She wanted to be a dancer. She was lithe, poised, and a floating work of art. Vivan Im defined a certain sort of grace that only a few people can carry. She studied it, performed it, and taught in Seoul. Like dance, life has a way of surprising people. For Im, the surprise came when she found an artful way to compete and make a pretty good living. That has translated to a coveted spot on poker's most decorated team.
Some years ago, Im's boyfriend ran into Betrand "ElkY" Grospellier on the Starcraft circuit. ElkY casually mentioned how the gamer's talents could be translated to poker and profit. Im's boyfriend brought the story home. He started crushing online games and winning huge cash.
"I was very surprised and started to get interested in how it was possible," Im said. "I watched him play more and more and eventually learned hold'em. I started playing poker for the first time in my life on PokerStars."
Im, a dance artist, soon found she could translate her poise to the table. Within the past year, she's won APPT Cebu and took second in a Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event.
With all that in mind, it comes as little surprise that PokerStars snatched up the talent to be part of its elite stable of online players. Today PokerStars announced Im as the newest member of Team PokerStars Pro.
"I am very happy that since I have played majority of the time online that this will give me the opportunity to play on more offline events," Im said. "I look forward to traveling and playing in many major tournaments."
While Im already has an APPT championship under her belt, she is learning more about the game every day. She's still dating the same man who introduced her to her new career.
"If it wasn't for him I probably would have never known about poker and definitely not be in this position right now," Im said. "He still teaches me many things and does not hesitate to give advices on my plays."
Though she has been a PokerStars regular for some time now (and has an impressive resume of tournament cashes), you will find Im on PokerStars even more in the near future. Just look for her under the screen name "Vivian Im."
For more, see Vivian Im's Team PokerStars Pro profile.
Welcome to the Team, Vivian.