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    I played $100 on a single Roulette bet. I think I played $5 on 0, $5 on 00, $5 on 1-12, $2 each number from 1-18($36), $1 each number 19-36($18), $10 on black,$5 on red, $15($5 each 2:1 column) on all three 2:1 columns, $1 on 19-36. When I got 00 I made roughly a $80 profit. What about you guys? What is the single most expensive bet you have ever made in a Casino?
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    I've left a few hundred on the layout at the conclusion of a hot run at craps.

    As for slots, $40.
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    That the Russian didn’t have an STD and she actually was 18.

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    Originally Posted by The Boz View Post
    That the Russian didn’t have an STD and she actually was 18.
    LMAO! I meant more along the lines of GAMBLING BETS,

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    Not 100% sure, but I know I bet 5k on a single match play BJ bet in the past. Obviously, lots of people bet more, but at the time I made the bet, It meant a significant amount to me win or lose. It was probably 25% of my BR at the time. Luckily we had more than one, so I was not that worried.

    I played some $100 denomination VP.

    I also played many spins betting $1250 a pull on a slot machine.

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    Not counting poker, which is entirely different, my biggest bet ever was 2x$600 at blackjack which became $4200 after it ended up 7 ways after a series of doubles and splits.

    The dealer was showing a 5, turned over an 8, and then pulled the 9 to barely bust.
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    Idk if it was the most, but prob pretty close. Bet 2x$800 on BJ, got a total of 8 on one hand and 11 on the other. Doubled the 8 and caught a 2 or 3. Doubled the 11 and ended up with <17. So not a good situation to be in, but dealer ended up busting, so that was nice.

    Most on slots was $400/pull.
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    Biggest sports bet was $1650. Most on video poker is $1 ten-play NSUD, $50 per deal.
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    $8,100 on a horse named Marastani. My buddy and I were stuck $15,000 from BJ and VP. I said let's put up $300 each and go sit in the race book and I'll get us out. I grinded away all day and had $8,100. Put it all on Marastani at even money. Marastani was a modest 2nd level stakes horse on the turf that always gave you a good stretch run. Sometimes he got there, sometimes he was 2nd or 3rd but flying late. This particular day he got it done and we got even plus a little.

    I never before or again put that much on a horse. I have had 25K on the 10 in craps but that was from a starting point of $250 so I don't consider it the same.

    In sports, I used to bet a few hundred to a thousand unless we were middling a game. Never bet big money on sports.

    Now in my old age I bet $50 to win on a horse and $20 exactas unless there is something to step out on.

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    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    $8,100 on a horse named Marastani. My buddy and I were stuck $15,000 from BJ and VP. I said let's put up $300 each and go sit in the race book and I'll get us out. I grinded away all day and had $8,100. Put it all on Marastani at even money. Marastani was a modest 2nd level stakes horse on the turf that always gave you a good stretch run. Sometimes he got there, sometimes he was 2nd or 3rd but flying late. This particular day he got it done and we got even plus a little.

    I never before or again put that much on a horse. I have had 25K on the 10 in craps but that was from a starting point of $250 so I don't consider it the same.

    In sports, I used to bet a few hundred to a thousand unless we were middling a game. Never bet big money on sports.

    Now in my old age I bet $50 to win on a horse and $20 exactas unless there is something to step out on.
    Of course you did

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    My biggest casino wager was also a non-AP, sports wager. I forget what I bet, maybe $5000 on Eagles football wins over/under for the season. I figured that way I didn't have to bet every game. The bet lost, but I was able to hedge at the end, as you often can with these kind of bets and ended you losing about half IIRC.

    In blackjack, I have played just a couple sessions max betting $1500. This is well above my normal stakes. Both cases were big Saturday fight nights in Vegas, where I could play in the shadows of bigger bettors.

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    Poker I once jammed my entire stack of $100 on pocket aces and my opponent sucked out with a flush.

    VP/slots my biggest bet was $25 on a hand of Bonus Streak 10 play that had 3 12Xs on it. Made $80 off it

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    Originally Posted by Keystone View Post
    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    $8,100 on a horse named Marastani. My buddy and I were stuck $15,000 from BJ and VP. I said let's put up $300 each and go sit in the race book and I'll get us out. I grinded away all day and had $8,100. Put it all on Marastani at even money. Marastani was a modest 2nd level stakes horse on the turf that always gave you a good stretch run. Sometimes he got there, sometimes he was 2nd or 3rd but flying late. This particular day he got it done and we got even plus a little.

    I never before or again put that much on a horse. I have had 25K on the 10 in craps but that was from a starting point of $250 so I don't consider it the same.

    In sports, I used to bet a few hundred to a thousand unless we were middling a game. Never bet big money on sports.

    Now in my old age I bet $50 to win on a horse and $20 exactas unless there is something to step out on.
    Of course you did
    You're right Keystone. Actually we were stuck $120 and we blew strange men all night at $10 a pop to get even. What's your effin problem?

