You’ve seen the High Roller rooms. They’re the closed-off-with-a-velvet-rope corners of the casino where guys with big money go to gamble. At mid-range casinos, you’re looking at a $100 minimum table bet. At higher-end casinos, table bets bump to $500 minimum.
Walk by one of these rooms and you might see a celebrity or two playing with some big coin. What you won’t see, however, are the guys on our list. Why? Because these high rollers make the richest high rollers in Las Vegas look like they’re playing with pocket change.
The world’s richest high rollers wouldn’t be caught dead in an ordinary high roller’s room in Las Vegas. No, they play in private rooms at high-end casinos that most people don’t even know about.
The Sultan of Brunei
What do you do when you own well over 7,000 high-performance cars worth in upwards of $5 billion? Whatever you damn well please, actually. The Sultan of Brunei has a total net worth of over $5 billion. That’s billion with a B. However, his current fleet of over 600 Rolls Royce cars and 30 Ferraris is all but a tiny fraction of his $40 billion net worth. At a roulette table in Las Vegas, the Sultan of Brunei was seen dropping $250,000 chips on the felt at a Roulette wheel. To be clear, $250,000 is what the average American makes in about 5 years.
We like to keep our blogs clean, but we can’t help but marvel at Adnan Khashoggi’s penchant for ladies of the night. The man who brokered arms sales to fellow Saudi Arabians back in the ‘80s once spent $500,000 on, ahem, companionship—in one year. So it should come as no surprise that Khashoggi is one of the world’s top high rollers, dropping hundreds of thousands on the table at once.
We’ll admit it. Most of the writers at the Palace of Chance offices get a little nervous when we drop $25 on a hand of Blackjack. Can you imagine having to double down? All the sudden you’d have $50 on the table. We’re used to playing online where you can drop as little as $5 on a hand of Blackjack, so playing for peanuts is the norm in our world. So when we hard about Kerry Packer, the Aussie business titan and media mogul, we were floored. The man was famous for playing $450,000 hands of Blackjack. To be clear, that’s 90,000x what we like to bet per hand at Palace of Chance. But big bets don’t always mean big wins. In 1999, Packer allegedly lost $28 million Aussie dollars in London when he went on an unusually long 3-week losing streak.
Needless to say, we can’t even imagine what it would be like to be any of these high rollers. But we can try. Palace of Chance lets you play pretty much any table game you want for free. So go ahead. Play with a pretend bankroll and see how high you can build it. You might feel like the next sultan or media mogul in no time.