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Man sold all his possessions and bet entire life savings on one single roulette spin

Man sold all his possessions and bet entire life savings on one single roulette spin

Gambler Ashley Revell put all of his life savings on red

One man decided to risk quite literally everything he owned by heading to Sin City for a life-changing roulette-spin.

Londoner Ashley Revell was 32 years old when he sold all of his possessions - including his home and his clothes - to gamble £76,840 ($135,300) at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas.

Back in 2004, he put his life-savings on red, showcased in Sky One reality show Double or Nothing.

Viewers of the programme would help Ashley make his decision over whether to go with red or black.

"It was just... pleading that I'd pick[ed] it and that it would come in red," he told CNN at the time.

"Before I actually walked up to the wheel, I was thinking about putting it on black, and then suddenly the guy was spinning the ball around and all the Sky viewers said ... they [had] voted that I should put it on red.

"So suddenly I just put it all on red.

"But ... I was just pleading that it would come in and I'd get lucky this time. What I was really worried about was that I'd lose and my parents would be upset and my family would, you know, all my friends would be upset."

Ashley revealed that his father was totally against the idea, as any caring parent would.

One man decided to risk quite literally everything he owned by heading to Sin City for a life-changing roulette-spin.
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The dad was quoted in an interview, saying: "I told him he was a naughty boy, he was a bad boy, he shouldn't do it. He should work like all other kids do."

"I mean, I obviously went and shook his hand before I did it, and after he was just hugging me and jumping up and down," Ashley explained.

"So, you know, I think most all dads are just concerned, and he's seeing all my friends being married off and having kids and stuff, and he's like any father, he just wants me to settle down and make sure I'm secure."

It was indeed a daring move, and one that massive paid off because Revell doubled his money to a whopping £153,680 ($270,600).

The incredible feat was viewed around the world and was even the inspiration to another reality show - Red or Black.

At the time, Revell wisely walked away with the prize money and used it on an online poker company called Poker UTD.

Although this didn’t work out, he also spent some of the cash on a cross-Europe motorbike road-trip where he ended up meeting his future wife.

Safe to say that his tiny decision had a huge impact on his life.

So much so that 15 years after his big win, Revell returned to Las Vegas where the Plaza commemorated the win and its new single zero roulette table with a promotional free chip to players.

Revell even placed a ceremonial bet, although the stakes weren’t quite as high this time round.

He told KSNV: “I have said that the roulette spin at the Plaza was the most amazing moment of my life.

“Single 0 roulette wasn’t around back then. Clearly a lot has changed in gaming and at the Plaza. So, I am excited to return, and hopefully, we can all celebrate another successful roulette spin.”

Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Ashley Revell/Pexels

Topics: Money, Gambling