Sally Stephens is retired and traveled to Malta as the first stop on a poker bucket-list adventure that will take her all over the world.
By the time Battle of Malta was over Stephens had chopped a tournament heads-up, celebrated with poker pro Maria Ho and pocketed her biggest poker score ever.
After playing and busting the €550 BOM Main Event Stephens decided to enter the €1,200 Grandmaster High Roller tournament.
She made it all the way to the final two spots and made a deal to take home over €25,000.
Stephens explained that she's been playing poker since seeing Chris Moneymaker win the WSOP Main Event in 2003.
Having played strategy games since her childhood, Stephens said she quickly recognized that modern poker strategy was far more complex than what she had experienced playing cards recreationally before.
So she started practicing online, reading books and studying how professionals played by watching poker on TV and the internet.
Stephens lives in Costa Rica and she's putting her poker theory into action by traveling to tournaments in far-flung, exotic destinations.
Malta, Czech Republic, Australia
Malta was Stephens' first major live poker trip but she said she's planning more soon.
The final European Poker Tour stop in Prague this month is on the list. So's the Aussie Millions in Melbourne in the new year.
Stephens said her score at BOM will make things a lot easier.
“Winning this cash just makes it easy for me to travel around and play some more poker tournaments and it definitely boosts my confidence,” she said.
“It's a poker dream come true.”
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