Bloom in November 2005
|Born||Anthony Grant Bloom
20 March 1970 (age 45)
Brighton, Sussex, England
|World Series of Poker|
Main Event finish
|World Poker Tour|
|European Poker Tour|
Poker and betting
Bloom made a name for himself as a successful sports bettor and 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 A$420,000($320,000, £180,000)).
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.
As of 2008, his total live tournament winnings exceed $1,500,000. Bloom won A$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.
Since 2009 Bloom has been the chairman of Football League Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion. He succeeded Dick Knight after securing a 75% shareholding in the club and investing £93 million into the development of the club's new ground, the American Express Community Stadium at Falmer.
Upon taking-over the club Bloom declared his love of the game, "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." Bloom is a longtime fan of Brighton and his family has had a long association with the club: his uncle Ray is a director and his grandfather, Harry, was vice-chairman during the 1970s. Once chairman, he has appointed former Uruguay international Gus Poyet as manager and together they led Brighton to promotion from Football League One as champions in 2011. Poyet left the club in 2013 after losing the play-off semi-final to Crystal Palace F.C., and on 26 June 2013 Bloom appointment Óscar García Junyent as the new head coach of the club who would go onto resign after losing the play-off semi-final to Derby County F.C. Garcia left the club in May 2014. Bloom interviewed two people for the job of manager and in June appointed former Liverpool player Sami Hyypia.
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