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PokerKat on the Prowl
Accomplished poker pro Kathy Liebert's eyes are planted firmly upon another WSOP bracelet. She's already helped herself to $1,773,566 in prize money and has cashed twice this year. The constant professional, Liebert uses her skills as a former Wall Street business analyst at the poker table. PokerListings.com caught up with "PokerKat" for a few moments to get her opinion on the 2006 WSOP.
We're about halfway through the 2006 WSOP. What are your thoughts on this year's tournament?
It's amazing. It's so big, there are so many players, and if you just get a little bit lucky, you get a huge sum of money. Although I wish they didn't have the Hold'em and Omaha on the same day. I think a lot of pros would like to see them on different days or at least spread out. That's why there was such a small field of players today.
What do you think has been the most exciting change at this year's WSOP?
I like that there is a lot of Hold'em events, although I don't know if that's much different from last year. I'd like to see even more No-Limit events, but they do have a lot of them so that's good.
How have things been going for you this year?
I cashed twice [$1,000 No-Limit Hold'em and No-Limit Hold'em Short-Handed 6/table). I feel like I was little bit unlucky not to go farther and make it to a final table, but at the same time, I'm feeling good that I'm getting down there.
What do you think of the H.O.R.S.E. tournament?
I think it's too expensive. Obviously it's an extremely tough field, and $50,000 is a lot of money. I would have liked to have played a smaller buy-in H.O.R.S.E., but that's too much. There's no dead money in there either. The fact they played all the way through the night is not right either. It takes a lot out of you to play all these events, especially when you are playing all night. It's a killer.
What do you think of this year's field, lots of good players?
All the great players are out there and all the newcomers as well. It's a really good mix.
Do you think there's still dead money out there?
Oh sure. I mean, there are a lot of players that come out to the WSOP without a lot of experience. You meet all kinds.
Who have you been impressed with so far?
Bill Chen just got his second bracelet tonight. I'm impressed with that. I think he's got the WSOP Player of the Year locked up pretty much with two bracelets. Obviously Allen Cunningham, great win for him getting his fourth bracelet. Daniel Negreanu's been getting deep. All three are great players.
When do you see a woman winning the Main Event? Could it be 5 or 10 years away?
Hopefully this year. [laughs] The fact is there aren't too many female players and we've got this huge field of 8,000 players, and there are probably less than 80 top female players, so it's a long-shot. Then again it's a long-shot for anybody.
In regards to that, how much of a crap-shoot do you think the Main Event is?
Well, there are only $10,000 chips and the levels go up pretty high so you do have to get pretty lucky. I mean, playing great certainly helps but you do have to get lucky. Great play is not enough, you have to catch some cards.
Will you be playing in it this year?
What are some of the other events you're looking forward to?
I play mostly No-Limit so quite a few of those events.
Thanks so much, Kathy.