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The Round Table – Anna Wroblewski Opens Up

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She’s known as the Poker Pixie and she lives up to that name. Just 100 pounds, Anna is one of the tiniest rising players on the tour. She has already won two events and has cashed for over $800,000 and counting.

KL: Why poker? How did you even get started with the game?

Anna:
First time I learned how to play poker was the summer after I graduated HS. I started to play mainly because I was sick of playing pool every day, poker offered another distraction.

KL: When you are playing would you say there are any advantages to being a petite girl playing poker?

Anna:
I think there were some advantages being a young, small girl. Most people would underestimate me just because they probably saw me as some young girl messing around on her free time. When I played before I'll purposely did stupid things to get an image going. Now, there seems to be a disadvantage. I can't be as creative. Everyone knows how I play now and it's been tough keeping up with poker considering it's constantly changing and the players are getting better.

KL: Tell us about the Bellagio win.

Anna:
The Bellagio win changed my life in in many ways. I was a struggling gambler after playing over my head when I was 19. Not only that, I was probably a gambaholic for awhile until I realized that I was going down the wrong path. Playing constantly, had very few social outings, was a horrible friend, daughter, sister, etc. Having to get a job brought me back to earth. I was lucky to have a nice boss who started my whole insanely lucky streak in poker. After the Bellagio win, I was no longer eating easy mac for breakfast lunch and dinner. I quit my job and played poker fulltime. I was able to pay back all the debts that I had accumulated, which completely alleviated the stress and guilt I had. I was able to help my family and felt like perhaps I wasn't such a failure after all. My family was happier now.

KL: Was the tournament pretty smooth or were you grinding?

Anna:
The tourney started with 6k in chips. I lost 1/2 of my stack 2nd hand in J-J vs. A-A. I took a breather for about half an hour outside, watched the water show. I came back and immediately doubled up with A-A. Then I doubled up about two hands later all-in preflop with A-A vs. J-K. Although I did get really lucky on that hand, the guy who called my all-in made trips on the flop and I had to river a two outer to win. For the rest of the tourney it was smooth sailing until it got to 16 players. I made a blunder, which everyone knows. I misplayed J-J vs. Barry's 5-5 and Shanon Shorrs' 6-6 and got lucky.

By the time I got to the final table, I felt pretty confident I was going to win, not because I thought I was a better player, just because I felt like it was my time. I was 5th in chips and my only thought was “wow I can't believe I even got here!” I had 2 shots of Patron and 2 beers at the final table---perhaps that was the reason why I won!

KL: How many tournaments had you played before that?

Anna:
I had played a couple of small tournaments; the 3k event that I won was my 2nd major multi table tournament. The one before that was a 2k event the day before which I cashed in 16th place.

KL: What are your thoughts on ladies events?

Anna:
I used to think ladies events were dumb, based on the fact that every time I had a full house they seem to have quads. Also, don't think I am as competitive vs. other ladies. As I learned how other ladies play better, I feel more comfortable at the table. Now I think ladies tournaments are needed to make poker bigger.

KL: How are they different from open events?

Anna:
I don't really know what to say without it sounding insulting to someone. I guess I tend to have a little more fun in open events just because I can say more stupid, flirty things that guys seem to be more susceptible to then females.

KL: What is your favorite tournament on the tour?

Anna:
I like any NL deep stack events that are 3k and higher. They are challenging and I'm able to play real poker and don't feel like it's a crap shot.

KL: What are your plans for the WSOP?

Anna:
I am planning on playing all 5 and 10k NL and PL hold ‘em events. I hope to take a shot at some smaller stud, razz, PLO games also.

KL: How many events are you playing?

Anna:
8-12

KL: How do you prepare?

Anna:
I took a vacation to Hawaii, cleared my thoughts and I'm trying to stay away from online poker and playing too much.

KL: Where are you staying?

Anna:
I am staying in my house with 4 other roommates who also play poker for a living. I might be staying at the Rio to make it easier since I don't drive, not sure yet.

KL: You write a blog for Poker Road that is often very open and personal - what made you decide to be so straightforward?

Anna:
I value honesty and being open is a way for me to express myself, to let people know that I'm a real person. My life isn't all about poker and I wouldn't want it to be. I think poker is a very rough life. Not only does it affect your mental, social, and emotional life but it's also physically draining. I like to think that what I say would speak to others who are on the same path as me or considering going on the same path as me.

Poker life is not easy, granted that you could have that one good win, but it's how you live after that is what really matter. It's easy to make money, but really hard to keep it. Frankly poker is very boring to talk about. It's the same thing over and over again. I hate analyzing hands and writing about them because it makes my head spin. I don't like rehashing bad beats and I don't really like to talk about good beats because it feels like I'm a know it all! :). There is only so much you can say about your job!

KL: Any future poker goals?

Anna:
I hope to always do my best and perhaps make enough to retire in the next ten years!

*photo courtesy of LasVegasVegas.com*

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