Welllbet: Just a girl?
Where does your drive comes from?
I’m not afraid of any challenge and never have been. I grew up in a competitive family with an older sister and two brothers, who always wanted to fight over everything. They also inducted me into many different sports and I naturally always tried to beat them. I guess this made me a very competitive person.
For example, I love to try the scariest things in an amusement park, or to try new things in sport. I was warned when I turned pro about how difficult it would be for a female in the poker world. I never hesitated, not for one second, and personally I feel it’s great to be one of only a few girls on the scene. I get more attention and can also take advantage of other players underestimating me!
Are you inclined to take risks when playing?
As much as I like to challenge myself I also want to keep control, which means I don’t like to take big uncalculated risks. This goes for my personal life as well as my poker strategy. I like to save money for the future and to live an organised life.
Solid bankroll management has always been the basis for my poker game, and it still is. I truly believe there are loads of very talented players out there who are playing way over their bankroll, which means they are destined to bust eventually.
How do you cope with tilt?
I don’t tilt! Might sound strange to some but the truth is I have an incredible amount of patience and self control when I play poker. My winning instinct helps me to focus on my long term goals. Of course I hate to run bad, it’s never good for your self confidence, but I’ve learned to keep calm. If it gets too bad I just take a break and do something else. I also have a stop/loss rule for my buy-ins.
Do you believe in intuition over logic?
I think some people who don’t know me well will be surprised when I say I’m much more of an emotionalist than a logical decision maker. When I see something in a shop that I like I never think too long about it, I’ll just go for it and buy it.
This definitely affects my poker game. I usually base my tough decisions on my gut feeling. If you have the basic understanding about pot odds, implied odds etc, you don’t have to think about statistics too much. I guess the three million hands I played in recent years have given me a lot of experience and a decent understanding of playing patterns. That makes it easier to trust the intuition when I’m in a tough spot at the poker tables.
What’s your greatest strength?
I never give up. If I want something really bad I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get there. I will admit I can be really lazy sometimes if I’m not motivated, but never if it’s very important to me. The flip side to this, of course, is that if you ask my nearest and dearest they will tell you I’m sometimes terribly stubborn!