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Tony Bloom
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Nickname(s) The Lizard
Hometown Brighton, UK
World Series of Poker
Bracelet(s) None
Money finishes 10(+1)
Highest ITM
Main Event finish
512th, 2006
World Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables 1
Money finishes 2
European Poker Tour
Titles None
Final tables None
Money finishes 1

Anthony Grant "Tony" Bloom (born 20 March 1970 in Brighton, Sussex) is a football club chairman and successful poker player.


Poker and Betting

He has also made a name for himself as probably the most successful sports bettor - specialising in soccer - on earth. He has used some of the proceeds to become a property investor. His nickname, The Lizard, is an alias given to him by an old friend who claimed he had alligator blood.

He appeared in the Late Night Poker television series and also has a final table appearance on the World Poker Tour. Tony also made back-to-back final table appearances in the first two Poker Million events.

His first major win came in January 2004 when he won the Australasian Poker Championship in Melbourne, collecting a first prize of around AUD 420,000($320,000, £180,000)).

Bloom won the £5,000 No Limit Hold'em VC Poker Cup Final in London on 5 August 2005 and won the £200,000 ($351,401) first prize.

He also had a fourth place finish in the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. After being eliminated, Phil Hellmuth, Jr. told him of the "great respect" he had for Bloom's game.

Bloom was a member of the winning British team in the Poker Nations Cup.

He is considered one of the most popular players on the circuit, and considers Mike Sexton to be his favourite player.

As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,500,000.

Football Chairman

On May 18, 2009, Bloom successfully became chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion, succeeding Dick Knight after securing 75% shareholding in the club and investing £93 million into the club's new stadium Falmer [1].


  • Bloom won AU$600,000 for his second place finish in the High Rollers Challenge, event 8 of the Australian Poker Millions tournament held in Melbourne in Jan 2009.

External links

  1. ^ Stadium Funding Secured, Seagulls World, 18 May 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2009

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