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Mohsin Charania: Poker’s Slumdog Millionaire

Two-Time World Poker Tour Champion Shares the Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of a Professional Poker Player

by Craig Tapscott |  Published: Mar 18, 2015

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If you Google Mohsin Charania, it’s a snap to find out that he’s of Pakistani Indian descent, a poker phenom, and indeed a multi-millionaire. In 2012, he banked $1.7 million by capturing the European Poker Tour’s Grand Final title in Monte Carlo and he’s a two-time World Poker Tour champion. All in all, Charania has accumulated live and online career earnings fast approaching $10 million. It’s an achievement worth noting, but it’s not reality. Humble Beginnings and a Loving Mother – A Good Recipe for Success The truth is Charania grew up in a pretty rough and tumble neighborhood in Chicago and attended a grade school with metal detectors at each entrance. If you wore a new pair of shoes to school you could easily come home barefoot, and don’t even think about riding your bike. So he walked to school. Charania’s mother, Amirbano, eventually moved her family to a ...


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