.
Doyle Brunson (*1933) is one of the best-known poker players and is considered the greatest poker legend of all time. In 1980, he became the first player to win more than $1 million from live poker tournaments. He has ten bracelets at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) in Las Vegas, two of which he won in the Main Event. Poker pros Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey have also won 10 tournaments at the event. In 2018, Doyle Brunson retired from poker after 60 years.
Phil Hellmuth (*1964) is also an American poker player. He is not only one of the most successful poker players but also one of the most popular. He has won a total of 15 bracelets at the World Series of Poker so far, more than anyone else. All in all, Phil Hellmuth has won 25 million US dollars in live tournaments so far.
Other successful poker pros include Daniel Negreanu, Chris Ferguson, Antonio Esfandiari, Stu Unger, and many more, the list goes on. In 2019 the 50th WSOP was played and poker journalists published a list of the top 50 players in poker history, including two German players Fedor Holz and Dominik Nitsche.
Phil Ivey is also on the list of the 50 greatest poker players in history. He reportedly started playing poker at the age of 8 and turned pro by the age of 20. In addition to his numerous live poker wins, he also has a few wins at online poker. He won around $20 million playing online poker.
Zeljko Ranogajec (*1961) is an Australian gambler who initially won a lot of money counting cards at blackjack.
He studied commerce and law and teamed up with a good friend, a mathematician. They have cleared up a lot with card counting in many casinos. They were then expelled from the casinos in many places if they were caught and moved on to the next big casinos in the world. Counting cards is not prohibited by law, but it is frowned upon in casinos. However, he also devoted himself to other games of chance, for example in 1994 he won a US$ 7.5 million jackpot in keno. Nonetheless, Ranogajec became a blackjack legend and was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2011. After being very unpopular in the casinos, Ranogajec decided to turn his focus to horse racing. He now has a whole team supporting him. These include, for example, mathematicians, Vets, data analysts, and people who watch all horse races and report to him. Bets are only placed on races if the prize pool pays off financially.
Bill Benter (*1957) is a math genius with a degree in physics and, like Zeljko Ranogajec, has demonstrated his blackjack card counting skills. He too was banned from the casinos and then moved to Asia, where he developed the first software with an assistant for gambling. The formula was intended to help predict the outcome of horse races. Bill Benter is believed to make around $100 million a year from it. Bill Benter’s net worth is estimated at about $1 billion. His colleague Alan Woods, who initially worked with him on the software, eventually decided to work with Zeljko Ranogajec in Malia and let Bill continue to work on the software alone in Asia.
Billy Walters (*1946) is also one of the most Successful Gamblers. His fortune is estimated at around $500 million. For example, in 2010 he won $3.5 million for betting correctly on the Super Bowl. But that wasn’t his only million-dollar win.
Even as a small boy, he preferred to spend his free time in billiard halls and bet while his friends were romping around on the soccer field. In the 1980’s he moved to Las Vegas where gambling was legal and began betting professionally. He started his own business and sent his employees to the airport in the mornings to get the city’s newspapers. He also became part of the first serious computer betting cartel, The Computer Group, which revolutionized sports betting in the 1980s by providing all the data they gathered into a digital database. The group had made so much money from it that authorities were convinced they were running an illegal bookmaking operation. It took a long time for Walters to find the systems that were most suitable for his missions.
“Unknown” casino millionaires in recent years
Every player’s heart dreams of clearing the multi-million dollar jackpot and cashing in the millions. There are always unknown players who win the big jackpot in the casino, whether live or online, that you don’t notice. For example, at the beginning of 2017, a man in a Swiss casino during his lunch break managed to win over three million Swiss francs on a slot machine after a few minutes. At the end of 2016, a German family man managed to win 1.1 million euros in the popular “Mega Million” slot at Casino Austria in Salzburg. Three months earlier, a player from Graz also won a million on this slot machine. This was the third player in 2016 to become a millionaire through the popular slot machine. However, Mega Million cannot be played in Germany. In 2020, however, there were 7 gamblers in Germany who became millionaires in one fell swoop. Through the slot machines Major Millions and Mega Moolah the players managed to hit the jackpot. One winner even achieved 4 million euros in one fell swoop. There have also been lucky winners online who have won up to three million euros with jackpot machines.
The casinos are booming and more and more people are lining up at the tables and slots. It is therefore not surprising that the casino operators report new record sales every year. As the number of winners continues to increase, not every new millionaire is reported and many choose to remain anonymous.
Lotto winners in recent years
Since the first Lotto 6 out of 49 draws in 1955, the record sum that a single person in Germany has won is 42.6 million euros. The player from Baden-Württemberg won the sum in October 2020. You can see the highest Lotto 6 out of 49 winning sums.