Catching up with Vienna Women's Event champion Natalie Hof

As a presenter for the European Poker Tour and a Friend of PokerStars player and spokesperson, Natalie Hof stays busy traveling and keeping up with her work schedule. In addition to all this, she recently took down the PokerStars Women Live event in Vienna, which was her first win in a live tournament for a total cash of £5,325. She outlasted 61 players to do it, and as she remarked, "For my first win in a live tournament, that obviously felt amazing."

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In a recent interview, we asked her about the tournament and a couple of other issues.

PokerStars Women: Can you tell us a little about the challenges of that tournament in Vienna? For instance, was there a particular player who played really tough against you?

Natalie: I will say that my heads-up match was pretty challenging with lots of back and forth. But I think whenever you win a tournament you obviously run good and get in good spots a lot, so it almost makes it feel easy.

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PSW: You mentioned in an interview with Sarah Grant that talking with friends helps a lot. For women out there who don't have a circle of friends who play poker, this can be a real problem. Do you have any advice for them?

Natalie: I would recommend forums and videos. They really help to keep your game sharp, or even take it to the next level.

PSW: In response to a prior article we did for Ask the Pros, you commented that you think women have a hard time getting respect at the table in open events. Can you tell us more about that?

Natalie: It doesn't happen very often, but sometimes you have male tablemates who don't really respect you because you're a woman. But honestly, it's not that bad and doesn't happen all that often.

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PSW: Does being beautiful make that scenario easier or harder for you?

Natalie: I don't think that makes a difference, but thanks for the compliment.

To read more about Natalie, see her bio page, and for all the latest in poker for women, see the PokerStars Women home page.

Rebekah Mercer
@PokerStars in PS Women