I’ve had drama in my life before but I’ll admit that I have never initiated it with knowledge that I may be flat broke. A gentleman from the UK has plans to double his worth or find himself working for his next meal.
I can, however, appreciate the riskyness that this gentleman is taking. He originally planned on doing this on his own. He didn’t try to create some reality TV show. How will he live if he wins? Then again, how will he live if he loses? The big question Red or Black?
Betting It All on Vegas Roulette Spin
Thu Apr 8, 7:35 AM ET
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A British man who has sold all his possessions, including his clothes, will stand in a rented tuxedo on Sunday and bet everything on a single spin of the roulette wheel.
If he wins, he doubles his money. If he loses, he will be left with only the television crew documenting his every move.
Ashley Revell, a 32-year-old Londoner, said he was worth about 75,000 pounds ($138,000) after he sold everything in March.
“I thought I was worth at least 100,000 pounds,” he said in a telephone interview from Las Vegas, where he is putting in a week gambling about $3,000 in a bid to raise his pot.
By Wednesday, he was down $1,000.
Revell said he had planned to have a friend videotape his bet-it-all spin, but Britain’s Sky One television decided it was worth a short reality series, called “Double or Nothing.”
Sky will not pay him, he says, but a crew has followed his preparation and will cover the spin live on Sunday at the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas. It also plans to follow him for a month afterward, win or lose.
Revell, recently a professional gambler, said he decided to take a big plunge while he was still young and raised the stakes as high as possible, including selling his clothes.
“I like to do things properly,” he said.
He had not decided yet whether to place his money or red or black on Sunday afternoon.
“I don’t know man,” he said. “One of them is going to be the right thing to say and one is going to be the wrong thing.”
He added that if he won he would probably take his winnings rather than spin again.