Maths LAD Makes £3 Million Pounds Using His Skills To Play Poker

If you had been gifted with an incredible talent for working with numbers how would you use it?

Become an Oxbridge university professor and inspire the next generation of world-class mathematicians? Do some mad maths/science shit (not going to pretend to know the intricacies of it) and find a way of turning piss into fuel? Pull the country's economy back from the brink of destruction using your razor-sharp mind?

Bollocks - you'd move in with your nan, play 16 hours of internet poker a day and make yourself a millionaire.

Well, that's exactly the dream that 22-year-old Charlie Carrel from London is now living.

Credit: Charlie Carrel/Twitter

The Star Trek fan's answer to Dan Bilzerian first tried his hand at online poker when he was just 8-years-old and developed a bit of a taste for it.

"A bit of a taste" is putting it lightly to be honest, because this particular lad has been practicing 16 hours a day, 7 days a week ever since and as a result, is now shit hot at it.

All his hard work and study paid off and he managed to turn his first £10 bet into a staggering £3 million.

For all the money he's made, Carrel's head remains out of his own arse and he actually comes across as refreshingly grounded for a young guy with several million pounds.

"I would probably never buy an expensive car because I don't think I could ever justify it to myself," he told Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan.

Carrel revealed all this on Ryan's new Channel 4 show, How'd You Get So Rich.


Credit: Channel 4

The show, somewhat unsurprisingly, aims to find out how people got so rich. It focuses on people who've acquired their riches through unusual means, such as hobbies or clever tricks - categories of which Charlie Carrel fits both.

Born in Jersey, Carrel moved to London with his family when he was younger. After realising there was money to be made in poker he moved back to Jersey and began practicing.

"I had no life for a very long time," he said. "For about eight months I was playing poker 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

"I had better options in my social life, but it was because I realised poker could be such a massive opportunity and it could be life-changing and my way out of a nine-to-five, I took the gamble and it paid off."

Carrel has now graduated from online games and plays live. His biggest win to date netted him a cool £1 million pounds.

Ever get the feeling you're in the wrong job?

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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