Have you ever heard of a player who entered the wagering world with such an incredible beginning that he gained almost instantaneous prominence, only to lose so much money that he became an outcast?
Is this kind of misfortune truly experienced by someone?
Gambling has brought many individuals highs and lows over the years, but one case stands out more than the rest: Anargyros Karabourniotis, also known as Archie Karas.
Archie always knew that his life’s goal would be to gamble. He had no desire to do anything else. Archie, a Greek immigrant, was born into an impoverished, never-rich family. Early on, he realized he did not want to live that lifestyle, so he took measures to alter his future. The fact that he and his father were frequently at variance led to the beginning of Archie’s wagering career.
Archie, unlike most of the other great gamblers, has found himself in a precarious situation over the years and is now permanently removed from the industry he so adored.
Archie Karas was born in Antypata on the Greek island of Kefalonia on November 1, 1950.
He was not born into an affluent family and had a fairly difficult upbringing. His mother was a stay-at-home mother, as she did not work. While Archie’s father labored in construction, she cared for Archie and his siblings.
Archie and his father never saw eye to eye from the start. This gave Archie a pretext to find activities that would keep him away from his father and outside the house.
The family was frequently in such severe circumstances that they were forced to skip meals. This compelled Archie to assist the family and discover methods to generate income so that everyone could feed. His first endeavor was to win the neighboring children’s money by shooting marbles with them. The majority of the time, he would come out on top. This is where he honed his gambling abilities.
When Archie was 15 years old in 1965, his relationship with his father ruptured. While working on a construction project with his father, Archie and his father got into an argument that rapidly turned violent when Archie’s father hurled a spade at his head.
This was enough for Archie; he desired to leave his home and Greece, so he did so. He obtained a position on a ship as a server, where he worked for the next two years until he decided to skip ship on a voyage to Portland, Oregon.
Once in the United States, Archie decided he wished to remain. He hitchhiked from Portland to Los Angeles, where he worked as a waiter and began his wagering career in the bowling alley adjacent to his workplace.
Once he had settled in the United States, his wagering really took off.
Archie frequently found himself at the bowling facility with his colleagues after work. The bowling alley’s rear chamber was furnished with pool tables and gambling tables.
Archie spoke very little English and had never played either of these games before he stepped off the ship. It didn’t take him long to grasp both activities and cultivate extraordinary expertise. By the time he reached the age of 19, Archie vowed he would never again have an actual job.