By day he is a hedge fund tycoon and generous philanthropist, but by night self-made millionaire Talal Shakerchi is a regular addition at some of the biggest poker games in Europe.
The Daily Mail reports that on Saturday, Shakerchi took on the big players of the poker world - but went on to blow a cool $1.4m at the table.
The UK-born millionaire was one of six players to pay $643,000 for a seat at an unofficial game at the final of the European Poker Tour in Monaco on Saturday night.
The 49-year-old began his life in finance on the BP graduate training scheme and set up his own hedge-fund, Meditor, in 1998.
Within the first two hours, he is said to have lost $643,000. Undeterred, he is said to have shelled out $965,000 and bought his way back in to the game. But by the end of the tournament he had lost more than $1.4m, according to reports.
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