Within 2 years of his $15 deposit, he was entering live high rollers... and winning!
I first heard about Charlie Carrel in 2014 when the 20-year-old chopped the Sunday Million for around $200,000 using the screen name "epiphany77 ". Intrigued by the fact that I was previously unfamiliar with his name, I did a little research into him. It turned out I hadn't heard of him because he had only been playing online for about 7 months. Then as more information started coming out about him, I found out that 7 months prior he was working with a $15 bankroll that he deposited to give online poker a shot. Fish on a heater, am I right?! But Charlie kept on winning online and documented it through cash game hand reviews and entire tournament reviews through the popular training site, Gripsed.
The following year I heard about a $180,000 win in EPT Malta, and although I still didn't know much about him, I was happy to hear about his success. Then two months later, as part of the same series, he binked $1.1 million in a $25k high roller. That's right, within 2 years of his $15 deposit, he was entering live high rollers... and winning! Since then he has amassed over $6 million in live earnings. Oh, and in case you are concerned about his online career, he won 3 events in the SCOOP online poker championship this year, including the main event for $1.2 million.
Despite his unprecedented rise to the top rung of the ladder of poker success, Carrel has remained humble. No, humble isn't the right word. He has no problem admitting his greatness. Down to earth is a good way to put it. He knows he is one of the best, but doesn't act like it. When you first meet him, he speaks to you like you are an equal, a friend. And he has no problem being self-deprecating when the moment calls for it. He has never forgotten what it felt like to be bullied as a youth and has turned that sensitivity into kindness, compassion and a strength, which he now uses to dominate on the tables. Carrel applies psychology and reads as a big part of his game and it's definitely working, as he dominates the high roller events that are filled with quiet, calculating GTO-bots. Phil Hellmuth calls his own ability to read people white magic. A much less cocky Charlie Carrel would not come up with a term for himself like that, but based on the wild clothes he wears to events, I would dub his ability to predict his opponent's cards multi-color magic.
I don't want to say much else because I think everybody should watch this interview. He talks about his rise up the ranks and gives some insight on how he turned $15 into millions. He gives advice to beginning and intermediate players on ways to advance their skills. He even gives some crypto investment tips! He answered every question I had without holding back or worrying about how it might affect his "brand". Carrel is hilarious and made me laugh so often you can see my webcam shaking for half the damn interview. I wrote enough questions for a 15-20 minute talk, but we ended up speaking for like 50 minutes because he is so interesting. But don't be intimidated by the length, it is great from start to finish.