Akio Kashiwagi

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Akio Kashiwagi (柏木昭男 Kashiwagi Akio?) a.k.a. 'The Warrior' (1938 – January 3, 1992) was a wealthy Tokyo-based real estate investor who was known for the large amounts of money he wagered at Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos.[1]

Business background[edit]

Kashiwagi owned a home and office in Tokyo, out of which he ran the Kashiwagi Shoji Company. He stated that he was the sole principal of his real estate and investment business. He claimed an income of a hundred million dollars a year, and a billion dollars in assets. His finances were so secretive that a credit review for casino officials declared his profession only as 'business'.

Gambling habits[edit]

Kashiwagi regularly played baccarat for large sums, betting 100,000 or 200,000 dollars a hand, for hours at a time. He later got into a legal wrangle with Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino in 1990 over a deal in which Kashiwagi was to bet $12 million. Kashiwagi left the casino with two million dollars in chips, having lost ten million. He claimed the casino had failed to hold up its end of the deal.[2] The character of K.K. Ichikawa (Nobu Matsuhisa) in the film Casino was based on Akio Kashiwagi.[3]


On January 3, 1992, Kashiwagi was killed, stabbed as many as 150 times with a samurai sword. His body was discovered in his home in Japan near Mount Fuji.[1] At the time of his death, Kashiwagi still had casino debts in the millions of dollars. The murder was never solved.


  1. ^ a b Published: January 12, 1992 (1992-01-12). "A Top Gambler Is Killed Owing Casinos Millions - New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  2. ^ Matt Assad (2010-06-26). "High rollers expect, and get, easy credit from casinos - Morning Call". Articles.mcall.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  3. ^ "Gaming's Art | Gambling movies, music, paintings, literature (novels, poetry). The Art of Gambling". Artistcasino.com. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2013-08-20.