Katerina Malasidou shares her story (vid)

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Most poker professionals have some interesting stories to tell, as they had to overcome a lot of adversity before joining the elite. The Internet arena is highly competitive and those who are finally inducted in the select group of Team PokerStars Pro Online have plenty of reasons to be thrilled with their performance. Katerina “Katerina289” Malasidou is one of those who made it to the top of the food chain and she’s one of the most successful female poker players.

In a recent documentary she shares her experience both at and away from the poker tables. She found the time to explain the reasons for why she decided to embark on the epic quest of becoming a poker professional and the obstacles that she had to overcome. Katerina accepted the challenge of finding out what separates good players from great ones and eventually made the transition from one group to the other.

As most poker professionals, she started from rock bottom and her achievements exceeded expectations greatly. Initially, she was a dedicated fan of the Magic the Gathering game that has tens of thousands of players all over the world. The competitive nature of the game attracted Katerina and that’s where she met her boyfriend Andre Coimbra who was an accomplished player.

Andre was also well versed in the art of playing poker and is today one of the best online players, which explains how Katerina Malasidou made the transition from one genre to the other. It usually happens that poker professionals benefit greatly from interacting with their peers, as this helps both parties push their career into overdrive. Slowly but surely, the discussions shifted from Magic the Gathering topics to poker related ones, with Texas Hold’em being a far more lucrative hobby.

Another thing that all poker players have in common is that regardless of how successful they are overall, they all go through downswings. Losing is a part of the game, but only the very best manage to overcome these rough patches and return to their winning ways. Tilt is a real problem for beginners and professionals alike, with all of them needing to find a solution to combat tilt.

While there is no definitive answer for this problem, there are many ways to cope with downswings and Katerina uses dance as an effective weapon. When mired in a lengthy losing streak, she doesn’t allow the bad beats have a deterring effect on her and finds solace in dancing.

Staying away from the poker tables for a while and spending your time doing something that you truly enjoy is an excellent remedy. Add to this the fact that dancing keeps her fit and healthy, something that poker players have a hard time doing, since they spent so much time on their computers and it is easy to understand why she wholeheartedly embraced this new hobby.