She is without doubt one of the pioneers of iFlix, however in 2018, Natalie Teh Siew-po determined to make a big gamble (actually) on her future and left the corporate to turn into an expert poker participant.
The Kuala Lumpur born and bred, solely started taking part in poker professionally 7 months in the past and now, in accordance with SCMP she is already the 25th-ranked feminine on the earth, and the highest feminine poker participant in Malaysia with whole earnings round USD150,000 (about RM610,000).
Initially, as quoted by SCMP, Natalie solely needed to take a short while off to consider what to do along with her life. She stated,
“iFlix was enjoyable however I do know I by no means need to work for a corporation for the remainder of my life. It’s nearly taking a sabbatical to clear my thoughts and likewise journey whereas taking part in poker earlier than I resolve what I need to do. I’ve made greater than I did at my job, in order that’s a great begin. I used to be comfortable breaking even and attending to journey for six to eight months, but it surely’s been so much higher than that, so it’s a bonus.”
Natalie Teh is the chip chief heading into Day three of the #EPTPrague Predominant Occasion and the #PSPC #PlatinumPass winner admits she received fortunate, however is assured about her probabilities. pic.twitter.com/6Juyyahv6e
— PokerStars LIVE (@PokerStarsLIVE) December 15, 2018
Natalie shared with Nextshark on how she received began with poker. She stated,
“I’m Chinese language, so it helped that I knew ‘Chor Dai Di’ or higher often known as ‘Big2’ rising up – at the very least I knew instantly what combos have been what and which have been superior. We performed poker ceaselessly at residence and with mates throughout faculty – it was a terrific excuse to get collectively, compete in one thing however nonetheless stored it social.”
Some folks assume that having a profession as an expert poker participant means you get to have enjoyable and dwell a glamorous life whereas doing one thing simple. Nevertheless, Natalie elaborated that these are simply frequent misconceptions in regards to the recreation. She stated,
“Most individuals don’t realise that it’s important to put in numerous hours – greater than regular 9-5 jobs the truth is. Throughout tournaments, we play 12 hours, typically 15 hours a day – it truly is a grind. This doesn’t embody hours put into enhancing your recreation, learning and hand analyses.”
Her major purpose now could be to be within the high 5 within the feminine World Poker Index (GPI) by the tip of the yr. We might be preserving tabs in your achievement in addition to supporting you each step of the best way. Malaysia Boleh!
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