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Tony Bloom to Back Brighton Football Club

UK Poker Player to Take Over at Brighton Football Club

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Poker player, professional gambler, and football betting expert, Tony Bloom will take over from Dick Knight as chairman of Brighton Football Club.

Tony “The Lizard” Bloom has more than $1.3 million in lifetime poker winnings including his recent second place finish in the $100,000 no-limit hold’em challenge at the Aussie Millions 2009, which earned him a nice sum of $403,890.

Bloom will use the profits from poker and gambling to bankroll Brighton. “I’ve been a football fan and a gambler since the age of about seven or eight. My interest in both developed at the same time,” said the 39-year-old Englishman.

His first move will be to make the £60 million switchover to a new 25,000-seater stadium in Falmer.

Bloom has successfully cashed 28 times in his poker career.