Tony Bloom is a feared presence at any poker table but on Monday the biggest wager of this renowned gambler, the £200 million investment in Brighton, paid off with their promotion to the Premier League.
It would take Brighton losing all their remaining three games and third-placed Huddersfield overturning a 32-goal swing for the club to not be playing in the Premier League next season.
The affable Hughton told the Voice of Sport at the start of January: "We've also got good experience in the side".
Goalkeeper David Stockdale reckons securing promotion has silenced the critics who claimed Brighton were destined to repeat last season's meltdown.
Chris Hughton has dedicated Brighton & Hove Albion's promotion to the staff and supporters who came through "the hard periods" after victory against Wigan Athletic ensured his team returned to the top flight after a 34-year absence. "We recruited well early in the season, in the summer, but it was a real steely determination from the group of players that wanted to do it again". Although that was before the Premier League invented football, so it clearly doesn't count.
Sone Aluko and Neeskens Kebano settled matters as the numerical disadvantage came to bear in the second period. We were desperate to keep the main players who had done so well last season. "This was a club that had been in the play-offs two years running before I got here, so it wasn't a club that was used to being at the bottom end of the division".
"We were in a bad position when he came in", Bloom said. The first stage was to get us to stay up. Everyone is impressed with the job he's done at Brighton. He did that. It wasn't pretty or easy, but you have that in football. "He's a local man and has invested an incredible amount of money in this football club", Hughton said after the match at Amex Stadium.
Asked what his club will bring to the Premier League, Bloom replied: 'A great city, a great fan base, an awesome stadium sold out every game, and hopefully on the pitch we will do the city and our supporters proud.