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A Wild Year for Lynette Chan

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It's been a crazy twelve months for Lynette Chan. She's become a Full Tilt Pro, jumped into the online poker world for the first time, shifted her play to tournaments then back to cash games. She's having the time of her life.

"When Full Tilt invited me to become a Full Tilt Pro, I was extremely honored," Lynette said. With the recent addition of Erica Schoenberg, the women pros of Full Tilt include Jennifer Harman, Clonie Gowen, Kristy Gazes, Karina Jett, and J.J. Liu.

"Full Tilt put me into the Main Event, and I was really proud to make it into Day 2. I played on the ESPN Table, although it wasn't broadcast. Mike Matusow was there, and it was a good table for me. I went out of the tournament with a flopped middle set vs. a flopped straight. Sometimes you look back on a tournament and think you could have played something different, but I don't think I could have done anything more at the Main Event."

Lynette plays NLH at the Bellagio and Commerce, but after signing with Full Tilt, she added the online site to her repertoire. "I'd never played online before, then I started learning more about it after I signed with Full Tilt. I quickly started playing tournaments a lot, and I started seeing good results. Just playing so many tournaments helped my play. I'll usually play small to mid-stakes NLH with a little PLO as well."

The biggest challenge for Lynette comes in the passion of poker. "I see poker as a lucrative job, but I struggle with wanting to put in the hours. I just don't have the enthusiasm to play fifteen, sixteen hours at a time.

Lynette's boyfriend of four years is also a poker player, and that can be a challenge. "If I wasn't with Tyler, I wouldn't want to date a poker player. It is hard for both of us to play. Someone has to be a rock, and if he has a bad session, I have to be there to support him. Most people say female players are very emotional, but I really don't get emotional. I see bad beats like the office politics."

Her time with Full Tilt has been exciting. "I didn't get to go to the Aussie Millions, which really would have been fun. I just couldn't commit to two weeks away. I did get to go to Montreal with Chris "Jesus" Ferguson and Gavin Smith. There was a 1,600 person tournament, and I finished 5th."


Lynette has been drawn into her father's business in Vancouver. "My father is part owner in an oil refinery, among other business ventures. He is working on exporting sugar from Cameroon to China, and I have been helping him with that."

"I have some friends in the poker world. Connie Kim, J.J. Liu, Vanessa Rousseau are all good friends. I've also just starting building a relationship with Liz Lieu, who is great. Nam Le has probably helped my poker the most in the last year. I'm constantly chatting with him online, asking him a lot of questions. He's modeled his game after Barry Greenstein and Tuan Le, some of the best players in the world. I've improved because of Nam."

Lynette has played two events including today's $2.5k NLH 6-max, where she busted with J.J. Liu and Michael Craig at the table. "Michael Craig took forever then called me with pocket kings. What did he think I had?" She had A-Jo, and that was her ticket to an early lunch.

She plans to play a couple more events then head back to L.A until the Main Event. "My boyfriend and I are looking at a house in La Jolla, so it is a pretty busy time, Lynette said. She's hopes to fit in a deep run in her next even

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