Ashley Revell

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Ashley Revell (born 1972) sold all his possessions, including his clothes, and gambled US$135,300 on a single spin of a roulette wheel in the Plaza Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.[1][2] Revell even changed his name by deed poll to Ashley "Blue Square" Revell after the UK online bookmaker contributed to his gambling fund. He raised additional cash through car boot sales and auctions.[1]

He has been termed a 'Professional Gambler', but this is a misnomer. Revell relied on pure luck when he merely guessed when he placed a single bet on red; the ball ended up on 7 red, and Revell had doubled his money, to $270,600.[3] Everybody waited for new bets from him, but he gave $600 to a dealer as a tip, said "thank you!", and left the casino.[4] Revell used his winnings, not to professionally gamble, but to set up his own online poker company called Poker UTD.[5]

The event was filmed by Sky One as a reality mini-series titled Double or Nothing.[2] He was also featured in an E! documentary special along with Stu Ungar called THS Investigates: Vegas Winners & Losers.

An episode of the TV series Las Vegas entitled "One Nation, Under Surveillance", first broadcast on 14 March 2005 had a character and event loosely based on Ashley Revell.

Simon Cowell said that Ashley's bet was the inspiration behind his new game show called Red or Black?.[6]

Ashley Revell also owns iGaming Recruitment,[7] a website that matches online gambling companies with job applicants.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'All or nothing' gamble succeeds". BBC. 12 April 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Gambler: Roulette play 'just a mad thing to do'". CNN. 12 April 2004. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
  3. ^ Cuno, Steve (2008). Prove It Before You Promote It: How to Take the Guesswork Out of Marketing. John Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-38118-2. 
  4. ^ "No System – Just Luck" at RouletteSystemsInfo.com
  5. ^ Poker UTD – Official website
  6. ^ "Simon Cowell's 'Red or Black?': The £15m gameshow". Digital Spy. 4 May 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  7. ^ iGaming Recruitment – Official website
  8. ^ "Biggest Roulette Winners of All Time" at CasinoFYI.com

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