Czech Pro Veronika "xbet_kiddi" Pavlikova Talks PokerApril 6, 2012 12:10 pm
Last Sunday, an 18 year-old girl by the name of Veronika Pavlikova won the PokerStars.fr €1,100 FPS Snowfest Main Event for €70,000 ($93,387) beating a whole slew of pros along the way including Guillaume Darcourt, Matthias de Muelder, Elky Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov and Thibaud Guenegou.
Unsurprisingly, the young Czech’s victory caused quite a stir, not least because of her relative anonymity, with many subsequent media reports describing her as the next Annette Obrestad.
Now, some of those many questions surrounding the mysterious teenage poker champ have been answered following an interview with PokerStars.
Despite being unknown on the live circuit, where she has played just 20 tournaments, it would appear Veronika Pavlikova has already gained a reputation online, where her speciality is large fields MTTs. In fact, Veronika has amassed $217,907 in winning at PokerStars under the screen name “xbet_kiddi,” and even more remarkably she only joined the site in May 2011.
Apparently, the 18 year-old first got interested in poker around three years ago after dating an online player, who then taught her some of the nuances of the game. One of those skills was extreme aggression and so when she was old enough she started playing online with her results now speaking for themselves. Consequently, Veronika Pavlikova has now paused her studies while she plays poker full-time, although one day she hopes to complete her courses.
Turning attention to the comparisons made between herself and Norwegian WSOP Europe winner Annette Obrestad, Veronika commented:
“I don’t think you can compare me to Annette; she is by far better than me. But obviously I would like to achieve some similar results. She has always been my number one female poker idol.”
Finally, there is some good news ahead for Veronika Pavlikova’s growing number of fans as the online prodigy says she will be playing in a few more live tournaments in the future. These include the UKIPT Nottingham in two weeks, possibly the UKIPT Dublin a month later, and definitely the PokerStars.fr French Poker Series (FPS) Amneville.