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    I haven't been reading this silly forum recently and I don't have a lot of time so I'm putting this up on the first thread that popped up. Alan informed me he has quit and he sent me this article to post that is very much worthy of being printed in my Undeniable Truth column if I were still writing. I didn't copy the link properly and I don't have the time to mess with fixing it, but it's all below. It is a very telling expose' on the so-called "Poker Pros" out there, and without hesitation I'd add in anyone who describes themselves as "living as an AP".

    Enjoy....and don't get too flustered with the many truths included within

    Poker News :
    Why Do So Many Poker Pros Die Broke?
    Card Player Columnist Alan Schoonmaker Analyzes The Ways In Which Poker Players Risk Their Future
    by Alan Schoonmaker | Published: Jan 29, 2019

    Because there arenít any reliable statistics, nobody knows for sure how many poker pros die broke. But itís certainly too many.

    If youíre a pro, you have a much higher probability of dying broke than members of other professions, including people who earn much less than youíre winning now. Of course, you may think it wonít happen to you, but thatís also what they thought before they got busted.

    This series will analyze why it happens so often and recommend the ways to avoid it.

    The Primary Cause

    Most of the specific causes discussed here will have one common factor, which is arrogance.

    Self-confidence, of course, is essential for a successful pro, but you shouldnít believe, "Iím too special to die broke.Ē

    No, youíre not.

    Youíre just another talented player, and itís happened to many talented players. Are you more talented than the legendary Johnny Moss? What about Stu Ungar, Dave ĎDevilfishí Ulliott, and Gavin Smith? Do you win more money?

    Johnny won the first two World Series of Poker championships, but ended up dependent on charity from the Binionís family. Stu was arguably historyís greatest no-limit tournament player, but he died in a crummy motel. He was a junkie, but drugs werenít the only cause for his tragic ending. Devilfish and Gavin each won World Poker Tour and WSOP titles, along with millions in tournaments and cash games, but Phil Hellmuth and other pros have run charity tournaments or started crowdfunding pages to help their surviving families.

    Nolan Dalla covered the tournament circuit for years. In a column for Poker Pages, he once wrote: ďOne of the most troubling aspects of the tournament circuit is seeing how many players are constantly broke. Iím not talking about bad poker players or novices. Iím talking about names and faces everyone would recognizeÖ If former World Series of Poker winners are broke, what chance do you have of making it on the circuit? The odds are overwhelmingly stacked against you.Ē

    You may say, ďThatís irrelevant. I know tournaments are too risky. Thatís why I play only for cash.Ē So what? If you walk into many large poker rooms, youíll see players who once beat big cash games struggling to survive in small ones.

    In fact, the worst fate isnít dying broke; itís living broke for your final years.

    As you read this article, ask yourself, ďHow often do I make these mistakes?Ē

    They Donít Save Money

    Itís the most common and easily avoided mistake. For thousands of years wise people have spent less than they made. In the Old Testament of the Bible, Joseph advised the Pharaoh to save grain in good years to avoid starvation in the bad ones.

    You can easily see arroganceís effects. Dozens of authorities have written that losing streaks are inevitable and have recommended saving money. But too many pros think, ďThat doesnít apply to me because Iíll always beat the game.Ē

    No, you wonít. You may never have a catastrophic losing streak, but variance virtually guarantees that you wonít always beat the game. If you add in the fact that your mental abilities will decline with age, youíll certainly have some bad years. Even if youíre a net winner, you may not cover your expenses.

    They Invest Poorly

    Of course, some pros do save money, but they may not invest it well. Again, we see the effects of arrogance. They think, ďIím so smart that I donít need any advice from investment professionals.Ē Poker players often make amateurish investment mistakes.

    They Play Other Games

    Some pros essentially ship money from poker tables to craps and other unbeatable games. They may never admit it, even to themselves, but in their secret hearts they believe those games may be unbeatable for ordinary people, but not for them.

    ďIím so superior that the laws of probability and lots of other rules donít apply to me.Ē

    Arrogance also causes some outstanding tournament players to be Ďlive onesí in cash games. When some of them make the final table, their side-game opponents cheer them on. If they have a big tournament payday, their cash game opponents will probably get a nice piece of it.

    ďTheir arrogance prevents them from learning from their past losses. They delude themselves that this time will be different, that their true superiority will allow them to beat games that have repeatedly defeated them.Ē (Schoonmaker, Arrogance, the Biggest Bankroll Buster)

    They Cheat On Their Taxes

    Some pros cheat, and a few donít even file tax returns. Believe it or not, honestly paying your taxes can increase your long-term security.

    First, youíll pay more social security, a forced saving for retirement. Because the cost of living allowance frequently increases benefits, most people get back much more than they contributed.

    Ask some struggling older pros if they get much social security. Some will say, ďNo,Ē and a few will admit, ďI donít get any.Ē

    Second, if you donít pay social security for at least ten years, youíre not eligible for Medicare. Medical costs become immensely higher as you get older, and they have busted countless older pros. Some older pros have severe health problems or die prematurely because they canít afford treatments or preventative health care.

    Third, you can use programs to deduct your retirement contributions, and the interest, dividends, and other profits accumulate tax free until you retire. Youíll build a secure retirement fund.

