The game of poker gained immense popularity all over the world after Chris Moneymaker, an amateur poker player and accountant won $2.5 million and a gold bracelet after winning the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event. That win appears to have done more for the game of poker than any ingenious marketing promotion as it motivated and inspired a generation of amateur poker players into believing that they could become the next Moneymaker.
Charlie Carrel would have been just 8 years old when Moneymaker created history at the 2003 WSOP. Carrel who is now 22, has kept a very low profile on the poker circuit but his accomplishments during the last four years have been phenomenal. He recently appeared on the How’d You Get So Rich show and was interviewed by Katherine Ryan who got the young poker player from London to open up about his accomplishments at the poker table.
Carrel from an early age found that he was a maths geek and was tremendously gifted with analytical skills. His talent at maths kind of went against him in school as other kids bullied him for his superior abilities at math. This kind of treatment at school forced Carrel to learn how to hide his emotions from an early age and maintain a ‘poker face’. He was also smart enough to realize that his talent with numbers could help make him a lot of money if it was used the right way.
He decided to spend time studying the game of poker and learning as much as he can about strategy, skills and being consistent at winning. Carrel did not rush into the poker scene but spent years studying the nuances of poker and finally decided at the age of 18 to test his knowledge at poker and see how it worked out.
Since online poker is legal in the United Kingdom and Carrel realized that he could play online poker from the comfort of his home and decided to put down £10 as his first bet. It did not take him long to realize that there was a lot of money to be made playing poker and he made the decision to fully focus on the game as he wasn’t very interested in pursuing the usual rat race and holding down a 9 to 6 job. At the start of his poker career, he was playing seven days a week and spending as much as 16 hours per day.
Carrel soon developed a winning strategy that helped him to be consistent at the poker table. He also made the decision to switch from playing online poker to live poker and it proved to be a great decision as he ended up turning his £10 wager into £3 million during a four year period. One of his most memorable wins on the live poker circuit is winning over £1 million during the European Poker Tour final.
The poker lifestyle has also allowed the Londoner to travel extensively playing poker tournaments all over the world. He has had a great start to 2017 winning over $100,000 at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas in January and then went on to win A$100,000 at the Aussie Millions in Melbourne. The Hendon Mob currently ranks Carrel 6th on England’s all time money list and the Global Poker Index (GPI) ranks his in 34th place.
Carrel’s not let his success get to his head as he states that he does not have an attachment to money or cravings to splurge money on fancy things. His biggest splurge so far was when he took his friends to Amsterdam and showed them a good time. He told Katherine Ryan that he does not have an emotional connection to money and wouldn’t feel justified in buying himself a fancy car.
He admits that he likes adding to his bankroll and seeing his bank account grow but that’s only because he realizes there is so much need out there in the world and he is hoping that he can play a small part in meeting that need. Carrel’s story is sure to inspire many more amateur poker players all over the world who will once again believe that they can become millionaires playing poker.

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