Every so often someone shows up and beats the odds in the most outrageous way imaginable. Whether it’s an underdog overthrowing a favorite, or a first-time gambler blasting the house edge, these stories are as inspiring as they are entertaining. For the next few weeks I’ll be dedicating my time to uncovering the wildest casino stories and compiling them here. Pull up a chair, and tune in – because you don’t want to miss out on these shocking tales.
On May 23, 2009, the least expected gambler approached a Craps table, dropped $100 and destroyed the record for the most consecutive Craps rolls before “sevening out.” This woman was Patricia Demauro.
The New Jersey grandmother made history when she rolled the dice 154 times in succession before rolling a seven at Atlantic City’s Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa. The chances of this happening are estimated at 1 in 1.56 trillion. The probability is substantially lower than the chance of being hit by lightning, which ranges in the 1 in 1 million area.
Demauro, who had only played the game once before, approached the table with a more experienced friend. At 8:13 PM, she bought into the game with $100, and soon after, she began the longest Craps rolling-streak to date. She went on for four hours and 18 minutes, claiming that the game moved so quickly that she could barely keep up with it. As an aside, the longest roll before this glorious event happened in 1989, when 118 rolls went on for three hours and six minutes.
Demauro declined to reveal just how much she won that night, but it’s safe to assume that she left the casino with a big smile and an even bigger paycheck.