Harry Demetriou is a British professional poker player.
Born in 1958 in London, Demetriou turned to poker after his friend, Paul "X-22" Magriel, introduced him to the game. Both of them had been world-class backgammon players. Demetriou picked up the game quickly and made the final table in his first tournament.
Demetriou first made his mark in the poker world at the 2002 WSOP with a 3rd place finish and $80,200 prize at the $2,000 no-limit Texas hold 'em event won by Layne Flack. He won $147,500 for his 18th place finish in the 2004 WSOP Main Event, where he became agitated by Josh Arieh's rude attitude.
At the 2005 WSOP, he finished as the runner-up in the $2,000 short-handed no limit hold'em event, receiving $163,850. The next year, he then made the final table of the same event, finishing 6th, as well as finishing 6th in another no-limit event, winning $123,915.
Demetriou made the final table of the WPT season 2 Invitational event, finishing in 5th place for $10,000. He then made his second WPT final table in season 5, finishing as runner-up in the Mirage Poker Showdown, winning $673,272.
In 2003, Demetriou also appeared in the World Heads-Up Poker Championship and Poker Million and also won the inaugural Victor Poker Cup.
In 2006, Demetriou was ejected from the $2,000 No Limit Hold'em event at the WSOP and was escorted out after yelling at a floor early in the tournament. In an interview about the incident, he said that the structure of the tournament was different than the structure that was published so he asked for a floor person to come over. They ejected him without a warning and said they were too busy to bother with the issue. Later on, the officials acknowledged that they made a mistake gave him their money back.
Because of this incident, Demetriou has worked with Harrah's and the WSOP officials to improve communications to prevent things like this from happening in the future and has said that their meetings have been positive.
As of 2008, he has 10 WSOP cashes, and total live tournament winnings exceeding $2,100,000. He plays in in U.S. as well as travels the globe to play in international events. He believes that being a professional poker player requires you to stay physically fit so he works out regularly to maintain his edge.
HPG ADMIN on February 27, 2013