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The World's Biggest Gambler?


Archie Karas perhaps?

http://pregame.com/forums/forums/t/64932.aspx
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No question about it.

Ironically the guy was a thief before that but won and lost that fortune on the square.
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I saw him at the WSOP main event on TV this year, but he got knocked out pretty early. Day two I think.
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WOW!
I ended up blowing off my morning to read this series and I'm glad I did!

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Mick, where did you find the rest? great story.
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Wouldn't you put Kerry Packer at the top of that list?

....or are you guys saying that Karas had more "gamble" in him even though Packer won and lost more money?

Aside from all his table play, the story is that it was Packer who proposed a hundred million dollar coin flip to some big shot who had no idea what "gamble" really looked like....(the guy didn't have the jam to take Packer up on the bet).
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The big difference for me is that Packer was born rich and Karas wasn't. When Karas went broke, he really went broke. And by most accounts whether he was up 40 million or down 40 million he was the same guy.

But maybe Packer did won and lost more in his lifetime so he has to be mentioned as the one of, if not the highest, roller of all times.
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***Mick, where did you find the rest?***
I just Googled: Sexton's Corner, Vol. 32 then 33, 34 etc
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Packer played big but as far as I know he never risked everything he had on a gambling game. Archie did on a daily basis.

Winning or losing several tens of millions in one play ain't much when you're worth a few billion dollars.
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On taking Chip Reese and Stu Unger for over 1 million in one day;

Interviewer: I didn't even realize they played such high stakes back then, in the ninties.

Archie: They didn't, but I did.

That's classic.

"Baccarat was a disaster". lol!

Thanks for the clip, I never get tired of that guy. I wish he had gone deep at the Main Event.
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