July 29th, 2011
There has been a lot of talk lately about young U.K Full Tilt Poker pro Andrew Feldman, but just who is he ? How has he gotten to such a high level at such a young age?
We answer these questions by giving you an insight of how he burst onto the poker scene and is now competing against the best players in the world and crushing cash games.
Andrew Feldman first got a taste of poker at 17-years old when he would watch his older brother play online qualifiers. When Feldman turned 18 he decided he would give internet poker a try and he opened a poker account at a U.K poker site, depositing £20.
He began by playing £1 sit and gos as well as £0.10/£0.20 ring games, however he found himself having to deposit a few more times before he really cracked the game and became a consistent winner. At 18, Feldman was studying for his A-levels but quickly found his love of poker was detracting his concentration on his studies. As well as studying, he also had a few part-time jobs – a paper round, and shelve stacker in supermarket giants Tesco and Sainsbury’s.
After eight months of juggling his studies, part-time jobs and his love of poker, Feldman had grown a bankroll of over $100k, mainly by playing heads-up and 6-max cash games. However all his hard work would be wiped out when he came home from his local casino frustrated and on tilt at losing £2000 in one session, deciding he would play higher stakes online than normal to make up for his live loss.
Just one bad beat spiralled Feldman out of control and he went to bed, woke up the following morning and was in total shock at only having half his bankroll. He then decided to play again in the hope of winning it all back – but this would only see him lose it all in only a matter of hours.
Feldman was forced to tell his parents he had lost all the money, which they had constantly told him to withdraw. His parents demanded that he focused on his A-levels to get into University and stated they didn’t want him gambling anymore.
They even took him to gamblers anonymous but all he could think about was when he would get to play again. Feldman found that he had over £100 in rakeback in a poker account and proceeded to grind it up to over £1000 by the end of the day. That £1000 had turned to £10,000 by the end of that week, and trebled to £30,000 by the end of the month. At this point his parents forced him to withdraw most of it, giving him £5000 to use however he wanted.
Feldman then managed to get the A-level results he needed, however he didn’t want to go to university – he wanted to play poker. His big breakthrough came in 2007, when he won the 888 UK Poker Open for $250,000. At this point all the UK poker media attention was on Feldman as one of the best young UK players, and through this publicity he was invited to various events including the Poker Den cash game which he won by winning more than any of the other players. Feldman recently took part in the Full Tilt Poker Million Dollar Cash Game, where he finished with a $135,000 profit playing against the best players in the world including Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.
You used to be able to find Andrew Feldman playing at Full Tilt Poker, where he used to play the $10/$20+ ring games. We don’t know where he plays online now, if anywhere.