Jerry Mangum is having the time of his life on his first ever trip to Europe. The 68-year-old retired computer hardware engineer only decided to come to Battle of Malta two weeks ago when he was invited by Poker League of Nations founder Lena Evans. Mangum, a talented amateur photographer, was taking pics for the Poker League of Nations Ladies event on Saturday. Mangum, who has two children and two grandchildren, has been playing poker since he was 13 and took up Texas Hold’em in 2001. He had to stop playing online after Black Friday
but is still a regular in home games with friends, as well as competing at California poker rooms such as LA’s famous Bicycle Club. He said: “I’m having a great time. Lena invited me a couple of weeks ago and I jumped at the chance. My kids haven’t been able to watch the live stream because they’re at work but a ton of other family members and friends are watching and cheering me on.” Mangum’s live earnings already total $194,928 with results going back to 2007. His biggest result to date was winning a Legends of Poker event in 2007 for $138,577.