Throughout history we hear of famous people, rich people and living saints so often that they become a real role model for us and how we want to lead our lives. But, behind every grand figure there is a simple story. With this article we are going to shed some light on the lives of a few incredibly famous and wealthy gamblers.
First on the list is Archie Karas. This Greek-American is world-famous for winning and losing incredible amounts of cash. He is actually considered by many to be the greatest gambler of all time. When you’re able to turn a $50 starting bet into $40 million in just a few years, between 1992 and 1995, then it makes sense that people will look up to you and be in awe.
Archie’s story is what many consider to be the ever-elusive American Dream. He ran away at the tender age of 15 and after working on a ship settled in America where he worked at a restaurant. He played pool for money until there was no one good enough to play against. He transferred his skills into Poker and soon became an unstoppable force.
The amazing plot-turner is that, after amassing a $2 million bankroll he was left with only $50 at the start of 1992. Skipping from pool to poker and then dice games he manages to regain his best player status and of course his fortune. It was the same poker, baccarat, and dice games that brought on his demise as he lost everything in very short period of time. He now gambles for fun.
Although he died in 1974 at the age of 81, having lived way before most of our generation was born, Titanic Thompson’s story will remain inscribed into history books for all time. He was not famed for being quite a fair-gambler and used to hustle for bets that he made-up himself, most of the times taking home the win.
Last but not least, we decided to really go way back to the time of King Henry the VIII-th. Dear Henry was a famed lover of gambling and some say he even lost the church bells of St. Paul’s Church in a bet. Aside from being an avid dice and card game bettor, he also played a bunch of other unconventional games that assured his place among world illustrious gamblers.