Willesden poker player sends children slice of winnings

Winning poker player Tamer Kamel from Willesden

Winning poker player Tamer Kamel from Willesden - Credit: Archant

A Willesden man has scooped £92,000 in a game of poker and now plans to send a slice of it to orphaned children in Hondurus.

Pizza restaurant owner Tamer Kamel, who lives on Harlesden Road, came third in the Dusk Till Dawn World Poker Tour finals last month following a series of big wins over the last few years.

The 30-year-old, who owns ICCO Pizza in Goodge Street, said: “I got married a year ago so I had a lot of expenses this year, so it was quite nice to have another injection that allows me to play in more tournaments and do more things.”

If it hadn’t been for a football sporting injury, Mr Kamel would never have fallen into the game, saying he needed a “sporting injection” during his rehabilitation and entering poker competitions “spiralled on from there.”

“I have that mentality that when I put my head to something, I never want to give up until I’m the best at it. It’s quite a good mentality to have in this game because it is all about mental stress.”

Mr Kamel has won over £400,000 in tournaments over the last four years, allowing him to dip a chip in projects further away from home.

In October he and his wife Lucy visited Honduras, where he got to know about the plight of orphaned children through his best friend, an American online poker champion.

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“My wife and I wanted to make a change for these people who don’t have anything. I’m privileged enough to play these really expensive events but I don’t just blow my money.

“I like to use my money to help other people. So it was great to come back and play this tournament and get quite far.”

The Dusk Till Dawn finals were held in Nottingham.

Owner Rob Yong said: “It’s a fantastic result for Tamer. He played a brilliant tournament and thoroughly deserved to be among the major prize money.”

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