Three Of The Luckiest Bettors In History

It’s fair to say that there are many people out there who believe in luck. Whether it’s from superstitions which help them avoid bad luck, or from wearing lucky pants, there’s normally something that people believe helps them in whatever they’re doing.

When you head to a casino, whether it’s online or a brick and mortar casino, luck can be the difference between walking home empty handed or with bucket loads of winnings. While games like poker and baccarat take skill and luck in order to win, slot machines are all about the luck. If you’ve got you’re lucky rabbit’s foot around your neck or your lucky pants on, why not head over to and try your luck.

With luck in mind, we’re looking at some of the luckiest people to have entered the gambling world.

Patricia Demauro

On 23rd May 2009 at the Borgata Hotel Casino in Atlantic City, Patricia Demauro didn’t just defy the odds, she broke a world records in craps. After spending some time on the slot machines, she and her friend John Capra, who had lucked out on the poker tables, moved on to craps and bought in for $100.

In craps, the aim is for the shooter – the person rolling the dice – to not roll a seven. The odds of rolling any other number are 83.33%. When it was Patricia’s turn to be the shooter she rolled 154 times consecutively without seven coming up, the odds of which are 1 in 1.56 trillion. She set the record for the longest amount of time spent being the shooter, having lasted four hours and 18 minutes uninterrupted. This record still stands to this day and it’ll be an amazing feat should it ever be beaten.

David Threlfall

With the current state of the world, it’s hard enough to predict what will happen in the next few days, let alone the next seven years. But that’s exactly what David Threlfall did back in 1964. In a letter to British bookmaker William Hill, the space enthusiast enquired as to the odds of man walking on the moon before the end of the decade.

The bookmaker replied and gave him odds of 1000-1, which he duly accepted and placed £10 on it. Five years later and his bet came in when the Apollo 11 space shuttle landed on the moon on 20th July 1969 and Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Elmer Sherwin

This World War II veteran wasn’t just lucky on one occasion, he was lucky twice! Firstly in 1989, where he travelled to Las Vegas and won $4.6 million at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The casino only opened in November 1989 and to lose that sort of money in such a short space of time must have hurt.

His second win came in September 2005 when he was 92 years old. The Cannery Casino & Hotel was the location of this big win, as the veteran sat down at the Megabucks machine and went on to win a staggering $21.1 million from it. Not to be selfish with the money, he gave some to support his family and donated much of it to the Hurricane Katrina relief fund

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