Betting $2,500 On One Hand of Blackjack

John Chow dot Com reader Lyndon Reid was the winner of Shoemoney’s Affiliate Summit West 2010 contest. Thanks to your support, Lyndon got an all expense paid trip to Las Vegas for the Affiliate Summit. Included in the prize was an option to take $1,000 cash and run or bet $2,000 on one hand of blackjack or one spin of roulette. Lyndon opted to play a hand of blackjack and included the $500 he got for reimbursement of his airfare. So, the bet was $2,500 on one hand of blackjack!

Logistically, filming the bet was extremely difficult because casinos do not allow cameras or videos on the gaming floor. However, I’ve never let the prospect of getting tossed into a Vegas jail stop me from filming a once in a lifetime event. We had multiple cameras with us but in the end, it seems I was the only one brave (or dumb) enough to actually film on a casino floor. I want to thank the Rio for not arresting me.

To find out if Lyndon won or lost the $2,500, watch the video below. Thanks to Shoemoney and AzoolgleAds for sponsoring the contest.

75 thoughts on “Betting $2,500 On One Hand of Blackjack”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    LOL! Oh man, that’s awesome. That guy’s got balls for putting all that on a single hand.

    1. S Ahsan says:

      He didnt have an option, that was the rule.. he had to bet it all in 1 hand!

      1. Ed Lau says:

        Or he could’ve taken his $1500 and left. He could’ve potentially came out with nothing.

        1. Lyndon Reid says:

          It was way more fun to throw the cash down. 🙂

          1. And ultimately more rewarding too! Fortune favours the bold….well done dude! I like it!

      2. John Chow says:

        No, he had the option to just take $1,000 plus the $500 airfare and walk away.

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  2. Joshua says:

    I feel like my commenting would compromise the video, therefore I have made this comment completely pointless and unrevealing.

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    Wow. Nice cut by Shoe.

    1. yeah, no kidding. Amazing luck man! Congrats!
      – Luke

    1. Risky plays pay off though. Win big or lose big.

  4. Damir says:

    WOW, awesome, that made me laugh a lot.
    That’s the best hand I’ve seen so far. There are huge pots busted but this one is the best I’ve seen. Really I have to take a look at it again 😀

    1. Damir says:

      Heh heh heh heh wacth her face heh heh heh 😀

  5. C.Whyte says:

    Wow, that was epic! How much did he win on that hand? I know you get a bit more for getting blackjack.

    1. John Chow says:

      A blackjack pays 2.5 to 1 so he walked away with $6,250.

      1. S Ahsan says:

        That is simply amazing! and shoes hands are gold; nice cut 😉

      2. Michael Kwan says:

        I wish blackjacks paid out 2.5 to 1. It pays 3 to 2 (or 1.5 to 1, if you prefer) on a standard table.

        1. John Chow says:

          True but depends on how you look at it. It is 3.2 and the dealer does pay out at 1.5 but you get back 2.5 when it’s all done. 😛

      3. wow $ 6250 is really good amount john

        1. Great amount, now time to go spend it lol.

  6. Hope he gave the dealer a nice tip

    1. haah…yeah. He owes her.
      – Luke

  7. chester says:

    That’s cool. I would have bet it all on black at the roulette table.

    1. John Chow says:

      The red/black bet on roulette pays 1 to 1. It wouldn’t be as exciting as hitting a blackjack.

  8. buzz says:

    Awesome catch, John.

    Here’s the question though: how much did he tip Donna?

    Got to have been at least $100, I hope!

    1. John Chow says:

      Donna got a couple of $100 chips.

      1. The sad thing with tipping croupiers is that they are generally not allowed to keep their tips, and it goes back to the house…..this is to prevent croupiers from inadvertently benefitting winning punters…..

  9. Wizno says:

    That’s EPIC! Can’t wait to make it out to my first ASW.

  10. That was INCREDIBLE! I loved it. Great ending to a great story. +m2

  11. Zac Johnson says:

    That was awesome… the odds of that happening in an 8 card deck is so unlikely! Congrats! Made for an EPIC promotion that will go viral.

  12. David says:

    Nice! I wish I could have been there….

  13. cool he is lucky guy 😀

  14. Lawrence says:

    2 words: Lucky SOB

    He did have balls to bet it all, but also smart to not get greedy and bet it all/play again.

  15. Simon Bunker says:

    Lucky Lucky B**stard! great video

  16. Lawrence says:

    I hope, at the very least, he bought Shoemoney a drink – he’s the lucky accomplice that cut the deck.

  17. That’s probably more than he will ever make on blogging in his life, so he should call it a day!

  18. i think the guy very lucky one.

  19. It’s all about the cut! Exciting video to watch.

  20. Paul B says:

    F**king awesome! Massive kudos for having to the balls put it on the line.

  21. Its all about Luck i think :p

  22. Damn, crazy video 🙂 i would like to be there too, so funny party 🙂

  23. Wow. I would have had to take the bet. I love Blackjack, to the point where I have learned to card count. I guess that would not be a useful skill in this challenge, but hey, never know! And imagine if you hit 21! $6,250 if my bad mental math is right.

    1. John Chow says:

      No need to imagine it because Lyndon did it! LOL

  24. Go big or go home! Congrats on the big win Lyndon!!

  25. You can’t beat that hand. I bet that was a great moment for Lyndon.

  26. Geiger says:

    Finally a good post from John Chow! It’s been a while!!!!

  27. fas says:

    John when will you listen to reader feedback. Vimeo is so dam slow, it takes ages for video to load really. Please upload on youtube as well.

  28. TradeProfits says:

    Haha. Thats awsome! Good pick..

  29. brad says:

    that was epic!

      1. David says:

        it was all won money, so why not go for it! I would!

  30. Congrats Lyndon! That is awesome!! lol

  31. Who dares wins! I like it. I think the fact that Jeremy cut the cards gave some of the Shoemoney mojo to Lyndon. Excellent stuff! Hitting a Blackjack straight out of the box like this is something really special!

  32. Sure is a lot of money to put on the line, big risk but sure paid off.

  33. He proved once again that he is lucky dude …

    His luck is running so I think now he should give try to some big shots.

  34. That’s crazy to put that much money on one hand of cards.

    1. Well, he did commit to doing that as part of the deal if he was voted the winner, and kudos to Lyndon for both sticking to his word and winning big too!

  35. Ray Ebersole says:

    Great video. I’m very surprised they weren’t on you in a heartbeat with the camera out.

    1. John Chow says:

      The pit boss did said no cameras and I kinda pretended that I turned it off. 😛

      1. David says:

        John’s always sneaky…lol

  36. Bibokz says:

    I preferred to get the 2,000 on my hand and never spin a roulette or draw a card. Then walk with some hot chick and have a couple of chit chat and drinks. That would do for me…

  37. That is Ridiculous! I was pumped up watching it and I’m not even attached to anyone in the video, thats pretty cool!

  38. purposeinc says:

    I am so glad you got that on video. I was so nervous for him watching! I saw it with my own eyes standing there, and still don’t believe it!

  39. Nathan says:

    Reid….That’s awesome BRO!!! Congrats!!

  40. Sherwin says:

    The Law of Attraction!

  41. Bidet says:

    Wow that is amazing, he got so lucky. Congrats on winning all that money.

  42. Fantastic!

    Personally I would have tried roulette. The 50/50 odds are much more appealing to me than trying to get my poor skills in blackjack at a $2,500 hand.

    Really cool that you gave him the option of betting it all for more money. I would have done the same thing in his shoes. Live life to its fullest, I say!

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