When Steve Watts’ professional football career came to an end he turned to poker for his new profession. So far it has been a good decision by the former Leyton Orient striker because he has racked up over $655,000 in live tournament winnings and was recently crowned champion of the World Poker Tour National Marbella Main Event.
Away from the felt Watts still makes a nuisance of himself on the football pitch and was recently awarded the Man of the Match trophy after scoring for the losing side in the Mike King Trophy Final.
Football and poker aside, it appears that Watts has a side to him that not many know about, an inventive streak that has resulted in him appearing on Sky Pick’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” show on May 25 at 3:00pm.
Watts made the announcement via his Facebook page, asking friends and fans to tune into the show after their Sunday dinners. “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor” is not too dissimilar to the popular Dragon’s Den with the main difference being the “dragons,” if you will, are experts in the field that you are attempting to become part of so are extremely specialised and knowledgeable in your field.
Speaking to Lee Davy of CalvinAyre, Watts revealed that he will face three experts from the leisure industry who he will try to use his charm to convince them to invest in his invention, Rotasol360.
The Rotsol360 is a new style of sun lounger that can spin 360 degrees to face the sun wherever it may be in the sky at various times of the day. The beds also feature drinks holders, plenty of storage space and are lockable so users can keep their valuables in them and not have to carry them around all day.
“I went to Tenerife about a month ago with my missus and we went to the beach,” said Watts. “To hire a bed it was €10, then €5 for a parasol and another €5 for a locker. Our product is a lot more affordable and you can lock your valuables inside the actual bed, making it a much better alternative.”
According to the same CalvinAyre article, Watts claims to have been close to using multi-coloured bins for waste (general, recycle, garden etc) but was pipped to the post. Watts also says he attempted to create a special sock that would help people with metatarsal injuries but the project was scrapped when his investor pulled out.
Watts won’t be the first player to appear on such a show because Jeraint “J.J” Hazan pitched an idea to on Dragon’s Den. Hazan asked The Dragons for £65,000 in return for 40% of his action of an extensive poker package of 30 tournaments.
Each of the investors turned down Hazan’s proposition and he left the show empty handed, something that I am sure won’t happen to Watts after this weekend.