University Drop-Out Wins $1.5M At Poker Tournament

Sky News:– A university drop-out from Essex has won more than $1.5m (£1.2m) in the final of the world’s most prestigious poker tournament.

Nick Marchington, 21, was in with a chance of becoming the youngest person to win the competition before he was knocked out on Sunday.

He was competing for the top prize money of $10m (£8m) before he was eliminated in Las Vegas, but his seventh place finish means he still walked away with £1,525,000.

Mr Marchington was one of nine contenders in the Word Series Of Poker tournament final, having beaten more than 8,500 players to claim his place.

The former student has only been playing professionally for a year after he dropped out of his computer science degree at the University of Hertfordshire to gamble full time.

He wrote in a Twitter post on Monday: “I am thrilled with coming seventh in the main (event).

“It’s been a fun ride and has been the most exciting week of my life.”

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