Many players like to find out about the biggest wins of other gamblers because it has a motivational effect on them. The game looks completely different when we know that we have the opportunity to win up to several million euros .

However, not everyone remembers that such cases do not happen very often. In order to bring some to the ground, we 've also included information on the biggest losers in our article to show players that such cases, unfortunately, also happen. Below you will learn the gambling stories of a few people who were very lucky on a given day and those who unfortunately met unlucky on their way. So we invite you to read.


We'll start with the biggest wins as this is a much more positive story than the losers. There were a few big wins in casinos , even today players draw their jackpots , which sometimes reach really high amounts. So get to know a few people to whom luck has smiled. Play online at a trusted Uptown Pokies Casino and win.

An anonymous 25-year-old

The biggest jackpot in the world belongs to an anonymous 25-year-old who won as much as $ 40 million in one of the Los Angeles casinos. He has just smashed the jackpot and his win is considered to be the casino's biggest single payout. This victory was won in 2003.

Archie Karas

Archie Karas is a very interesting person who also managed to get $ 40 million . His success, however, did not happen overnight. Archie worked on it for three years from 1992 to 1995. Unlike the person in the first place, however, Archie Karas is a tragic figure as it took him a year to lose all his casino money, and then he was thrown in jail for card fraud. We do not recommend taking an example from this player because as you can see, he did not enjoy the win for too long.

Cynthia Jay Brennan

In 2000, a waitress from Las Vegas, who also tried her hand at one of the casinos, was lucky. She hit the jackpot, which turned out to be a sum of up to 35 million dollars . Unfortunately, Cynthia didn't have much time to enjoy her win as she was paralyzed in a car accident a few weeks after winning.

Elmer Sherwin

Elmer Sherwin is one of the most interesting people in gambling, and his attitude confirms that it's worth waiting for your success and not giving up. Elmer started playing casinos at the age of 17 but has not won any significant sums for many years. That changed when, at the age of 76, Elmer and his wife showed up at the opening of the new casino . Elmer was sure it was going to be a normal day as he spent $ 100 and lost all of it. However, something struck him and he decided to borrow $ 20 from his wife.

This amount triggered a jackpot worth over $ 4.5 million . The story might have ended here had it not been for the fact that Elmer had not stopped gambling and hit the jackpot again at 92, this time worth $ 21 million. Most of this money was sent by him to help those affected by the hurricane, and Elmer himself died a year later.

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari had all his hopes in poker, which is his passion. He played for several years and eventually took part in one of the most famous poker tournaments called the World Series of Poker, which takes place in Las Vegas. Antonio surprised everyone and even himself by taking first place and thus earning over $ 17 million.


In 2017, a Finnish player won over $ 17 million in an online casino playing real money casino games at Mega Fortune . This is by far the highest online win ever recorded in the Guinness Book of Records.

An anonymous winner

It is also worth mentioning our compatriot who, like Antonio, took part in a poker tournament. However, the European Poker Tour is a bit less popular, so thewinner took 2 million zlotys , which is a very high amount anyway. It was won at Casinos at the Hyatt Hotel in 2009.



It's hard to admit it, but the losses in casinos are as high as the winnings. Fortunately, there aren't many people who can tell you about very big losers. To avoid these, it's best to place bets that you can always cover. Below you will find a few people who are unfortunately not lucky.

Terrence Watanabe

The story of Terrenca Watanabe is known to many people as he has made history due to his high losses. He was a very talented businessman and millionaire until he started gambling. He started to put in really high stakes and lost $ 21 million first and then $ 127 million due to little knowledge of how gambling works . Such large sums made Watanabe run into quite serious debts. Fortunately, he managed to come to an agreement with the casinos. Some believe the waiters specifically added stimulants to his drinks to make him spend more, but we can't figure out what the real thing was.

Harry Kakavas

Harry Kakavas is a former Australian millionaire. Unfortunately, Harry fell into a very severe addiction, which caused him to lose at least $ 11 million. Some people believe the real data confirms the 1 billion loss, but we cannot be sure about that. After a break and paying off his debts, unfortunately Harry returned to his addiction and lost even more. It turned out that the casino took advantage of the fact that Kakavas had a problem and, instead of taking him away from the game, allowed him to lose a fortune.

Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley is a famous basketball player who has an apparent addiction problem. He himself confessed to losing over $ 10 million in casinos, as well as $ 2.5 million in a single round of blackjack . However, like a typical addicted gamer , Charles sees no problem whatsoever. It's possible that this is true because his basketball payoff is very high.

An anonymous loser

We also have an example from our backyard. In 2013, one of the players lost about $ 11,000 . It may not be a very large amount, but what the player did after the loss is very interesting. He reported to the police to inform about the theft. Of course, the application was not accepted, and the player himself was fined for making false statements.