Putting Winnings to Good Use
November 14, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — Ladbrokes Poker internet player James Sudworth a.k.a. James666 is putting to good use the £25,000 he won in the recently completed LEOCOP series of poker competitions, where he finished top of the leader board. The 22-year-old from Kent, who has won over £200,000 playing online poker and could win up to £1 Million in the gambling firm's Poker Million series in December, is using some of his wealth to put his mother through a speech therapy course at a local university.
The youthful professional player is typical of the many smart and skilled young guns appearing — and winning — in major poker tournaments all over the world. Earlier this month another 22-year-old, Peter Eastlake from Denmark, became the youngest player ever to win the World Series of Poker main event, pocketing $9.1 million by beating his 23-year-old heads up opponent, who took home over $5 million.
Sudworth opted out of A level media studies to become a bar manager, where he was introduced to the game and found he had a talent for it. His past wins have included a Caribbean poker cruise with Ladbrokes Poker as well as poker trips to Madrid and Killarney in Ireland after he became a professional player two years ago.
He has a mature approach to the game, and advises novices to always play within their means: "I started around the £10 mark,which is cheaper than an average night out which at that time could easily cost around £30 – £40.
The young player plans to move the United States to develop his poker career further, but handles his winnings with care, investing some in a short film directed by a friend which has been accepted for screening on Channel 4.