man who put his life savings on the line Sunday took home
$270,600 in a double-or-nothing roulette wheel gamble
at the Plaza
Hotel and Casino.
Revell, 32, a London man who said he liquidated all his
possessions to fund his leap of faith, put $135,300 on
red at the roulette table as a film crew videotaped his
a rented tuxedo, he brought cash to the casino, said Rich
Rose, the Plaza's president of sports and special events.
trading the cash for chips and engaging in some low stakes
gambling as a warm-up, Revell placed it all on red.
crowd, including his mother and father, watched as the
roulette wheel was spun. The ball bobbled into various
slots before landing on Red 7.
winnings were paid at the table, Rose said. The cash is
now nestled in a safety deposit box at the hotel.
said Revell claimed he came to the hotel "with nothing
but the clothes on his back."
idea for the bet was hatched earlier this year during
a casual conversation between Revell and a friend, Rose
two explored their options and enlisted a film crew to
record the event for possible future release.
Revell received a bottle of champagne and a suite from
the hotel. The hotel had him sign the roulette felt and
will put it on display in the lobby, Rose said.