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From the Mill to Monte Carlo

The Working Class Englishman Who Beat the Monaco Casino and Changed Gambling Forever

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Author: Anne Fletcher

The story of a man who went from Yorkshire mill worker to Monte Carlo millionaire.

Joseph Hobson Jagger was the only Monte Carlo gambler to devise an infallible and completely legal system. He was not a gentleman or an aristocrat; he was a working class Victorian man who entered the textile mills of Bradford to work when he was a child. What led a man like this to travel to the entirely alien world of the south of France at a time when most people still lived and died within a few miles of where they were born? The trains that took him to Monte Carlo were relatively new and still dangerous, he did not speak French and he had never before left the north of England. His motivation was strong and desperate. Jagger, his wife and four children, the youngest of whom was only two, faced debtors’ prison, an institution which was brutal and harsh and from which many were never released. His business had failed and the only escape seemed to be a desperate gamble on the roulette tables.

Jagger’s legacy is felt in casinos worldwide. The spirit levels on tables and moveable partitions in the wheels that were introduced after he broke the bank make it nearly impossible to win with his methods now, although many still try.

Book ISBN 9781445671390

Book Format Hardback

pages 304 pages

Publication Date 15 Jul 2018

Height 234

Width 156

Illustrations 35

Available on: Sunday 15th July 2018

Regular Price: £20.00

Special Price: £18.00

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