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Crazy Gambling Stories From January

From Broke Gambler Robbing Bank To Gus Hansen's Historic Losses


The gambling world can sometimes produce really off-the-wall stories. Every month there are plenty of cases of individuals going to extreme lengths to pay back debts, or of simply bizarre behavior at casino properties around the globe. It can be entertaining and sometimes sad.

January was no exception, as there was plenty that happened in the casino world.

Here’s a look at some of the most colorful and noteworthy from the month that was.

Gambler Throws $30,000 Off Casino Balcony After Birthday Victory

A French gambler threw $30,000 off his hotel balcony and down to the people below after winning the huge sum of money at a Uruguayan casino.

The man, who was staying at the exclusive Punta del Este resort in the southeast of the country, was reportedly celebrating his birthday while on holiday in Uruguay when the incident took place. After drinking profusely in the Moby Dick pub, he then headed to the resort’s casino where he won the life changing amount of money.

Cop Allegedly Plays Web Poker While Driving

Video has emerged that allegedly shows a suburban Chicago police officer driving down a snowy road in his patrol car while gambling on a computer game. The 45-second clip posted to YouTube prompted an investigation into the Bolingbrook Police Department officer’s actions.

Elderly Man Robs Bank With Underwear Over His Face After Losing At Poker

An elderly man robbed a Florida bank with underwear over his face because he was broke after gambling on horses and playing poker.

The Palm Beach Post reported that 73-year-old John A. Dougherty held up the bank in the Lakewood Park area with a loaded shotgun. Seven bank employees and one customer were there at the time of the robbery.

Alleged Borgata Chip Counterfeiter Flushed Chips Down Toilet

A suspect has been arrested in the case of the counterfeit chips in the Borgata poker tournament. The $2 million guarantee was canceled on Jan. 18 with just 27 players left.

According to reports, the situation began when casino officials at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City discovered that someone had flushed 2.7 million worth of counterfeit poker chips down the toilet in a hotel room. The Borgata was then notified and the tournament was suspended. Tournament staff discovered an additional 800,000 chips in play.

Furniture Store Loses $600K In NFL Promotion

The owner of a furniture store in Houston, Texas got rocked for $600,000 after offering a juicy promotion that more than 100 customers took him up on.

USA Today reported that Gallery Furniture owner Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale dangled the following for his customers: purchase $5,000 worth of furniture (or more), have it delivered to your home before the start of the first game, and correctly pick the two teams that would advance to the Super Bowl and you would get the purchase free.

Warren Buffett To Award $1 Billion For Perfect ‘March Madness’ Bracket

According to a press release, Dan Gilbert’s Quicken Loans has partnered with Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway to dangle an incredible prize for basketball fans — well for anyone, really. The $1 billion prize would be paid in 40 annual installments of $25 million. Alternatively, the winner could elect to receive an immediate $500 million lump sum payment. If there was somehow more than one winner, the prize would be shared.

Poker Player Gets Prison In Illegal Gambling Case

Poker player Edwin Ting was sentenced in New York to five months in prison for his role in the high-stakes gambling ring that was busted by the feds in April of last year.

He was among nearly three dozen individuals charged in the case.

In addition to his sentence, Ting has been ordered to forfeit $2 million.

-$16 Million Now For Gus Hansen On Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen started off the year on a nearly $700,000 downswing, and since then he has dropped yet another $300,000, which brings his deficit on the year already to seven-figures and his lifetime hole on the software to an astounding $16 million.

That’s more than twice as terrible as the second worst account of all time.

888 Offers NFL Player $88,800 To Change His Name

The gambling firm has offered New York Giants player Hakeem Nicks $88,800 to legally change his name to As reported, that money wouldn’t actual go in Nicks’ pocket, but instead to a charity of his choice.

The terms of the offer would require him to keep it that way for a full year.

Man Arrested For Alleged Gambling Scheme At Australian Open Tennis Tournament

Detectives believe they have made the first arrest in the world for tennis courtside gambling after nabbing a U.K. man at the Australian Open.

The 22-year-old is alleged to have been sitting at games and using a special electronic device sewn into his clothes to send messages to an associate who places bets before a TV delay — between seven and 10 seconds — catches up and betting odds change.

Former NFL Player Arrested For Allegedly Running An ‘Illegal Gambling House’

Former local football star and ex-NFL player Donald “Reche” Caldwell was arrested for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation in Tampa, Florida.

The 34-year-old Caldwell played wide receiver at the University of Florida, before going to the NFL and playing with several teams — the New England Patriots, the Washington Redskins and the San Deigo Chargers. He played professionally for six years.