Nope. The reason he was going after the big money was to redeem everyone. He was thinking about everyone else before he got the chop.
He tried desperately to validate their demise, to make it so that their deaths accomplished something by winning the money and helping everyone out.
Sahara, Ishida, Ota, and everyone else experienced the true essence of gambling - a meaningless death. Kaiji was trying to retroactively change that and make their deaths amount to something by defeating the chairman and getting the money. Unfortunately, he fell to the Chairman's craftiness.
As Sun Tsu once said:
"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."