A 21-year-old Economics graduate has decided to pursue a career in playing poker after winning £60,000.
Harry Lodge has scooped the staggering cash prize just weeks after graduating and is now looking to set up home in London after going against 520 competitors from across the globe in a tough three day tournament.
“I didn’t plan on getting a job for the last one and a half years of my degree”
The finance guru from Haywards Heath, outlasted 514 opponents to win the The Sky UK Poker Chamionships 6-max Series main event at Dusk Till Dawn in Nottingham - Europe’s largest poker venue - last week.
Harry, who graduated from Exeter University, said his parents are finally coming round to the idea of him making a career out of playing tournaments around the world.
“Nothing compares to this,” said Harry.
Two years ago Harry had his first major success, winning £28,000 in a tournament on the Isle of Man
“I didn’t plan on getting a job for the last one and a half years of my degree. First my parents weren’t too please, especially my dad, but they became more supportive after I won £28,000, that gave them a bit more confidence, and now with £60,000, has turned it around a bit.
“Poker has a misconception it’s shady and underground but it’s as much a skilled game as chess or backgammon.
“On a day-to-day, it’s easy to up and down. It’s like trading or stock broking. In the long run you will have a positive income if you are good enough at it.”
Harry has been playing for big money since he was 18.
“I’ve been playing since before I was 18, at college, we played in the evenings.
“I learnt on the internet how to get better, then at 18 started doing it online and it went from there.”
Now he is planning to set up home in London with his girlfriend.
Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong said: “It’s a fantastic result for Harry - an incredible achievement for a player who has only been playing the game for such a relatively short period of time.”