Talal Shakerchi Takes The EPT London High Roller Title
By his own admission, Talal Shakerchi is not a professional poker or speed poker player. Instead he makes his living – and a pretty decent one at that – as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meditor, a hedge fund management firm that specialises in equities.
But despite his lack of a 'title', Shakerchi would fit right into his adoptive world, especially after his recent success at the European Poker Tour (EPT) London £10,000 High Roller event, an event that Shakerchi won for £436,330.
The win is the largest on Shakerchi's record and his fourth six figure score since he started playing poker just five years ago. It was a hobby that spilled into the brick and mortar world after the investor won an live satellite playing online and he hasn't looked back since.
The £436,330 in prize money is an added bonus for a man who is more interested in the learning experience he receives when mixing it up against some of the greatest players in the world.
To put his victory into perspective, he was one of the 48-players that ponied up $1 million to participate in the Guy Laliberte charity event, The Big One for One Drop at the Betfair WSOP.
In the cookie jar of life, Shakerchi is a smart one, and his education is only going to get better when he logs table experience with the likes of Scott Seiver, Barry Greenstein, Fabian Quoss, and Paul Volpe – as he did in the final few tables of the event that he scooped.
Shakerchi entered the final table of nine with the chip lead and found himself playing heads-up for the title against Faraz Jaka.
The British amateur held a 4:1 chip lead and it was a cooler that finished off proceedings in double-quick fashion. Shakerchi putting Jaka all-in with pocket queens and Jaka woke up with ace-queen. The ace stayed in the pack and Shakerchi was soon holding his shiny new trophy high above his head.