Brit Student Stuns Crowd with £1.2 Million WSOP Win

University dropout turned poker player Nick Marchington has defied the odds by winning £1.2 million at the World Series of Poker (WSOP).

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British poker player Nick Marchington has won more than £1.2 million after finishing seventh in the WSOP Main Event. (Image: 888poker)

Competing at the annual poker festival, Marchington made the final table of the Main Event. Regarded as poker’s world championship showpiece, the young player paid $10,000/£8,000 to join 8,569 hopefuls.

WSOP Win Marks Career-High for Marchington

Although he failed to win a coveted WSOP bracelet, the 21-year-old did scoop the biggest payout of his career. What’s more, his achievement suggests his decision to leave university early was a wise one.

Taking up poker while at the University of Hertfordshire, Marchington dropped out two years into his computer science degree. Using his knowledge of mathematics to his advantage, he dedicated his time to becoming a world-class player.

That was time well spent as he built up a bankroll big enough to take part in the WSOP. Although it was his first time playing poker legally in Vegas (where you have to be 21+), the occasion didn’t get to him.

When play got underway on July 14, he was already guaranteed £805,154. However, after Milos Skrbic and Timothy Su fell by the wayside, the man from Hornchurch banked an additional £400,000+.

Kings Rule as Brit Falls in Seventh

His demise eventually came at the hands of Hossein Ensan. The German pro held the chip lead at the start of the day and used that to his advantage.

Sensing his A7 was strong enough to push back against Ensan’s aggressive play, Marchington moved all-in. Unfortunately for him, the chip leader had a legitimate hand and made a quick call with pocket kings.

Without any help from the flop, turn or river, the young player was sent to the rail. Despite missing out in an £8 million+ payday, Marchington is still happy with his performance.

Speaking to the WSOP live reporting team, he said he’s already got plans for the money. As well as investing in Bitcoin and property, he’ll use some of his haul to play more tournaments.

Looking at the summer schedule, the Triton London £1 million event might be a bit of a stretch. However, with the Goliath expected to welcome upwards of 7,000 entrants, Marchington has an opportunity to prove he’s got the skills to outlast another bumper field.

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