Anywhere But Des Moines NBC declared Des Moines, Iowa the wealthiest city in America in 2014,but to a gambler used to the insane nightlife of Las Vegas, it might as well have been southern Afghanistan.With three World Series of Poker bracelets, John Hennigan has proven his dominance on the felt.
Des Moines,however, proved to be too much for him to handle. His friends bet him $100,000 that he couldn’t livein the Iowa capital for six months. He gave it the old college try, but he was back in Vegas after justtwo days to pay off the bet.What a Boob made a name for himself in the 1990s as a man willing to go to any lengthsnecessary to win a bet.
The magician/gambler solidified that reputation in 1996 when a friend bet himthat he wouldn't get breast implants and keep them for a year. The average man might realize that $100,000wasn't enough money to endure a year of ridicule, but Zembic is no average man. He accepted the bet,got the implants, and kept them in. Interestingly enough, Zembic chose to keep his new rack even afterwinning the money. As of 2014, Zembic still has his 38Cs.Betting It All If you spend any time at the roulette wheel, you've probably heard someone say,"Put it all on red." But when a UK man named Ashley Revell said those words in 2004, he really meantthem.
Revell sold his car, his clothes, and cleaned out his bank account for one monstrous spin of thewheel at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Lucky for Revell, the wheel stopped on 7 red, and he was ableto turn $135,300 into $270,600 in a matter of seconds. Revell used his winnings to start online pokersite Poker UTD, which folded in 2012.Imagine the Pruning Anyone who follows professional poker is familiar with the names Phil Hellmuthand Huck Seed.
Both have distinguished themselves as masters of the game, but they are also known asoutrageous gamblers away from the poker table. One time, Seed bet the “Poker Brat” that he couldstand in the ocean - water up to his shoulders - for 24 hours. At stake: $20,000. Seed lasted only threehours, though, and Hellmuth padded his bankroll.The Company That Almost Wasn't Today, FedEx is an internationally-recognized brand, but founderFred Smith was struggling to keep the company afloat in the early 1970s.
With rising fuel costs eatinginto his capital, Smith found himself on the verge of bankruptcy. Desperate to keep the company fromgoing under, Smith took his last $5,000 to Las Vegas for a wild gamble. He used the money to play blackjackfor the weekend, riding a lucky streak that turned the $5,000 into more than $30,000. He used the moneyto pay his outstanding fuel bills, keep the company in business, and the rest is history.
Today, FedExis valued at more than $25 billion, making this arguably the biggest bet in Vegas history.The historyof Las Vegas is filled with colorful stories of people willing to take big risks with the hope of biggerrewards. But while most visitors to Sin City confine their gambling to poker, blackjack, and other casinostandards, longtime stalwarts bet on anything and everything. Prop bets, as they're called, are responsiblefor many of the most outrageous wagers in Vegas history.
If you've never been tempted to gamble awayyour bank account on something crazy, you can at least admire the reckless streak found in the followingindividuals.