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The Reel Life

11 September 2008

Does less really mean more? As far as the Reel Life is concerned, it all depends on who you ask.

Duarte F of Portugal and Mikhael J of France certainly wouldn't agree with that popular expression considering they won €501,000 and €153,000 respectively while playing online slots at Europa Casino last week.

But what about Paul Baldwin of New Hampshire and Don Gorske from Wisconsin? It seems these two fellows should have taken the less is more idiom to heart. Baldwin was held on $10,000 bail earlier this summer after he was apprehended for stealing a can of beer. Ten grand for a 12 ounce of suds, you ask? While it may seem excessive, we must also report that this was Mr. Baldwin's 152nd arrest. That's right, 1-5-2! When a judge asked Baldwin if he wanted a lawyer appointed for him, he responded, "I don't need a lawyer. I've been in this court more than you have."

Then there's the case of our friend from the Midwest, the 54-year-old Gorske whose claim to fame is that he's eaten 23,000 Big Macs from McDonald's during the last 36 years. Yes, that's right, Twenty-three thousand! Fox News reported that he kept a receipt for every burger he purchased. Gorske said he has obsessive-compulsive disorder and began tracking his Big Mac habit because he was fascinated with how McDonald's tracks the number of its customers. Whatever floats your boat Donny!

Get in the fast lane grandma, the Bingo game is ready to roll!

But let's get back to what we do best here at the Reel Life, and that's report on slot winners in cyberspace. Other than our two lucky winners at Europa, congrats also go out this week to a player going by the name of Power54, who walked away with a £100,000 jackpot at bet365 Casino and, in turn, struggled to come to terms with how much this massive sum would change his or her life.

"I couldn't believe my eyes when I landed the jackpot," Power54 said. "I'm really trying to calm down a bit, but it's impossible - this win has changed my life and that of my family forever."

Get in the fast lane grandma, the Bingo game is ready to roll!

And then there's the Sophie M of the U.K. who scooped up a £84,978 jackpot at William Hill Casino, less than one month after cashing in for £102,000.

Sophie landed her latest big windfall on the Gold Rush Showdown slot, after a spin qualified her for a bonus round. A mixture of skill and luck saw her successfully negotiate the 'Shoot 'Em Up' bonus on the Wild West style game, where she found the elusive three diamonds in the villain's loot, bagging her the progressive jackpot.

"As soon as I won the jackpot, I ran upstairs and woke my husband up to tell him; I think I gave him quite a shock!" Sophie said. "We sat for the next half hour not quite believing what had just happened and in the morning we both had to ask each other if it was a dream that we were lucky enough to have won a second jackpot."

Sophie won the first big jackpot at the start of August, when she picked up £102,718 on the Pharaohs Treasure slot for just a £4.50 spin.

William Hill spokeswoman Jennie Prest said, "We've never had a dual jackpot winner on our Vegas site so Sophie is a first for us and we are delighted for her. To win one jackpot can be life changing for anyone, but in winning two Sophie is one lucky lady."

Get in the fast lane grandma, the Bingo game is ready to roll!

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