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Author Topic: 'The man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo'. Charles Wells.  (Read 235 times)
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« on: March 18, 2014, 00:13:35 AM »

Charles Wells, a Victorian gambler, confidence trickster and conman who was subject of the famous song, actually broke the Monte Carlo Casino bank many  times in his gambling career with his 'method' of betting on the tables. He won £50,000 on one night, a true fortune at the time and on another visit won a million francs!  This flamboyant character lived the high life and was notorious for his riotous parties, particularly in the London and Paris Hotel in Newhaven (now demolished) where he stayed between cross-channel jaunts on the ferries. In the 1890s he was advised that his parties in the hotel were no longer acceptable and he was asked to leave, after which he bought a house in Fort Road, Newhaven (still there) where he continued his wild lifestyle. We can only guess what his neighbours thought of this! Alas, nothing lasts and Wells served several prison sentences for fraud before dying a pauper in Paris in 1922.

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2017, 20:45:47 PM »

THE MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK.
Wells Committed for Trial.
Charles Wells was again charged at Bow-street this afternoon with defrauding several persons. Miss Frances Budd, of Woolton, Liverpool, said that while living at Worthing in 1889 she answered Wells's advertisement, and had letters from him, with the result that she sent, him £30. Failing to secure a return, she contemplated a prosecution, but found prisoner was at Monte Carlo. After further similar evidence, the Magistrate committed Wells for trial, offering to accept sureties for £ 10 000

Evening Express 8/2/1893
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