How Did Charlie Carrel Get So Rich?April 7, 2017 11:51 am
This week, the UK TV show “How’d You Get So Rich” gave a unique insight into the life of one of the country’s top poker players, Charlie Carrel. Apparently, the Londoner has always enjoyed an affinity for maths, and after depositing £10 at an online poker site aged 18, he then became adept at the game and now aged 22 has amassed more than $5,246,549 in winnings.
Elaborating further on his path to success, Carrel said being a maths geek lacking social skills meant that he attracted the attention of bullies at school, resulting in him shunning a social life in favor of countless hours playing poker. As he explains:
“I had no life for a very long time. For about eight months I was playing 16 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Nevertheless, it was only after he turned his focus on the live tournament game that his career really took off, and after three small cashes in 2014, he eventually closed out the year with victory at the £2,125 GUKPT Main Event Grand Final for £108,625 ($170,950). The following year, Carrel then claimed the €25,500 Monte Carlo High Roller for €1,114,000 ($1,241,682), and he has since enjoyed continued success with his latest huge score coming after finishing runner-up at the 2017 PSC Bahamas $100k Super High Roller for $1,191,900.
Carrel is currently ranked number 6 on England’s ‘All Time Money List’ with his annual earnings as follows; 2014 ($186,221), 2015 ($1,509,380), 2016 ($2,123,646), and 2017 ($1,427,302). However, he says that he has no ” emotional attachment to money” and in the past has enjoyed spending money on his friends. As he explains:
“I always told myself and my friends if I won something big I was going to take them to Amsterdam, and it was the most insane trip I have ever had. We barely left the hotel because it was so amazing, and I spent an amount of money I would not like to say. But we had what all of us have described as the best time of our lives. It was worth it for the memories.”