Tony Bloom is a feared presence at any poker table but on Monday the biggest wager of this renowned gambler, the £200 million investment in Brighton, paid off with their promotion to the Premier League.
Chairman Tony Bloom, whose millions have led to Brighton's inspiring elevation, said: "It feels unbelievable".
"I've been here for two years and four months but there are supporters out there who have been through all the hard periods, supporting this club for 20 to 30 years", said manager Chris Hughton, one of the most likeable figures in English football.
He said: "We have to strengthen, that goes without saying".
"This is not the first step, because we've had many steps to get to this position".
"It would be unbelievable for us (winning the title), we're one win away and we'll try everything to do it on Friday, and if not Friday, we'll try and do it against Bristol City at home", he said "Some players never get memories like this in their career, so it's fantastic for us".
True, it now looks unlikely that we're going to end the season as champions, but is that really so important?
"We played all right at Newcastle even though we got nothing".
"We recruited well early in the season, in the summer, but it was a real steely determination from the group of players that wanted to do it again".
Among those good players is Anthony Knockaert, the 25-year-old French winger, formerly at Leicester, who was signed in January last year from Standard Liege and was voted this season's Championship's player of the year.
"We gave a great account of ourselves and certainly deserved something".
He added: "Brighton have got that quality and they have done a fantastic job".
I don't know about you but I felt a hell of a lot worse then. Less than twenty years after the Seagulls were withering in England fourth division, they've made the long and hard climb back up the pyramid. Still the clubs most recent visit to the national stadium. The Frenchman was promoted with Leicester in 2014 but Foxes manager Nigel Pearson handed him just three league starts the following year, preferring the creative talents of Riyad Mahrez.
We're reminded of the money we've spent on the current squad and the "laughable" fact that we aren't walking the league.