The PokerStars Women Live event at the PCA starts in a little over a week and to get things rolling, we wanted to introduce you to some of the players who have won seats through satellite qualifiers. The three players profiled here will fly in next week to enjoy three nights at the Atlantis Royal Towers, a free buy-in to the $1K PokerStars Women Live tournament, and expense money to ensure that they have a fabulous time at the Atlantis. One of the winners is a relative newbie to PokerStars, while the other two are more experienced, but they all share an excitement about the game and about their upcoming trip to the Bahamas that is infectious.
Anne-Marie Lachapelle is a micro limit qualifier whose biggest tournament success prior to winning this satellite was a cash for $150. She started playing on PokerStars just a couple of months ago, although she says she has played for fun for about twelve years. Anne-Marie is a micro limit player, but plays satellites into bigger events. Although she's never played in a big buy-in tournament before, she is excited and ready to go and says the pros don't intimidate her. "I like it even more, I can study them online," she says.
Having never been to the Atlantis she is looking forward to snorkeling, conch fritters, and the waterslides. Being away from work and her cell phone will be an added bonus. She says that she has always loved playing games and that the most important thing to remember when playing poker is to be patient and aggressive. She also reminds players to take advantage of the player notes on PokerStars.
Travel and some improvements on her house are on the wish list for her poker earnings if the cards go her way. But she says that the experience she will get playing in the tournament is even better than the prize. "If I play well and beat my opponents, I'll be very happy." Look for Anne-Marie playing under the screen name "annma777." She hails from Hull, Quebec, Canada.
Lee-Anne Ball is a regular player on PokerStars and won a package to the EPT Grand Final Women's Event in May. She has played poker for six years and has participated in two WSOP Ladies events, finishing 24th in 2010. Lee-Anne is from London but flies to Las Vegas a couple of times a year to play in tournaments and cash games. She has never been to the PCA however, and is looking forward to swimming with the sea lions at Blue Lagoon and "can't wait to drink some Bahama Mama cocktails!"
Her advice for those who are hoping to win a satellite is "play to win the whole time." She adds, "It's all about timing and aggression." As far as playing with the pros--she won't break a sweat. "You just have to adapt your game accordingly and not be intimidated."
The best thing about playing poker for Lee-Anne is "the opportunity to travel to play all over the world, and of course winning money!" Lee-Anne plays under the screen name "flushed 105."
Zinzi de Silva (HUSTLEheRO online) also won a previous satellite to participate in a Poker Stars Women Live tournament. She played the London event in October and had the unsettling experience of having Vicky Coren sitting to her right at her home casino, the Vic. She remarked that the whole thing was "fantastically surreal" and that her awe of playing with Vicky and other pros led her to make "sub-optimal decisions and do things that I wouldn't normally do." But this time she's ready. "Now that I have my feet wet, I think I will be better prepared since I know what to expect."
The PCA and the Bahamas will be new experiences for Zinzi and she says she's looking forward to the plush amenities at the Atlantis. She is from Toronto and says that "Hailing from the great White North as I do, a few days in the sun during mid-January is most definitely the thing I am looking forward to the most outside of playing poker." She mentions the lazy river and a pitcher of mojitos as being on her to-do list when she has some downtime.
If she wins the tournament she plans to save eighty percent for her bankroll and then apply ten percent to her surf fund (she's a confessed "surf junkie"). She will also apply ten percent to the "champagne to sparkling wine ratio" served at her upcoming birthday party at the end of February.
Her tip for other players is this: "Always try to analyze the WHYS in poker and strive to make the optimal decision."
For more information on the upcoming tournament and to keep up with our posts from the PCA starting next week see the PokerStars Women Live website.