Charles Wells was so famous that they wrote a musical song about him: “The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo.”  In fact, Wells broke the bank three times.  He was not a well-known gambler, he used no “system,” he was not in the least bit dashing (he was, in fact, a fat Englishman), and after his staggering successes he was never seen again in the casino.

The first two times he broke the bank was in 1891 (that is, won the 100,000 francs “bank” allocated to each table) he did so by putting even-money bets on black and red and winning every time.  On the third occasion he placed his opening bet on the number five, at odds of thirty-five to one, and won.  He left his original bet on the number, added his winnings to it, and won again.

He did this five times, all told, and each time the number five came up for him.  The bank was broke again, and Charles Wells left quietly with his winnings.  He is said by some who had met him to be a slightly sinister man.

(Reader’s Digest Association Inc, Mysteries of the Unexplained, p. 59; The Unexplained:  Mysteries of Mind, Space and Time, Vol 3, Issue 32)