It is understood that while most casino games are based on luck, poker is a game of skill. Because of this, professional poker players can claim their winnings as “earned income” rather than game spoils. Darrell Sheets may be known as “The Gambler” in “Storage Wars,” but his game is a game of skill through and through.
Sheets might seem like the most unlikely power player with his frequent nonsense and total disregard for sleeves, but he’s made the most money of anyone else on the show by far, with earnings of $842,469. His rise to the top began in earnest in the Season 3 episode “Portrait of the Gambler” when a trip to Montebello ended with Sheets receiving hundreds of original artworks by Francisco Gutiérrez worth $300,000.
Sheets then declared himself “King of Montebello,” and the city continued to pay him back, earning him a total of $385,550. That additional $85,000 alone is more than almost any other city paid out to all buyers combined, and three of the five cities that exceed that $85,000 threshold would fall short of the amount if Sheets own Revenue generated would be deducted from the total.
The man has nearly twice as many $10,000 paydays (15) as losses of any size (8) and at the end of 14 seasons is only half a Gutiérrez locker away from a cool million. It’s not just luck, it’s skill, and that’s why Darrell Sheets is number one.
No premiere date has been announced for Storage Wars Season 15, but hopefully Sheets will be back in the fight to keep his status intact.