The Biggest Bets In Fiction

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Film buffs and gambling aficionados alike will get something out of this fun new infographic documenting the greatest bets on-screen.

Documenting both wins and losses from classic 30s gangster films to modern day comedies, it spans from -$8.8 million to an extravagant +$115 million. While there are some seriously dramatic moments in there, there’s also some pretty unlikely situations throughout these stories.

In a South Park episode titled ‘Red Man’s Greed’, $300,000 is won on a single roulette spin. After the whole town bands together, they lose everything. It’s the perfect example of easy come, easy go in the gambling world.

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Another rare scenario sees Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz offhandedly win $3 million using a single quarter in a slot machine after drunkenly getting married the night before. Chaos ensues in the scenes that follow, where the couple is forced to stay together or risk losing the winning cash.

A true fun-fact from blockbuster movie ‘Ocean’s 11’ is the poor luck George Clooney had while making the film. Clooney lost a consecutive 25 blackjack hands on-set – a scenario where life definitely did not imitate art.

Aside from the unrealistic, the graphic covers some true stories, like the movie ‘21’ which documents the story of the real-life MIT Blackjack Team who won $650,000 in one night of gambling.

Whether you’re interested in the realistic or the plain outrageous, have a look through the greatest on-screen bets infographic and make your own mind up about which ones are the best.


Infographic: The Biggest Bets on Screen

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