When did you start playing poker and why?
When I was starting out as a video game producer at BioWare, there was a group of people who played a couple times a week at lunch – just small one table tournaments with a $5 buy-in. I went along to watch a game, and decided it looked like something I might like, and asked them to show me how to play.
Where is your favorite place to play?
Cowboy’s Casino in Calgary. Also, Playground Poker in Montreal, and anywhere in Vegas, LA, or Macau.
If you could play heads up with anyone past or present who would it be and why?
Vanessa Selbts. She plays an aggressive game, has been successful primarily on the merits of her skill, and is a strong and intelligent person. I have a lot of respect for what she stands for on and off the felt.
What do you do when you are not playing poker?
My life has been mostly poker the last several years, but when I am able, I love to travel and explore new places, scuba dive every chance I get, take my motorcycle for a run, mess around with photography when I have the time, play the piano and video games, work on my programming projects, and learn any new skill or language I can.
How often do you play poker?
Virtually every day – primarily cash games, but starting to also hit up some tournaments the last bit. I’ve had some down time the last couple months, but prior to that, I played almost every single day in the last 2-3 years.
What is your most prized possession?
I’m not particularly materialistic, so this is a tough one. My 23 lb. diabetic cat, Cero. If that counts. (Yes, he really has diabetes.) Otherwise my SuperDry hoodies, and a heart necklace that I almost always wear.
What is the craziest thing anyone has ever said to you at the poker table?
I could fill a book with insane stuff I’ve heard at poker table. I have a massive series of quotes on Twitter with the hashtag #OverheardAtPoker that includes some of the funniest – hard to choose one. A couple weeks back at a tournament series, there was a prolonged discussion about what percentage of Tinder has crabs. (60% was the consensus, in case you were curious.)
What is your most memorable moment playing poker?
Sometimes I have a pretty good read on a situation and can make A-high or light calls with relatively good success. Once, was heads up for a $1600 pot at a 1-2 NLH game, with betting across all streets against a decent player, and I had AK-high. When you are certain, and the cost is high, and you’re right it’s the best feeling.
What are your future career goals?
Poker. More over. I want to sustain this in a way that will afford me a decent shot at more and larger events to get the opportunity to prove to myself I have the ability to be world-class.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
I want to go to India – properly, for a few months.
I desperately want to learn how to do a handstand, but have an irrational fear of snapping my neck.
Win a WSOP bracelet. And then fourteen more. (Sorry, Phil.)
What would be your advice to women who are just getting involved in poker?
You need a thick skin to survive to the point of having fun in the poker world – ignore the haters, and don’t give up. Also, bluff more.
What is your favourite meal and where can we find it?
Chocolate mousse doesn’t constitute a meal, but it is my favourite thing in the world. Otherwise, anything from Indian restaurant Mint in Vegas, or the Kung Pao Tofu dish that is off the menu un Tao.
What is your favourite pastime?
It’s a traaaaaaappppppppp! … Poker, of course!
Most embarrassing moment?
I have a lot of these. Here’s a good one – a couple years ago. I was playing a ladies’ tournament at the CPT in Calgary, and I was short stacked, right before the end of the last level for rebuys. So, I chunked it in there with some crappy cards – 63 off suit or something – intending to double or rebuy. Two people called, and those at the table who knew I was a pro, were looking at me, perplexed. “No big deal, it’s so I can rebuy…” I say. The tournament director who had been standing over my shoulder whispered, “Rebuys ended two levels ago, sweetie.”
Turned out the rebuys on this tournament ended 2h earlier that the others in the series. Oops.
What can a man do to make you smile at the table?
Lose to me, fair and square.
BONUS QUESTION: What’s the sexiest thing about a man?
Intelligence, honesty, and humor. Nice eyes don’t hurt either.