Poker Name: Mixed Games
Born: October 28, 1967, Torrance, California
Van Nuys, CA, United States
$1,038,515 (Includes all tournament winnings)
Kirsty Gazes is one amongst the best and longest playing women poker players. She was born in Torrance, CA and brought up and educated in LA. After schooling, her early career started with entertainment industry where she worked as a documentary filmmaker, a post-production coordinator and an editor.
Quirky sense of humor, straightforward, aggressive play, easy going attitude and large collection of sunglasses are the phrases which well suit Kristy as one of the best professional poker players.
Kristy was born poker player as she was daughter to a passionate poker player. She grew watching her father playing poker who wanted to play poker full-time after his retirement but passed away before his dream came true.
Kristy, at 19, began to play poker in 1986. Although she was not eligible, yet she would manage to get through the entry of the Commerce Casino in LA by using her fake ID. Initially she played the game for entertainment and enjoyed even. At first she played just for entertainment purposes, but when she and her friends started sneaking into the Commerce to play Pai Gow. There she came across the poker tables first time, which reminded her of her father teaching her rules and tricks in brief lessons. This encouraged her to try her luck at 7-Stud poker. Then she carried on playing big games and noticed her low-limit poker fetching her bigger income. Eventually she left her job of entertainment industry and started playing no-limit tournaments.
Kristy, nicknamed- “Mixed-Games” due to her adaptive skill to the different format and the changing pace of multiple games, has always proved herself a great player of all time. Although she has never been invited to participate in the World Poker Tour’s Ladies Night, but she has tried in almost every game and cashed well enough as well.
Kristy prefers playing high and low limit and mixed games like H.O.R.S.E and H.O.S.E. In 2001, she made the World Series of Poker S.H.O.E. final table and placed fifth position. In 2003 she won the World Championship of Online Poker Omaha high low split title and in 2004,she won other countless cashes in the $1,000 no limit Hold ‘em, Las Vegas.
After a prolong wait, she made her biggest career win in 2005, when she placed first and won $250,000 in the Full Tilt Poker Championship at the Wynn Las Vegas. The tournament included among others star poker players like Ted Forrest, Clonie Gowen and Daniel Negreanu. The entire show was televised live nearly for four hours in real time on Fox Television and many people witnessed her making her biggest win ever.
Kristy made a number of final tables during the first season of the Ultimate Poker Challenge and also appeared as a guest commentator on the same program. She also made her appearance in the GSN series Poker Royale Battle of the Sexes. In 2007, with two final tables at the Aussie Millions, the Main Event & Pot Limit Omaha event, she won $230,000. The same year she also won the World Poker Tour Season Six Ladies Invitational.
Most of Kristy’s time is spent in travelling with the poker tour. And sometimes when she is away from the table, she enjoys her time holidaying in Hawaii. However, if Kristy feels like playing poker, she prefers playing the tables or online at FullTiltPoker.Net where she plays almost everyday. Recently she has been found shifting her career focus from poker to the stock market and supposedly believed to have owned a successful options trading business.
There has been a rumor around of her taking retirement from professional poker plays which should remain a rumor only before she wins a WSOP bracelet.