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Top 10 Richest Gamblers in the World {2023 Latest List}



Gambling involves both luck and skills, with some individuals possessing exceptional abilities. Many people enjoy gambling as a casual pastime, playing games such as poker for fun at parties or social gatherings.

However, a handful of players also excel at the game, often winning large sums of money and becoming millionaires overnight, especially with high stakes and large prize pools.

Below is a list of the top gamblers in the world

1. Kerry Packer – $5 Billion

To many, Kerry Packer will rather be remembered as the richest gambler in the world than Australia’s richest man. 

He is known to be a giant bet player for his huge stakings. Kerry lost a huge amount of money in the process and also gained some.

One of his major losses was when he lost around $40 million playing in Crockford’s casino in London and the Bellagio in Las Vegas. 

His huge winning streak was recorded in May 1995 when he won $20 million in only 40 minutes by playing several games of $250,000 stake blackjack at once. 

Packer’s worth is estimated at $5 Billion.

2. Tony Bloom – $1.5 Billion

Tony is a mathematics graduate from The University of Manchester and started playing poker for fun. 

His interest in poker has gained him around $2.5 million. He has also had the opportunity to compete in major tournaments like the World Poker Tour and Poker Million IX, where he was the runner-up. 

Bloom was nicknamed “The Lizard” for his cold-blooded style of play. 

His main wealth came from Starlizard. his betting consultancy firm

Many reports say that Starlizard is one of the top betting firms in the world and that it wagers millions of dollars on soccer leagues across the globe. 

3. Bill Benter – $1 Billion

Bill Benter made history by becoming a billionaire through his skills in blackjack and horse race betting. With a degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, he honed his abilities in these areas. He was eventually banned from major Las Vegas casinos due to his unbeatable performance at blackjack tables.

With a net worth of $1 billion, Benter receives an additional $1 million annually and is known for his charitable donations in the US and Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, he joined forces with Alan Woods, a fellow mathematician and gambling enthusiast, to develop a formula for horse race betting using analytical software. The success of this software earned them a fortune, and after they went their separate ways, Benter continued to improve the software, further increasing his wealth.

4. Edward Thorp – $800 Million

Edward Thorp, also known as the “Father of Card Counting,” is recognized for his exceptional betting skills and wealth primarily acquired from blackjack and baccarat tables. 

Thorp was a mathematics professor at several prestigious universities and worked with Claude Shannon to invent the first wearable computer in the 1960s. He also authored the highly successful book “Beat the Dealer” in 1962. 

His expertise in science and technology and his gambling prowess earned him a net worth of $800 million. He was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame for his theories documented in the books “Beat the Dealer” and “Beat the Market.”

5. Andrew Black – $670 million

Andrew Black, a London-based entrepreneur, is one of the few individuals who have amassed wealth through gambling. While in college, Black excelled in mathematics but dropped out.

After his brother’s passing, he worked in a derivatives firm in London but soon quit due to the success of his gambling winnings. 

Black invented a software company and met Edward Wray while playing bridge. Wray saw potential in Black’s algorithm, designed to predict horse race outcomes, and invested in the project. The two then founded Betfair, a major betting site, and Black’s net worth is estimated at $670 million.

6. Alan Woods – $500 Million

Alan and Bill Benter were banned from Las Vegas casinos, leading them to switch to horse races in Hong Kong. 

After their separation, Woods made his model just as successful as Benter’s. However, as his betting syndicate was investigated by law enforcement, Woods was forced to flee to the Philippines. 

Despite this, Woods continued to bet from his private property and amassed a substantial fortune of approximately $500 million, working in close collaboration with his former competitor, Zeljko Ranogajec.

7. Zeljko Ranogajec – $439 Million

Zeljko Ranogajec, known as the “Joker of the gambling universe,”  accumulated a vast fortune through various forms of gambling, including keno, blackjack, sports betting, and horse race betting. 

With exceptional mathematical abilities and knowledge in banking, finance, and taxes, Ranogajec honed his skills as a casino employee, learning to master the art of card counting at the blackjack table. 

His skills were so impressive that he was banned from all major casinos in Australia and Las Vegas. Ranogajec holds the record for the biggest keno win, which was approximately $7.5 million at a New South Wales casino. 

He was inducted into the Blackjack Hall of Fame in 2011 and banned from most casinos in the US and Australia. He has an estimated net worth of $429 million.

8. Billy Walters – $250 Million

Billy Walters is a legendary bettor and one of the most successful in the world, with a winning streak that has lasted for three decades. He operated a betting service in Kentucky but was charged with possessing gambling records and pleaded guilty, although the charge was later erased from his record. 

In the 1980s, he became part of the Computer Group, which uses computers to predict the outcome of sports events. Walters primarily bet on basketball, NFL, and college football and made millions from his sports betting company. 

He was known for placing high-stakes bets, with wagers reaching up to $3.5 million. Although he has been less active recently, his net worth is around $250 million.

9. Dan Bilzerian – $200 Million

Dan Bilzerian is known for his private poker betting rather than participating in public games. He has a limited number of recorded poker results, one of which was placed 180th in the 2009 World Series of Poker event.

Bilzerian claims to only participate in high-stakes underground poker games, where he claims to have won up to $50 million in one night. Although this cannot be confirmed, some seasoned gamblers believe it’s feasible given Bilzerian’s habit of only playing against the wealthy individuals he thinks he can defeat.

10. David Walsh – $200 Million

David Walsh became interested in gambling during his college years at the University of Tasmania. He later created software to forecast the results of horse races, which became a crucial tool for betting groups. Due to his exceptional analytical skills, Walsh handled all the syndicate’s mathematical calculations. 

He also demonstrated bravery by investing $11 million in lottery tickets and winning a $60 million jackpot. 

Nowadays, Walsh primarily focuses on his underground art museum in Tasmania. He is worth a net worth of over $200 million.


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