|Brazilian Billionaire and his BIG bet|
$1,225,000 that is.
Which evokes a heck of a lot of questions.
The first of which is how did Bartelle gain permission to make such a large wager when the normal straight-up maximum bet at the Conrad casino is a mere $50? I have never heard of such a huge roulette straight-up bet, not even in the heyday of the famous Las Vegas Horseshoe casino when the legendary owner Benny Binion ran it. Binion was known for allowing enormous bets in his casino, and players indeed took him up on it.
One player once walked into the horseshoe with a suitcase filled with packets of $100 bills and dumped it on the pass-line at the first craps table he saw.
It turned out to be a million bucks and he won.
But 35 grand straight-up on a 37 to 1 longshot?
Well, maybe the bet was legit. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe the casino had a deal with Bartelle and helped rig the winning outcome, which was number 32, which happens to be my favorite number.
During my 25-year casino-cheating career, I did a lot of big-time roulette pastposts with chips on number 32--although none ever came close to a million-dollar payoff! LOL
But you never know about casinos in South America, therefore you never know about their employees.
Of course you might ask, "Why would a billionaire be involved in a roulette casino-cheat scam involving a mere million bucks--or a bit more?"
Well, maybe just for kicks. Lots of celebrities have been known to use their celebrity status for additional financial gain and publicity.
You can also ask, "Why does any billionaire strive for more billions and more success?" See what I mean?
So you can throw logic out the window.
Of course I wasn't there to see the spin go down, so I cannot offer any definitive evidence for or against cheating, but the whole scenario is indeed very interesting.
I will say this, however: billionaires do not like to lose at anything...PERIOD