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This improvement in transparency in both bricks and mortar and online casinos as well as the cleaner image that the gambling industry has worked hard to portray now draws millions through real and virtual casino doors.
Poker tournaments are one of the biggest paying competitions today and are televised to viewers around the world, and viewers watch as fortunes are won and lost, and playing poker was exactly the was one student paid his way through his university years.
Anmol Srivats earned himself in the region of £80,000 playing poker and reportedly winning up to a massive £6,000 on a single hand.
Mr Srivats, a maths undergraduate, has spent his last four years using his numeracy skills online and playing poker tournaments whilst studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Usually students leave Uni with a debt hanging about their neck to the amount of £10,00 or more but Mr Srivats has earned an average of £20,000 each year due to his poker talents.
In his first year Mr Srivats won an amazing £50,000, managing to bank £6,000 in a single hand. When questioned the final year student from Bangalore explained that he started his poker career at only age 15 winning £240 in an online poker tournament after his father had given him just £8.
Mr Srivats is reported as saying “I cover my living expenses each year, but I know it is possible to lose money very quickly, and I don’t spend lots of money on flashy things.” He also went on the say “Its about making my life a little better – I sometimes eat at restaurants instead of eating hall food, or take a taxi instead of walking.”
Some of Mr Srivats biggest wins include £5,700 in one hand and £16,000 in an online tournament.
When asked about his future plans Mr Srivats said that he felt that his poker playing actually benefits his degree as the game benefits his maths rather than the other way about, and that the same skills that make him a good poker player also make him good at math.
Twenty two year old Mr Srivats has plans to work as a trader after he has completed university feeling that this would be a natural transition for him.