Akio Kashiwagi

Akio Kashiwagi 柏木昭男, Kashiwagi Akio, also known as "The Warrior"; 1938 – January 3, 1992 was a wealthy Tokyo-based real estate investor who was known for the large amounts of money he wagered at Las Vegas and Atlantic City casinos1


  • 1 Business background
  • 2 Gambling habits
  • 3 Murder
  • 4 References

Business backgroundedit

Kashiwagi owned a home and office in Tokyo, out of which he ran the Kashiwagi Shoji Company He stated that he was the sole principal of his real estate and investment business He claimed an income of a hundred million dollars a year, and a billion dollars in assets His finances were so secretive that a credit review for casino officials declared his profession only as 'business'

Gambling habitsedit

Kashiwagi regularly played baccarat for large sums, betting $100,000 or $200,000 a hand, for hours at a time He later got into a legal wrangle with the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City in 1990 over a deal in which Kashiwagi was to bet $12 million Kashiwagi left the casino with two million dollars in chips, having lost ten million He claimed the casino had failed to hold up its end of the deal2 The character of KK Ichikawa played by Nobu Matsuhisa in the film Casino was based on Akio Kashiwagi3 Kashiwagi's gambling successes at Donald Trump's Taj Mahal casino, followed by his recorded losses there and in other establishments, are narrated in Adam Curtis' documentary HyperNormalisation Based on a story published in Politico magazine4, it is alleged that his violent, unsolved murder caused Trump to lose millions of dollars in unrecovered gambling debts


On January 3, 1992, Kashiwagi was killed, stabbed as many as 150 times with a samurai sword His body was discovered in his home in Japan near Mount Fuji1 At the time of his death, Kashiwagi still had casino debts in millions of dollars The murder was never solved


  1. ^ a b Published: January 12, 1992 1992-01-12 "A Top Gambler Is Killed Owing Casinos Millions - New York Times" New York Times Retrieved 2013-08-20 
  2. ^ Matt Assad 2010-06-26 "High rollers expect, and get, easy credit from casinos - Morning Call" Articlesmcallcom Retrieved 2013-08-20 
  3. ^ "Gaming's Art | Gambling movies, music, paintings, literature novels, poetry The Art of Gambling" Artistcasinocom 2013-08-12 Archived from the original on 2016-10-19 Retrieved 2013-08-20 
  4. ^ "The whale that nearly drowned the Donald" 

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