Some of the Best Heaters
Gamblers dream of going on a heater, which is a long winning streak where the player seems like they just can’t lose.
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One of the games that is particularly suited for amazing heaters is craps, with shooters going on very long rolls before they final crap out, but poker and blackjack also have some legendary heaters.
Here are some of the best heaters.
Archie Karas is acknowledged as the ‘greatest gambler of all time’. Karas borrowed $10 000 from a friend in 1992 and headed to Binion’s in Las Vegas and the trip turned into one of the greatest heaters of all time.
Karas went up against some of the world’s top poker players including Chip Reese, Doyle Brunson and Stu Ungar. Over several years of play, Karas turned that $10 000 into a bankroll of over $17 million.
Karas didn’t miss a beat. After the poker action dried up he went on to betting $100 000 on a single roll at the craps tables and the heater continued. At his heater peak in 1992 to 1995, he had over $40 million in profits.
However like many heaters the streak would end and Karas lost $30 million back in just 3 weeks during 1995.
Stanley Fujitake was a regular at the California Hotel and Casino is the downtown area of Las Vegas. He picked up the dice at the craps table on May the 28th 1989 and this began his heater streak.
He rolled for 3 hours and 6 minutes which was a total of 118 rolls before finally crapping out.
Fujitake and most of the table maxing out their bets during the streak, the casino lost over $1 million during the heater.
Kerry Packer, like Karas is known not only for his huge wins but also for his massive losses.
Packer is an Australian media tycoon and billionaire businessman who often gambled for the highest stakes possible and was always looking to up the ante.
The biggest wins that Packer saw were a run where he won $30 million at MGM Grand in 1997 over several days and other wins of $10 million or more at various UK casinos.
He also lost $20 million in one night at high stakes roulette in a London casino as well as other losses costing millions of dollars.
The identity of this player was never revealed, but an old man walked in shoeless and cashed in his $400 Social Security check and took a seat at a blackjack table at Treasure Island in 1995.
Over the course of a week the old man won about $1.5 million and then managed to lose it all bag and was finally shown the door when he ran out of money.
William Lee Bergstorm
In the 1980s, Bergstorm walked into Binions and declared that he wanted to bet $1 million on a single roll at the craps table. He was told that he could do this and he came back with a suitcase with $770 000 in cash and bet it all on Don’t Pass.
He crapped out after three rolls and took his $770 000 in profit and left.
He returned and placed a series of bets at craps. He placed a $590 000 bet that he won, a $190 000 bet which he won and a $90 000 bet that he also won.
However in 1984 he came back with his biggest bet of $1 million but this time his luck ran out and he lost. Three months later Bergstorm committed suicide.