SCOOP 2012: More wins for the women

SCOOP logo.gifThe recent win by Kami Chisholm (drkamikaze1) in the SCOOP Event 4-L Badugi tournament was a first for women in the event and Chisholm's first SCOOP win. But Chisholm is no newcomer to poker as her second place finish in the 2009 WCOOP PLO8 event for $47,000 and her live event win at the PCA attests (see interview below). But she is thrilled to be doing extraordinarily well overall in SCOOP this year with two final table finishes and an impressive slot on the SCOOP leaderboard.

Her win in the badugi event ($9,003) along with a fourth place finish ($5,900) in the SCOOP Event 10-M Stud tournament gives her an overall ranking of 31-35 on the SCOOP leaderboard. A huge "congratulations" to her, with wishes for even more success to come. And there's still time to make it an even bigger and better year for women.

That's exactly what PokerStars was thinking when they decided to offer a $5.50/$0.50 satellite to this Sunday's Low $109 Main Event with a buy-in that affords even players on a limited budget a chance to get into the action. So there's still time for you to make your mark in this year's SCOOP and possibly bring home a championship. You can find the satellite under the tournament number #552603719.

With that in mind, PokerStars Women spoke with Kami shortly after she won the tournament, and posed a few questions about her approach. Reading about her success is sure to fire you up for this Sunday's tournament, so register now, and start planning your assault.


PokerStars Women: You've won a live event at the PCA in Limit Hold 'Em (2010 PCA Event #26, Limit Hold'em Six Handed), finished second in the 2009 WCOOP PLO8 for $47,000, won the Venetian Deep Stack Horse Event, placed fifth in the WSOP Ladies Event, and now this. You're a very versatile and dangerous player it seems! Have you made an effort to master a lot of different games, or is that just how it worked out?

Kami: Most people have a hard time with being strong at a lot of games, which is why HORSE tournaments are my favorite, and why I have had the most success in them. I tend to get bored pretty easily, so being able to play a lot of different games keeps me interested and fresh, so I don't get into a rut. It's also really fun when a series like SCOOP or WCOOP comes around, because I know I can have a shot at the tournament series leaderboards. It's much easier for a skilled mixed-game player to cash in a lot of tournaments than for a NLHE specialist (except maybe Isildur!) as the fields are smaller, and with the slow structures of SCOOP and WCOOP, the edge is higher for a versatile player.

PSW: Can you tell us how you decide which events to play?

Kami: My plan has always been to play as many SCOOP events as possible, as I'm a tournament specialist who focuses on the limit games and PLO8. So I am playing all of the medium and low limit events, and as many of the high events as I can as well.

PSW: So why badugi?

Kami: Badugi is not my favorite game, but I do enjoy playing it. I'd like to play it more, but there are very few badugi MTTs that are above micro limits, which I rarely play anymore.

PSW: It's a difficult game to master and not that well-known. How did you get started in it?

Kami: The same way I learned all the limit games, by just jumping in and starting to play. I wouldn't say I've mastered the game; I don't even think I'm particularly strong at it. Rather, I think I'm just good at limit MTTs in general.

PSW: What was it like when you realized you had won the tournament?

Kami: Well, I was expecting to win the hand, so it wasn't a shock. But we were playing heads-up for a long time, and I had been playing for almost 14 hours straight at that point, so I was very happy for it to be over and to have won!

When I'm deep in a tournament, I never look at the prize payouts, as it's not really about the money to me. Not that I mind the cash of course, but I don't look because I want to keep the focus on winning, no matter what. Thinking about the prize pool is just a big distraction from that.

PSW: You played in Monte Carlo recently as a PokerStars Women Live satellite winner. What was that like, and what did you think of Monte Carlo?

Kami: I love playing the women's events, so I was thrilled to win a package. Women are always so much fun to play with, and Monte Carlo itself is a trip. I feel like I definitely got to see how the "other 1%" live! I'm happy to be back home in the real world now though.

PSW: Have you had a specific type of training program in poker?

Kami: I'm pretty much self-taught in the limit games, where I learn mostly through playing and book study. I have had some great NL coaches, and I have watched a lot of videos and done other training for NL. It's amazing how much I always feel I still have to learn though.

I don't know that I would say I'm one of the top players at any specific game, but I think I'm above average, which is enough to be a winning player. Remember, you don't have to be the best player in the world to win, you just have to be better (or luckier) than the folks at your table on a particular day!

For more on Kami's success this year, see Brad Willis' earlier PokerStars blog report. And for more on upcoming events, see PokerStars Women.

Rebekah Mercer
@PokerStars in PS Women