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French poker pro Gaelle Baumann broke out on the poker scene in a big way this summer when she bubbled the WSOP Main Event final table and now she's in Malta showing the PokerListings Battle of Malta who's boss. Baumann finished Day 1a with 72,000 chips and event host Kara Scott speaks with her to find out how she did it.
Kara: Gail Baumann is a professional poker player who we've seen quite a lot of this year, and is now here for the Battle of Malta. So what is it about an event like this that would pull you out to play it? Gail: I used to live here for over a year and I really like Malta. So I just moved to London, actually, a couple of weeks ago, but I still enjoy coming here on holidays. Kara: So a lot of our players haven't been to Malta before, what are some of the things that you think they should definitely see or, you know, things to do around Malta that they shouldn't miss? Gail: They should go to stroll to Sliema, take the ferry to go to Valletta and visit the city there. It's quite nice. There's [inaudible 00:00:37] in the center of the island, and if they want to party they can go to Paceville, which is just really close to the casino. Kara: It's a little dangerous, I think. There's also amazing weather here. Is that one of the things that brought you here to live? Gail: Yeah, sure. I really like...I don't like the cold, so now London, it's a bit difficult for me, but that's why I came here at first. Kara: Well, this tournament has probably a smaller buy-in than a lot of them that you've been playing recently, at 550. Tell me why an event like this would be interesting for you, as a professional. Gail: It's always nice to play smaller events as well because it's more friendly, the atmosphere is more relaxed, the people are less stressed, they're chatting at the table. So it's really a lot of fun to play. Kara: Has that been the atmosphere at your table so far today? Gail: Yeah, it's cool. People are often laughing with each other, so it's nice. Kara: Do you find that anyone's a little bit nervous playing against you now? They've probably seen you playing on TV in some of these huge tournaments. Gail: I don't think I frightened them too much. I don't think so. Kara: Well you frightened me a little bit, I'm not going to lie. I wouldn't want to be sitting with you and playing against you. Tell me how much your life has changed since the last time? I actually saw you in the summer at the World Series with an amazingly deep run, so are people recognizing you, or what's changed? Gail: Yeah. Sometimes there's a guy who recognizes me at 3:00 in the morning in London. I was like, "What? What the hell?" Yeah, it's a lot of fun. And I can do a lot of play, a lot more events now, so I really enjoy it. Kara: Okay, well good luck in our event here, and good luck in the future as well. I'm Kara Scott for the Battle of Malta.