Gambler Loses $650k Then Leaps From 13th Floor To DeathSeptember 20, 2010 11:10 am
A 51 year old man’s life ended in tragedy after losing HK$5 million ($650,000) playing baccarat on a Hong Kong floating casino before then leaping to his death from the top floor of the 13-deck ship.
On Saturday, the Chinese gambler known as Xu had started his two-day gambling cruise on the ‘SuperStar Aquarius’ and continued gambling at the baccarat table until it closed at 8 a.m. on the Sunday.
The man believed to be a real estate speculator must have gone into a gambling frenzy during his marathon losing session as losing the staggering amount was more than he could handle.
Xu then wandered the deck for an hour before he was seen jumping to his death at around 9.50am., when the ship was south of the Kwo Chau islands.
The rescue services were subsequently alerted and after an hour of searching were able to recover his body at sea.
The ship’s doctor certified him as dead and after the vessel pulled into Hong Kong harbour at 12.30pm, a police spokesman classified the incident as “man overboard,” with no suspicious circumstances.
The Star Cruises gambling vessel was carrying 1,500 passengers at the time and sails daily out of Hong Kong into international waters, away from the gambling restrictions of mainland China.
The Chinese have long been known to enjoy a flutter and now with an increasing disposable income per head, each year £900 million is wagered illegally in China.
As well as boasting an ever increasing number of super-rich in the country of 1.32 billion people, credit card debt in China has also surged by an incredible 14.4% in Q4 of 2010.
Anyone not settling their credit card debt within a three month period can then be subject to a criminal prosecution.