Gambling records in the Guinness book

History of gambling and its development

The history of gambling dates back to ancient times. The first recorded case of gambling occurred in China in 2300 BC, when participants placed bets on the outcome of fights with animals. In ancient Greece, gambling was a popular pastime and was even considered part of the Olympic Games. Gambling was so common in Rome that Julius Caesar once said the famous phrase “alea iacta est” or “the die is cast” when he was about to cross the Rubicon River with his army, signifying his decision to bet on the outcome of the game. Civil War.

Gambling has always been a popular form of entertainment, with people betting on the outcome of games and sporting events. Gambling takes many forms these days, from online casinos to lottery tickets. No matter what form it takes, gambling is sure to remain a popular pastime for people all over the world. 

Biggest winnings (Gambling Records)

In the casino, visitors are waiting not only for winnings. While gambling enthusiasts place bets, some lucky ones manage to set unusual records. Achievements are listed in the Guinness Book of Records.

Record payouts attract a lot of attention. Thanks to luck, the lucky ones changed their lives and inscribed their name in the history of gambling.

Slot machines

Microgaming’s Mega Moolah slot set several records at once. The first was recorded on October 6, 2015. Then John Heywood, a resident of the UK, won a jackpot of €17,879,645 million on the BetWay website. In the Guinness Book of Records, this is the largest payout in online slot machines. At Frank Casino, players will find all the slot machines from this software provider.

The Microgaming website has information about another record. On September 28, 2018, a player hit the jackpot of €18,915,872 at the Grand Mondial offline casino, an achievement that has not yet been entered into the Guinness Book.



Christina worked as a cleaner in Berlin at the age of 36 until she won 90 million euros in the EuroJackpot lottery from Lottoland. The odds of winning are approximately 1 in 95,344,200.


Hundreds of players gathered at the Sands Cotai Central Hotel in Macau on March 3, 2015. Participants competed for a prize pool of HK$119–15 million. The first place went to Lin Haisan. The winner took home 100 million Hong Kong dollars.


British resident Christine Bradfield became £1.1 million richer on January 27, 2008. She won a record amount of money in the National Bingo Game at the Castle Leisure Club.

World Series of Poker

Every year professional players compete in the WSOP tournament. The “Unofficial World Championship” of poker is held at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. In 2012, he recorded the biggest first-place prize of $18,346,673, made possible by a record $1 million buy-in. The victory went to an American of Iranian origin Antonio Esfandiari.

Most club visits

Not all players like to discuss how often they bet. It has nothing to do with the next record holder, Edwin Wheeler. Somewhere between 1995 and 2002, the American visited 358 different clubs. Some of them he observed twice, so that only a few times he found a place at the seller’s table.

Two or three bettors set a different standard. Kimo Ah Yoon and Gary Meyer visited 74 gambling clubs in Las Vegas between October 19 and 20, 2017 out of 24 hours. Two Americans figured out how to work on the last record. In 2015 they played 69 clubs in 24 hours.