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Anna Khait has been making a living playing poker for the last year but she doesn't consider herself a poker pro, yet. Khait applied to medical school last year but decided to withdraw her application and follow her dream of playing poker. Originally from Russia, Khait moved to the US at a young age and has been living in Brooklyn ever since. She told PokerListings.com at the 2014 World Series of Poker that she still has a lot to learn but that she can't wait to prove to the poker community that she's more than a pretty face. She also said that her ultimate dream is to one day become a Team PokerStars Pro. Check out this video interview to get to know Anna Khait better and keep watching PokerListings.com for the latest news and video from the 2014 WSOP.
My name is Anna Khait. I'm from Brooklyn, New York. I moved here from Russia when I was four years old. I've been living in Brooklyn my whole life. I started playing poker when someone asked me to join a tournament. I play handball and I travel the country and the world and stuff. And so, I sat down, I played a game. I had no idea what I was doing. I remember I thought a straight was queen, king, ace, two, three. And I was like okay. It wasn't and obviously, I went home and I Googled it and I stumbled upon a few Youtube videos of final tables of WPTs, main events. And I was like, "Oh my god, this is awesome. I love it." I ordered books and I got hooked. I got the bug. So, that's how I started playing.
And I would just get in my car. I would just drive down to Borgata, which is two hours away. Sometimes I couldn't even get a room in the Borgata. I slept in my car. I just was totally hooked and I'm still hooked, thank God, but there's a lot for me to learn still. And there's a lot for me to prove before I consider myself a poker pro. I consider myself a semi-pro. I'm well aware that I am above average, but obviously there is so much for me to learn.
I applied to medical school last year and then I withdrew my application because I wanted to give myself a shot to see what happens in poker so I don't regret it. Because it was always the biggest passion of mine. So I told myself I'm going to give myself a year and a half, see what happens. If I win something big, if I score a big score, I will consider it and I would love to do it. That's my biggest dream is to travel, play poker, and do this for a living.
Hell no. If something big happens in poker, there's no way I'm going to regret not going to medical school. This is what I want to do. This is where I feel comfortable. I just love it. I love the game. I want to learn as much as I can. And fingers crossed. If not, then if it's not meant to be, it's not meant to be. But I will always play poker forever and ever and ever. And I'm considering maybe if I do get into medical school, I'll go overseas so I can play on Poker Stars.
My ultimate dream is to become a Poker Stars Pro. If not, then be a pro who is respected in the game. I can't wait for the day for me to prove to everyone that I am not just a cute face. I love poker. Because I get judged on it all the time. There are threads about that people tell me about and I read and it's hurtful. But I know that I am going to be a force to be reckoned with. I am growing really quickly. I have really good poker pro friends around me who guide me and teach me the best of the best. I mean, they're the best. It's only a matter of time, but my ultimate goal is definitely to be a Poker Stars Pro. I would die happy. Oh my God. It would be insane.