A 31-year-old man from Hawaii pushed $66,200 in roulette chips across the felt on “Even” at Binion’s Gambling Hall. Long-time Binion’s dealer Carlos Basaldua spun the wheel and the ball landed on 8, instantly guaranteeing this lucky gentleman to double his money.
It was the conclusion of a bet that had started with a phone call to Glenn Casale, director of casino operations for Binion’s. “It’s not every day you get a call from a guy who’s asking about that kind of wager,” said Casale. “After a few conversations I realized this man was serious. I discussed the situation with Terry Caudill who said he would book the bet.”
The bettor, who asked to remain anonymous, told Casale he had called eight different casinos in Las Vegas, including several on the Strip, and none of them would take a single roulette bet over $20,000.
“We are in the gambling business; this is what we do,” said Caudill, owner of Binion’s Gambling Hall and the Four Queens Hotel & Casino. “It is somewhat unusual that he wanted to risk such a large amount. I consider these kinds of requests on a case-by-case basis. In this particular case, this was a man with a legitimate bet. I congratulate him on his win.”
The man and his wife plan to use the money to put a down payment on a house.