Before turning poker pro, Korea’s Vivian Im grew up wanting to be a dancer. Her natural flair for the art form saw her win many competitions, and she later went on to study dance at university in Seoul. She started teaching children after graduation, but after a few years was ready for a new challenge. By this time Vivian’s boyfriend had discovered poker, a game he had been introduced to on the Starcraft circuit by Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier. Amazed by how much money her partner seemed to be making online at PokerStars, Vivian started playing the game herself and proved to be a fast learner.
She has been crushing the live tournament scene across Asia since 2009, with several wins, final tables and cash finishes along the way. The crowning achievement of her career so far came at the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Cebu event in 2010. Vivian battled her way through a field of 235 other players to win the title and $134,142. It was a huge win that not only marked her out as one of the best players from the region, but also locked-up her place in the poker history books as the first-ever female APPT Champion.
Vivian came close to winning another major title in January 2011 when she made the final table of the Red Dragon Event at the Macau Poker Cup, eventually busting in 2nd place for a cash of $97,629. Her online results are equally impressive, with thousands of dollars worth of cash finishes in PokerStars biggest tournaments.
When she isn’t playing poker, Vivian likes playing Starcraft and other online games. She is also a huge fan of music, and can often be found going to live concerts. She also enjoys playing the piano, plus winter sports like skiing. Vivian is a member of Team PokerStars Pro and plays online using the screen name ‘Vivian Im’.
|APPT Macau HKD $40,000 Main Event||August 2009||15th||$16,643|
|APPT Cebu PHP 100,000 Main Event||November 2010||1st||$134,142|
|Macau Poker Cup - Red Dragon Event||February 2011||2nd||$97,629|
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