One Night in Tokyo 

It was 1990 and very few people outside the boxing world had ever heard of Buster Douglas. But for Douglas, Tokyo, Japan was to be the launching pad for a meteoric rise to the title of undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

On February 11, 1990, Douglas fought ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson, who at the time was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world with a record of 37-0, 33 by KO. Douglas was a 42-1 underdog and by most sentiments, that was being generous.

The fought did not lack action as it teemed with anticipation. In the 8th round, it seemed popular opinion had come to bear—Tyson knocked Douglas down and he struggled to get back up. But he did get up and in a stunning turn of the table, Douglas knocked Tyson down in 10th and he would not stand up in time to beat the count.

Curiosity, A Mortgage, and the Boot

In 1995, Austrian billionaire, Kerry Packer (the richest person in Australia in 2005, with a fortune of $6.5 billion), went on a legendary run at the MGM Las Vegas. Out of curiosity, Packer started playing baccarat and blackjack where it’s reported that he won between $20 and $40 million. Inexplicably, top-level MLM Grand employees, some of which were later given the boot, allowed Packer to place staggering bets of up to $200,000 a hand on the blackjack table where he reportedly won $25 million alone.

In a gesture of his gratitude and kindness to his blackjack dealer, Packer paid off the man’s mortgage on his home. But he wasn’t finished there, the sum total of the tips given to the head waiter and the waitress serving him was estimated to be as much as $1,000,000.

True to the old adage, ‘what goes up, must come down’, it’s worth noting that in 1999, Packer, while gambling in London, lost $28 million. Nonetheless, he can take solace in the fact that no one knows his largest single win in Las Vegas because there were too many.

Ask, And It Will Be Given To You

Well, this author believes that pray needs a slight modification to read, ‘ask, believing you have already received, and it will be given.’ But who could argue with the success of Amy Nishimura, a 71-year-old from Hawaii who won $8,919,598 playing the Megabucks slots at Fremont in Las Vegas.

Upon arriving, Amy had ‘a feeling’ about one machine. As she approached it, she explained why she needed the money and asked for luck. With only $100 in her wallet, she got straight to work feeding the machine. She hadn’t even been to bed yet. Three hours later, with only $40 left, her ‘lucky’ machine blessed her with a jackpot win to remember.

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