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PartyPoker's Kara Scott to Co-Host WSOP Live Stream
Kara Scott has an impressive record at the WSOP Main Event but this year she’s trading the felt for a press badge.
Scott, who is a member of Team PartyPoker, will be working as a reporter for the WSOP livestream and will be interviewing players as well as producing untold stories from the tournament floor.
“I’ll be spending the next couple weeks trying to sensitively ask, ‘So… You just busted out of a major event, what happened there?’ without making people cry,” Scott told PokerListings.com.
It’s not exactly unfamiliar territory for the northern Alberta-native as she got her start in poker by co-hosting Poker Night Live in England in the mid-2000s.
Since then Scott has worked as a host for the European Poker Tour and High Stakes Poker. Working on the World Series broadcast might be her highest profile job yet, however.
“The WSOP is such a massive event,” she said. “Everything about it is huge - huge fields of players, huge rooms, huge prize money - and my job is to humanize it and help the viewers understand what it's like to sit down in that room and play for a bracelet.”
No slouch when it comes to actually playing the game, Scott has won nearly $100,000 from the Main Event alone including back-to-back deep runs in 2008 and 2009.
Scott’s biggest score ever, however, came at the 2009 Irish Open where she finished second to bink $413,000. She’s up $561k in lifetime live tournament earnings.
“The WSOP Main Event has been really good to me in the past and although I'd love to play in it again, it won't be this year,” Scott said.
“Although I've been playing a lot of poker for Party and really love sitting behind a chip stack, I'm no full time poker pro. My main job really is working as a host/reporter on TV so getting a chance to stretch those muscles on a project like this is exciting!”
That said, Scott does have plans to play in several of the preliminary events, including the ladies event, which she has never played.
Scott will be wearing several hats this summer as she’s also representing Team PartyPoker and will act as an ambassador for the hundreds of players that qualify on the site.
“I’m looking forward to meeting the PartyPoker WSOP qualifiers this year,” she said. “Especially for people who might be playing the Main Event for the first time, it's good to know that you've got some support behind you and some friendly faces to exchange stories with during the breaks.”
In the end it's just another way for Scott to give poker fans an inside look behind the scenes of the 2011 WSOP.
You can check the WSOP website for the complete livestream schedule. In addition, PokerListings will be providing live updates, news, blogs, photos and videos all sponsored by PartyPoker.