Gambler Loses Big on Cruise Ship, Jumps to his Death

Posted Sep 21st 2010 10:21 AMUpdated Sep 21st 2010 10:38 AM

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A 51-year-old Chinese man jumped to his death from a cruise ship after apparently losing more than $386,000 in the casino.

The gambler, identified as Xu, was a passenger on the SuperStar Aquarius, operated by Asian cruise line Star Cruises.

The 1,500-passenger ship was on its way back to Hong Kong after a two-day party cruise when the incident occurred, according to local news reports.

Xu was seen betting at a gaming table after dinner, and remained at the table until 8 a.m., according to other passengers.

After the big losses, he reportedly wandered around the top deck of the 13-deck ship for about an hour before taking his fatal leap.

A spokesman for Star Cruises says the captain was alerted someone had fallen into the sea, stopped the ship and called in rescue teams.

The man's body was retrieved. Police ruled out foul play.



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grabmygozey

he probably took a loan from some loansharks in china. when he didn't win and have the money to pay them back...henwould wind up dead anyway

October 15 2010 at 8:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julie

Are there 3 billion Asian's? I did hear that they make up 60% of the world population. They need to stop breeding to leave some room for the rest of us!

September 22 2010 at 1:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick

I enjoy gambling but don't do it very often even though there are several casinos within easy driving distance.

I have NEVER expected to "get rich" gambling, and I NEVER bet more than I'm willing to lose.

Even with those guidelines, I can tell you I've lost more money over time than I ever won no matter whether I was playing a slot machine or a table game.

Afterall, most people DO LOSE when they gamble - if they didn't there wouldn't be a casino anywhere in the world left operating because theyd all have gone out-of-busines.

Just remember, a casino is in business to make a profit by taking money from you - NOT give it to you.

September 22 2010 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Steven R. Russell

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23).

September 22 2010 at 12:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Helen Pearl Friedman

Had this gentleman watched the made-for-tv movie, "Going for Broke," on Lifetime channel, perhaps this tragedy would have been prevented. This is necessary viewing for every gambler. It takes place in a Gamblers' Anonymous meeting and would make anyone think twice before making his/her next bet. How sad.

September 22 2010 at 12:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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slinky

maybe they don't have the lifetime channel in china.

September 22 2010 at 1:29 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzie

Of course the table games are rigged and the dealers know all the tricks. On a cruise ship, there is no state gaming commission regulating the games. Any thing goes to get the poor suckers money. Very sad that he couldn't control his urge to beat the odds, which were against him from the start. The first time I played blackjack, I was dealt 2 face cards. Thought it was great, until the dealer turned up with 21. After a few rounds, I once again was dealt 2 face cards and once again the dealer had 21. The third time this happened, I quit and have never played blackjack again.

September 21 2010 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ron

You got to know when to hold them
Know when to fold them
Know when to walk away
Know when to jump.

September 21 2010 at 11:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SONNY

HE DIDN'T KNOW WHEN TO FOLD EM'OR HOLD EM',SO HE TRIED TO SWIM AWAY.............

September 21 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SONNY

I can't figure out why the guy killed himself,when all he had to do was come to the good old U.S.A. He could have gotten taken care of for the rest of his life without ever working a minute in the U.S.

September 21 2010 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marc

Keith....LOL. RIGGED for him to lose? I'd say so. Every casino in the world is "rigged" for people to lose. You are playing against mathematical odds. Games of chance cannot be beat over time. You can minimize losses by playing correctly but it's not a profitable venture.

September 21 2010 at 11:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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