A mysterious real estate tycoon from Japan who is said to have had ties to the Yakuza, was one of the biggest casino whales of them all. He earned himself the nickname, “The Warrior” and routinely bet $200k on a single hand of baccarat, which is among the most popular casino games for high rollers, in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, and Monte Carlo.
In early 1990, he was lured to Atlantic City by another real estate magnate, Donald Trump, to play at one of Donald Trump’s three casinos there. By all accounts, in just two nights this tycoon won nearly $6m of Trump’s money. But Donald would have the last laugh, as he made a deal to return and gamble $12m until he either doubled it or lost it all. After $10m in losses, he called it quits and headed back to Japan while still owing Trump money.
It is estimated that the Japanese tycoon owed as much as $15m in gambling debts to various casino owners, and this could be one of the reasons why, in 1992, he was found dead in his home, stabbed 150 times with a samurai sword. His killer has never been found. Talk about crazy casino whale stories – this one may be the craziest of all!