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Hitting the jackpot: The biggest casino wins of all time

By LLM Reporters  |  March 23, 2020

If the glitz and glamour of an evening at the casino appeals to you, and you like nothing more than rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous and pitting yourself against some of the world’s biggest high-rollers, then the chances are that you’ve frequented some of the world’s finest. But, if you’re yet to scoop the jackpot and enjoy the adrenaline of a big win, you may well find yourself wondering whether the riches promised up in some of the highest-stake games out there are little more than an illusion.

Well, we’ve got news for you, because those great big windfalls are real – and from Las Vegas’ Bellagio to the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco, some of the world’s most renowned casinos have also produced some of the biggest winners of all time.

So, where exactly are you likely to find these impressive jackpots on offer – and which of them have actually been won? The experts at, the world’s leading online casino US platform, have conducted a study to find out just that – so brace yourself for some of the casino world’s biggest victors of all time.

MGM Grand Las Vegas

The Australian billionaire, Kerry Packer, tried his hand at a few games of baccarat and blackjack, and is thought to have won somewhere between $20 – $40 million. Why is the range so broad? Because he went so wild with his cash, winning so many games, the exact number is unknown.

With plenty of money to play with in the first place, it’s little wonder he was able to win so big. His head waiter for the evening benefitted from his windfalls, too – making a cool $1,000,000 in tips for just one night.

Australian billionaire Kerry Packer won on somewhere between $20 – $40 million at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Image credit: Jonathan Weiss/

Excalibur Las Vegas

In 2003, a 25-year-old basketball fan found himself in Las Vegas after coming along to see his favourite team play. Little did he know that, during that fateful trip, he would decide to drop by the Excalibur Las Vegas for a game or two on the slots – and, after spending just $100 in coins, would walk away with a huge jackpot win amounting to $39.7 million. His win equated to the average profit the venue would make in an entire month – and is one of the biggest casino wins ever recorded globally.

Mirage Las Vegas

World War II veteran Elmer Sherwin is one of the only people in the world to have scooped a multi-million pound casino jackpot not once, but twice. The 76-year-old walked away from the Mirage Las Vegas having won a cool $4.6 million just hours after the venue first opened, and used his winnings to head off on a tour around the world. Sixteen years later, he was back again for round two – and won more than five times his original windfall at the same venue, taking $21 million home with him.

71-year-old Amy Nishimura, who was holidaying from Hawaii at The Fremont Las Vegas, scooped $8.9 million after spending three hours playing on the same slot machine. Image credit: Omozo/

Gold Coast, Las Vegas

Postman John Tippin was the recipient of a healthy $12 million jackpot in 1996, when he headed out for an evening with friends at Sin City’s popular Gold Coast casino during a holiday to the area. His win wasn’t all it was cracked up to be though, and after throwing himself into a party lifestyle that saw him jet-setting all around the world, he later descended into alcoholism and found himself with nothing – proof, if you need it, that money doesn’t always buy happiness.

The Fremont, Las Vegas

71-year-old Amy Nishimura, who was holidaying from Hawaii at The Fremont Las Vegas, scooped $8.9 million after spending three hours playing on the same slot machine. Sensing a special kind of energy coming from this particular machine, she spoke to it and asked it to bestow upon her good luck – and, after spending less that $100 on the game, her wish was granted.

Charles Wells won big at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco in the early 1980s. Image credit: Roka/

Fifty London, London

In 2008, Mike Ashley – billionaire owner of Newcastle United football club, received a significant boost to his fortune after visiting the swanky Fifty London casino in the British capital. Resolving to play at the roulette table for no more than fifteen minutes, his luck was evidently in – and he walked away from the evening with another £1.4 million in the bank.

The Monte-Carlo Casino, Monaco

Charles Wells was a regular on the casino circuit, and was revered by many a high-roller thanks to his evident skill and cunning – not to mention his highly-perfected poker face. In July 1981, he took out a bank loan, determined to make a jackpot win his – and, at the Monte-Carlo Casino in Monaco, he did just that. Stationing himself at the roulette table, he played until there were no more chips left to finish the game – and walked away with around one million francs in his pocket – not bad for one night’s work.

If you’re looking to attract a jackpot win into your life, then take inspiration from these incredible players, whose wins have gone down in global history. They are proof, if you need it, that anything is possible – and that it really could be you.

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