A 22-year-old Bensonsohurst resident walked away with a cool $650,000 in winnings from the World Series of Poker tournament held in Las Vegas.
Henry Lu won the money by beating out roughly 3,000 other players, including a poker card sharp. In a dramatic turn of events, Lu was down to just one chip when he hit a winning stride and defeated 45-year-old British poker champion Neil Channing.
“Winning this tournament is basically the pinnacle of anyone’s pro career. It just feels good to win one pretty early on,” said Lu to the New York Daily News.
Lu began playing poker at Midwood High School and perfected his game while majoring in biology at Syracuse University. Instead of focusing on his studies, Lu focused on online poker. Clearly, he got pretty good.
After graduating, he moved to Toronto, where playing poker online is legal. Now, he splits his time between his childhood home in Bensonhurst and Toronto.
“Maybe buy myself something nice,” Lu said of his big win.
See kids, gambling does pay off.