Since the opening of the First casinos, there are the so called high rollers. A high roller is -according to Wikipedia- a gambler who wagers big amounts of money and enjoys special perks to keep him or her satisfied.
Of course casinos and poker rooms are happy with high rollers. Who doesnâ€™t like a customer who spends a lot? If you are a high roller yourself and are looking for special bonuses and/or other perks, shoot us an email . Through our contacts with various online poker rooms we can arrange very special deals for our high stakes customers. Whether this may be an extra cash bonus or a trip to Las Vegas with luxurious hotelâ€¦itâ€™s all possible.
The definition for a high roller differs among casinos. If you bring $50K to the table in the Crown Casino in Australia, you will be considered a high roller. Whereas in Macau you have to bring ten times as much with you if you want them to treat you as a high roller.
In the history of gambling there were several big time high rollers. One of the most famous is Terry Packer. The Australian tycoon was worth around $4,5 billion in his heydays, so he had some money to spare. He liked to go on gambling sprees and both won and lost millions of dollars on those sprees. He reportedly lost $28 million on such a spree in London and had more luck in the MGM Casino in Las Vegas, where he won $33 million. A nice anecdote is the one where Packer got challenged by a businessman who wanted to play poker with him. The man tried to lure him into playing by bragging that he was worth $60 million. Packer pulled a coin out of his pocket and said: â€œWell, then letâ€™s toss a coin for itâ€.
Another high roller and at the same time brilliant poker player is Archie Karas. The story of Karas is almost unbelievable. In 1992, he went to Las Vegas with $50 in his pocket, had the chance to borrow $10,000 and started playing mostly poker and dice. In half a year the Greek immigrant ran the $10K up to an astonishing $17 million. Instead of cashing out, Karas continued to play for higher stakes and more than doubled the amount to $40 million. It took him only until 1995 to lose it all and go broke. The man still plays poker, but never for the high stakes like he did in his heydays. Karas even played in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in 2010.
Although many people think that high rollers bring in a high percentage of the total income of the casinos, itâ€™s far from the thruth. Research told us that the casinos earn the most from the lower- and middle classes, who together spend much more than the occasional high roller. If we say that 50% of the total income of casinos comes from the slot machines, you can imagine that the high rollers are not that important for casinos.
For high roller poker players, we always recommend to choose the poker bonuses with the highest bonus amounts. The match percentage is less important, because if you play poker for large amounts you will clear the bonus easily, regardless of the bonus percentage.