Australia's Winningest Woman Jackie Glazier

Published on 6 April 2013 by Pokerlistings 652

Jackie Glazier is the most profitable female poker player in Australian history and she's at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific looking to extend that lead. At last year's WSOP Glazier came painfully close to her first WSOP bracelet, finishing in second place, but as she tells us she's confident about winning one eventually. We catch up with Glazier on her home turf in Melbourne to talk Australian poker.

Having the World Series here in Australia is such a big advantage, especially coming from Australia. We have to travel so far to play events, either Europe or America. And having it here on my home turf in Melbourne is like such a big deal to me and it would mean the world to me to win a bracelet here, that's for sure.

Yeah, I've had a lot of success during the World Series. It wasn't how I really got into poker and I've never actually watched a lot of poker on TV regardless. But being in that room for the first time when I first went to the World Series in Vegas was definitely awe-inspiring walking into that room and listening to the chips, and I was hooked from then on.

I started playing poker only probably about five years ago lI'd say it was and it was during a home game with friends. I didn't actually even know how to play. I'd never played a hand online or done anything. And I just loved the game. I loved every aspect of the game. Yeah, I love it. I'm not ashamed to admit I love it.

I've always been a really competitive person. I played a lot of sport and studied mathematics at uni as well, so poker sort of just tended to fit in with those things that I liked and that I was good at. And yeah, my success has come from perseverance and just a hunger...a hunger to win. I hate losing, so.

There's so many aspects that I really do love about poker, Probably sitting at...I prefer to play live poker because I like the banter at the table, I love looking at people and reading them. It's like a cat and mouse game sometimes, where you're pitting your skills against someone else's and all those things just coming together, just yeah, make for a great game.

The large [inaudible 00:01:46] is great. I don't get too caught up in the extracurricular parties and all those sorts of things outside of playing poker, and I try to keep it quite business-like. But the travel that comes with playing poker and the freedom to pick your own hours other than a tournament where obviously I never turn up on time. But yeah, it's a great lifestyle.

Coming second in the Three Card Venture in the World Series was a moment that I'm very, very proud of. I mean, it's a big achievement. No one's going to say that it's not. But I'll admit, when I lost that heads-up match, I went to the row [SP] and I bawled my eyes out. It's a really... every single day I'd wake up and I try to keep telling myself I'm the [inaudible 00:02:32], but yeah, it just really makes me strive to win and I will get a bracelet one day. I'm sure of it.

Sure, I was approached by Phil Ivey's manager after my second place finish in the World Series. Our correspondence started from there and obviously with me being here down under, it couldn't be done in person. It was through emails and [inaudible 00:02:55]. And we negotiated for a while and I actually signed the contract at the start of January.

It's really hard. When you're doing negotiations for a site that doesn't actually exist at that point in time, it's sort of really a hard thing to get your head around. But I have full confidence that they're going to be amazing so that's why I decided to sign with them.