Kristy Gazes – Class of 2010
Born and raised in the LA area, Kristy Gazes learned to play poker from her father. After turning 21, Kristy and friends would regularly head to the Commerce Casino to play Pai Gow. Once there, she saw the poker tables, and remembering the lessons given by her father, she decided to give 7-stud a shot. After having developed her thirst for victory during adolescent swimming competitions, Kristy enjoyed the game, and before long was going to the Commerce several nights a week.
After over ten years of beating some of the biggest mixed cash games LA had to offer, she eventually heard the call of the elusive “No-Limit Hold ’em Tournament.” She cashed in her first WPT event, and since then has cashed over ten times in various WPT events – including becoming 2007’s Ladies Night Champion. Her eleven cashes are impressive enough on their own – but are made even more so by the fact that Kristy only plays part time!
In 2003, Kristy won the World Championship of Online Poker Omaha High-Low Split, and in 2005 she defeated a daunting field full of big-name pros at the Full Tilt Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. More recently she made two final tables at the 2007 Aussie Millions, including the championship event.
Kristy has been playing poker for 16 years, widely considered to be one of the best females in the game, she’s started playing less and less of late and taken up a different gambling of sorts – the stock market. Currently Kristy only plays one to two tournaments a month, and spends her days trading options in both American and international markets. She appears to have a certain knack for it, and hopes to one day use the proceeds in order to found charitable organizations specifically intended to help and empower women.
Kristy was inducted into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2011.