Gambling’s Biggest Losers Infographic

Feb 2, 2011 by     No Comments    Posted under: Featured
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This infographic comes to us from FruitMachine.me.uk and covers gambling’s biggest losers. Upon submitting this infographic, the folks at Fruit Machine had the following to say:

If you’ve ever felt crushed at losing a few dollars at the race track or blowing ten dollars on a lottery ticket then spare a thought for those gamblers who took it to the max! The Biggest Losers infographic, shows the extreme losers in gambling, these people really didn’t know when to stop.

From the $127 million lost by Terrance Watanabe to the $14 million lost by Australian business Kerry Packer it’s all here, read them and weep. Some gamblers take losing well, others try to sue the casinos and one gambler bounces $16 million worth of checks. Plus read about the Jockey who nearly bankrupted every bookmaker in the United Kingdom.

The infographic provides a cautionary tale for those with wealthy people and no impulse control.

All in all, there are some pros and cons to this infographic. Let’s start with the pros: I like how they use the Biggest Loser TV show font for the title. That’s a pretty fun addition. I love the background and the use of different sized poker chips to call out different amounts of losses.

Now for the cons: Unfortunately, this infographic falls under the same problems of other infographics that I’ve seen submitted to this site. The problem is simple: there’s WAY TOO MUCH TEXT. An infographic is supposed to be a “graphical display of information.” This is not. This is a lot of text with pretty pictures next to it. There’s other things online that are similar: articles. This infographic should have a lot less text. Important numbers should be called out by being larger, a different font, or a different color. Pictures of the losers should be included on the infographic. There should be graphs to chart all of the biggest wins and losses. Instead, this is mainly an article. Every time you create an infographic ask yourself one simple question: Can this be read just like an article? If the answer is “yes” then you have more work to do.



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