Women finish in top ten overall in MicroMillions
It has been a very good year for women in poker and last week's MicroMillions tournament series hosted by PokerStars is another testament to what a winning year it has been. The buy-ins that women put up in the series may have been on the micro side, but the winning percentages and earnings for women definitely weren't. MicroMillions hosted an estimated 300,000 players and two women finished in the top ten on the overall leaderboard (DragOnflye and in__driuxe). Women took home two championships and eleven women cashed in the top 200. This was a series that required some serious stamina and concentration and women proved that they had that in spades.
I interviewed two of the top 200 finishers for PokerStars Women to see if they would be willing to share a few of their trade secrets. I'm happy to tell you that I can report there are no superhuman powers involved. Just focus, determination, and lots of Red Bull! Or in Karin Glanzer's case, make that coffee and Red Bull. That is the magic combination credited with keeping her alert during the long hours of the tournament. Music and five minute showers during breaks also helped keep her awake. "If you sit for hours at a time, it's important to move around . . . so you can come back swinging." Karin says she only slept for two to three hours at a time during the series and played almost all the events up to the badugi tournaments.
Karin made the commitment to play MicroMillions after cashing in two World Series of Poker events in 2011. She decided then it was now time to play more and to learn all the games. MicroMillions was exciting for her because of the "big fields, the small buy-ins, and the prize pools." Karin, who is from Austria, played twenty-two tournaments during the series and has been playing online since 2007. She has never played in any live PokerStars tournaments however and dreams of doing that soon at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas (her dream tournament). She would also love to have the opportunity to play with Vanessa Selbst one day. Karin plays under the screen name "glanzer."
Agnes Archibong-Omon is a player from Nigeria, studying for a Master's degree in Turkey. She started playing on PokerStars in December 2011 and tried her hand at all the games at first but decided early on that she was primarily a tournament player. A Twitter post from PokerStars about the Tournament Leader Board challenge piqued her interest and she decided to set a target of 50 games for her goal. She wound up playing 51. "It was a challenge keeping my energy levels up and keeping mentally alert for the duration. I remember busting from an event and going to sleep only to wake up ninety minutes later to register for an event I just couldn't miss. It was simply an adrenalin pumped series."
Agnes has quite a few final table cashes in MTTS, and has cashed for upwards of two thousand dollars in previous tournaments. Agnes commented that one of the things that surprised her about the series was the fact that some of the players who played didn't seem to have the confidence necessary to win. "As a result they didn't focus on playing their best."
Like Karin, Agnes has yet to play in a live PokerStars tournament and looks forward to changing that by winning a seat to the PCA. She would also like to have a chance to square off against Daniel Negreanu at a final table one day. "He is a pure entertainer when he's on the felt." Agnes already has a trophy from PokerStars to prove that she's a champion however--as she won the Best Live Tweeter Award for this year's WBCOOP. "It came with a pretty cool trophy and a thousand dollar prize," she commented. Now she's looking for another one to go along with it. Maybe it will come at this year's PCA.
One of the players who won a MicroMillions tournament is Sonja Kovac, who won Event 34 against 6,744 runners. I interviewed her for an article on Barcelona satellite winners last week where she also gave us a few more details about her MicroMillions win. For details see this article.