Jonathan Bowers Breakthrough at the 888 Festival in London
Many players came to the London 888 Festival for their great experience. But for one player, last week’s poker festival could be the start of a very special event. Jonathan Bowers from Newcastle had some special successes in London.
Bowers began playing poker while studying. His first attempts at live poker, he made in Circus Casino. There he played numerous tournaments with low buy-in. Later, he got a job as a data analyst. His career and goals somehow still revolved around the poker game. Since the age of 18, he has been pursuing the dream of becoming a successful poker player. Jonathan Bowers played dozens of tournaments costing 50 pounds or less. About the poker game, he also met his current girlfriend and the two travels together to poker tournaments.
They try not to sit at the same table. About eight months ago, Jonathan was reluctantly relinquishing his regular job while his girlfriend her medical studies. The two players first traveled to Malta, where Jonathan became 11th at the MPNPT Main Event. It was followed by a trip to Las Vegas and there Bowers achieved the first great achievable success. He finished second in a $ 400 tournament at the Aria Casino, earning $ 15,000.
Without question, Bowers was lucky. For many poker players, it later turned out to be a fatal decision to give up the regular job, but for Jonathan Bowers, this decision paid off. After spending three months in Malta and the United States, Jonathan and Beth returned to England. There, the 888 tournament in London was their first goal. Bowers registered for the 2200-pound High roller tournament and played against players like Chris Moorman the best online tournament player ever. He made it to the final table and there even to the heads up against Jamie Lunt. The latter prevailed though and took the title, but Bowers received the largest payout. As he had previously negotiated a deal and at this time had significantly more chips. It does not look as if he would have to return to his old job in the near future.
He commented I really do not miss getting up early and working from nine to five o’clock. It should be noted that the living costs of Jonathan and Beth are likely to be very low. When not on the road and at poker tournaments, they live with Beth’s mother a somewhat unusual lifestyle for a professional poker player. Beth plans to return to university in the near future to complete her studies. She surprisingly sees some parallels between poker and medicine. You use all your knowledge and skills. In the end it is a bit of a fate to decide whether to win or if the patient is on the mend.