    They Donít Buy Health Insurance

    Itís another effect of arrogance. Too many pros, especially young ones, think, ďI donít need health insurance because Iíll always be healthy.Ē They may be right, but itís an extremely foolish risk.

    Without health insurance your entire bankroll, health, and even your life are at risk every day. Too many pros have been busted by the enormous costs of an illness or accident.

    They Donít Protect Their Health

    On this issue arrogance has subtler effects. Youíve read that you should eat healthy foods and exercise regularly, but may ignore those recommendations. Some pros subconsciously believe, ďThose rules donít apply to me.Ē

    They rarely exercise and eat badly. They may even sneer at authorities such as Dr. Cardner because they think her recommendations about diet and exercise are irrelevant for poker players.

    Itís another form of arrogance. They think that poker is unique, that the rules that apply to other activities donít apply to playing poker.

    Nonsense!

    We have exactly the same bodies as everyone else, and mistreating our bodies has the same effects. We canít play well if we donít feel well.

    Worse yet, poor health has much greater effects on poker prosí incomes than on the incomes of other professionals. The late Barry Tanenbaum, wrote: ďProfessional poker is a ruthless meritocracy.Ē

    You can make a living as a mediocre salesman, teacher, lawyer, carpenter, or doctor. Most people are mediocre, but nearly everyone makes a living. You canít survive as a poker pro unless youíre among the best.

    If you neglect your health, youíll have higher medical costs, and you wonít play well enough to pay them. You probably wonít just die broke. Youíll also die a lot sooner.

    Whatís Next?

    Alan SchoonmakerFuture columns will describe other causes for dying broke and tell you how to retire securely. I hope you take them seriously. They can save your bankroll, your health, and your life.

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    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    Originally Posted by Keystone View Post
    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    $8,100 on a horse named Marastani. My buddy and I were stuck $15,000 from BJ and VP. I said let's put up $300 each and go sit in the race book and I'll get us out. I grinded away all day and had $8,100. Put it all on Marastani at even money. Marastani was a modest 2nd level stakes horse on the turf that always gave you a good stretch run. Sometimes he got there, sometimes he was 2nd or 3rd but flying late. This particular day he got it done and we got even plus a little.

    I never before or again put that much on a horse. I have had 25K on the 10 in craps but that was from a starting point of $250 so I don't consider it the same.

    In sports, I used to bet a few hundred to a thousand unless we were middling a game. Never bet big money on sports.

    Now in my old age I bet $50 to win on a horse and $20 exactas unless there is something to step out on.
    Of course you did
    You're right Keystone. Actually we were stuck $120 and we blew strange men all night at $10 a pop to get even. What's your effin problem?
    No problem at all Sir...in fact I congratulate you always coming out a winner

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    Were it only true. Maybe I should start a thread of all my losers. You would love to read that. But I don't know if others would find it interesting or entertaining. It would definitely be a longer thread than my winners.

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    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    Were it only true. Maybe I should start a thread of all my losers. You would love to read that. But I don't know if others would find it interesting or entertaining. It would definitely be a longer thread than my winners.
    Au contraire...I donít want you to lose, and wouldnít be too interested in reading about your losses...I just find it fascinating that in the 2 years Iíve been reading here, you always come in on the positive side of the ledger...I celebrate your good fortune and success my good man

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    Then you must have reading comp issues. Isolated wins over 50 years do not constitute "always come in on the positive side of the ledger". So let me clarify---I am ahead in craps which I no longer play. There were large wins mixed in among many smaller losses. I am ahead in horses, but again there are many smaller losers along the way as I make high variance plays like Pick 5's and 6's these days. I am a huge loser in VP. So again, when I mention a win, you should not misinterpret that as anything but an isolated event.

    Ok--now that that is cleared up, I lost a coin flip today with a guy for a quarter. Damn!!!!

  19. #19
    Originally Posted by regnis View Post
    Then you must have reading comp issues. Isolated wins over 50 years do not constitute "always come in on the positive side of the ledger". So let me clarify---I am ahead in craps which I no longer play. There were large wins mixed in among many smaller losses. I am ahead in horses, but again there are many smaller losers along the way as I make high variance plays like Pick 5's and 6's these days. I am a huge loser in VP. So again, when I mention a win, you should not misinterpret that as anything but an isolated event.

    Ok--now that that is cleared up, I lost a coin flip today with a guy for a quarter. Damn!!!!
    I too focus on horizontals such as P3ís 4ís and 5ís so I certainly understand your point...maybe I have read you wrong...I just remember the $300,000 that you won on the KD the year Always Dreaming (post time favorite) won and it seems the gravy train never stopped rolling from there...My apologies if I misinterpreted you and continued good fortune

  20. #20
    Keystone-that actually sounded sincere and I'm not looking to have a beef with anyone on this forum. I have had some huge days. But that happens when you bet at higher levels than most people. But at those levels, the losses are also bigger. So it's all a matter of proportion.

    Next big day--hopefully--is Dubai World Cup. I do step out on the high handle days as the payoffs are much higher even on the tris and supers. So that's the next one.

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