Planning for WCOOP with drkamikaze1

A first place finish at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in January of 2010 in the Limit Hold'em 6-Handed event started the year off right for Kami Chisholm when she cashed for $10,080. Another first in June of the same year at the Venetian Deep Stack Extravaganza in the HORSE event garnered her another $23,235. Two days later at the World Series of Poker $1K No Limit Hold'em Ladies Event she cashed for $39,860, making 2010 a very good year. 2012 was another solid one for the Toronto resident with three top 10 finishes in live tournaments, along with a deep run in the PokerStars WCOOP Limit Omaha-8 event. So clearly, Kami (screen name drkamikaze1) knows a thing or two about how to handle herself in prominent tournaments with big money on the line.

We asked Kami some questions about how she will prepare for this year's WCOOP, and she gave us some great insight.

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PSW: What did you enjoy most about last year's WCOOP?

Kami: I'm always excited by a big tournament series because of the chance to play larger size events in the non-Hold'em games.

PSW: Do you plan to do anything differently this year?

Kami: I usually tend to focus on playing almost all of the limit and mixed games. One thing that is different is that I have been playing a lot more NLHE in the past year. I'm not sure how, if it all, that will affect my decision on what to play this year. I do have an external factor that will affect my schedule this year, which is that I am going back to school to pursue an MFA, and classes start the same week as WCOOP! So everything is still a bit up in the air, as I don't know my school schedule yet.

PSW: How many tournaments do you play at one time?

Kami: I play a lot less volume than most pros these days, so I usually max out at six to eight tables, less if I am playing a mix of games. And it is not uncommon for me to only open one or two tables when a big series like WCOOP comes around so that I can really focus, since I am usually playing a wide mix of games.

PSW: Which is your favorite and why?

Kami: Oh, that is so hard. My favorite events have always been HORSE and the Omana-8 variants (limit, pot limit, and no limit). I am drawn to the increased challenge of constantly switching games in HORSE or 8-Game events and the greater complexity of a game like Omaha 8-or-better. But there is hardly any game I don't like, including NLHE, which I am playing a lot more these days. Probably the only game I don't really enjoy is NL Draw. I just find it boring.

PSW: How do you handle the time challenges in a series like WCOOP?

Kami: Because WCOOP doesn't have the tiered buy-ins, it is actually a lot easier to play than SCOOP (just not as many tables). But playing in a long series is always tough. I get very excited and want to play as many events as possible, but at the same time, it is usually not good for me overall if I don't schedule in days off to rest. I think it is important to be aware of my limits, so that I can focus on playing my best during the schedule I do play.

PSW: How long have you been playing poker?

Kami: About 12 years now. My first experience was a home game at a friend's house, and before long I was playing in the local card room. It's been an interesting ride.

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This year's WCOOP will run from September 8-29 and will host 66 tournaments with $40 million in guarantees. Don't miss out on your chance to be part of the largest online tournament series in the world.

And to sweeten the deal, PokerStars Women is giving away a PokerStars Women Live package to next year's PCA to the woman with the highest score on the WCOOP leaderboard. You could become the Woman of the Series and win a package worth $3,500.

Click here for the WCOOP schedule of events and details on how to qualify. Satellites are running now, so now is the time to secure your entries for your favorite tournaments.

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Rebekah Mercer
@PokerStars in PS Women