1. WHEN DID YOU START PLAYING POKER AND WHY?
The first time I played poker, it was 5 Card Draw and I think I was probably 7 or 8 years old. I played a lot of card games growing up. I learned Texas Holdem much later though, back in 2005 when I was asked to join a TV show which was streaming and commentating through online poker games. It was a pretty steep learning curve but I loved it!
2. WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO PLAY?
My favourite place to play poker is probably the comfy sofa in our living room with my laptop! If I have to get dressed and leave the house though, I’d say Aspers Casino in London is a great spot. Also, I always love playing at the Casino di Venezia in Italy. It has the most incredible ambiance and just being there feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The Aviation Club in Paris was similar in that the high tech security and gorgeous interiors made you feel like you were playing poker in a James Bond movie.
3. IF YOU COULD PLAY HEADS UP WITH ANYONE PAST OR PRESENT WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
I know that I’m supposed to have a really profound answer to this but I have to say anyone who is absolutely terrible at poker (and unlucky), but who has unlimited funds. Poker gets in the way of good conversation and good conversation gets in the way of poker. I’m kind of mercenary when it comes to the money side of things!
4. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE NOT PLAYING POKER?
I spend a lot of time hanging out with my husband and our friends. We live in Ljubljana, Slovenia which is an incredibly lively town. There’s always some kind of festival – music, food, wine, books, art etc – so there’s tons to do. I’m a big fan of cooking huge meals with friends and drinking great bottles of wine. I read a fair amount as well. The past couple of years, I’ve gotten back into reading graphic novels and I spend a ridiculous amount of money on them. It’s a weakness.
5. HOW OFTEN DO YOU PLAY POKER?
I play poker probably 2 or 3 times a week online (KaraScott888 on 888poker.com) and then I travel and play live about once a month. I love destination poker, so things like the 888Live events in Costa Brava and Tallinn are great for me. I can pair a poker tournament with some photography and travel. Perfect!
6. WHAT IS YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
I don’t think I have one anymore. I’ve moved so many times (31 at last count, in 5 di.erent countries) and through those moves, I’ve lost (or had stolen) nearly all of my precious mementos – things from my family, my childhood, people who have passed on. It was really hard to come to terms with losing those pieces of people who are no longer here, but I realised that ‘things’ aren’t important, while people and memories are. So I try to spend time with people – talk, email, visit – and take photos of those times so I don’t forget them. So I guess photos are my prized possessions. I’d be devastated to lose them, especially as my memory is so poor on it’s own!
7. WHAT IS THE CRAZIEST THING ANYONE HAS EVER SAID TO YOU AT THE POKER TABLE?
Oh wow. There have been way too many to keep track of, honestly. I tend to let things said to me at the table go in one ear, and out the other. Otherwise, the remarks get under your skin and make you play badly. One thing I do remember though, was a couple of guys I’d never met before joking about how they were going to throw me in the trunk of a car and kidnap me so they could do whatever they wanted. They seemed to genuinely not understand what was so wrong with that and got pretty upset with me when I politely told them that I would appreciate it if they would stop. They kept insisting that it was just a joke, that I should get a sense of humour. They weren’t able to explain how kidnapping and assault were funny though, not surprisingly. I’m amazed by how little awareness some people have sometimes, about the things they ‘joke’ about.
8. WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT PLAYING POKER?
The most memorable moment for me has to be when the bubble burst during my first ever WSOP Main Event. I couldn’t believe that I was there, in the money, in the biggest tournament of the world. When the TD made the announcement, the whole room started to cheer and clap. As I was still pretty young in my poker career, there was this sense at that moment, that I could do anything. It was incredible. Plus – what a way to start my first WSOP!
9. WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE CAREER GOALS?
That’s a tough question. In so many ways, I’m fortunate to have accomplished all the things I wanted to. I’ve worked with the best companies in the game and done all the television that I wanted to do. I love my job with the WSOP on ESPN and joining 888Poker this year felt like stepping into exactly the right place for me.
10. WHAT’S THE TOP 3 THINGS ON YOUR BUCKLIST?
I don’t have much of a bucket list. I’m no longer an adrenaline junky so something like sky diving doesn’t really do it for me. I’d love publish a novel though, or a book of photography. That would be amazing.
11. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR ADVICE TO WOMEN WHO ARE JUST GETTING INVOLVED IN POKER?
Stick with it, and find some good supportive people around you. When I started out, I had a really great friend who travelled with me to most of the tournaments and being able to hang out and kick ideas around with him was invaluable. Plus. it’s good knowing someone has your back, especially if you’re travelling on your own. There are a lot more women in poker now than there used to be, and so many of them are awesome in dierent ways. Don’t be limited in making friends by age, as a lot of women who play are at retirement age, and oh man the stories they tell!
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEAL AND WHERE CAN WE FIND IT?
My favourite meal is the pasta Giovanni (my husband) makes for me every time I come home from a long poker trip. He’s a ridiculously good chef and a total master in the kitchen. It’s the best way to be welcomed home and to really feel that I’ve returned.
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PAST TIME?
Taking photos. I’ve been taking pictures for years and finally splurged on a ‘real’ camera, so I’ve been single-mindedly focused on the whole process of photography lately.
14. MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT?
That has to be a few years ago when I was just meeting my now-husband’s parents in Italy. I was trying to learn a bit of Italian so I could speak to them and had a spectacular fail. We were on this gorgeous farm with rows of fig trees and I was trying to tell his mother how much I liked figs, in Italian. The word is veeeeery similar to the Italian slang for vagina. Clearly, I chose the wrong word.
15. WHAT CAN A MAN DO TO MAKE YOU SMILE AT THE TABLE?
He can give me his chips.
BONUS QUESTION: WHAT’S THE SEXIEST THING ABOUT A MAN?
When they really know and are secure in who they are, and don’t feel the need to ‘prove’ themselves. Also, the ability to cook.