Samantha Abernathy Already Enjoying A Golden Year

Samantha Abernathy would not look out-of-place at a modelling photo shoot, but instead the young pro is one of the poker world’s rising stars, with her combination of stunning looks and poker skill making her a formidable player for any opponent to face. In fact, since her first tournament cash in 2014, Abernathy has racked up an impressive $537,150 in live career earnings, the bulk of which came only last month after she finished the Aussie Millions Main Event in 3rd place for $437,543.
Originally from Georgia, Samantha Abernathy studied Art and Design and later worked as graphic designer and photographer, before moving to Las Vegas to pursue a career in poker. As she explains:
“After college, I moved to Chicago and started working full-time at a digital agency doing apps, games, and software. When I started playing poker I decided to quit my job so I could freelance, and play poker in my spare time. I don’t ever want to give it up. It’s too important to me.”
Entering lower buy-in tournaments, Abernathy cashed in at her first tournament in January 2014, walking away with $1,600 for her 129th place finish at a $160 buy-in tournament. By March, however, Abernathy scored an incredible seven consecutive tournament victories, with her combined $620 in buy-ins netting her a return of for $5,876.
By the end of 2014, Samantha Abernathy had notched up 39 ITM finishes, including 28 final table appearances, and 14 outright wins, earning her $34,770, and making her the worldwide number one women’s player that year in terms of 1st place finishes. The following year, Abernathy improved on her performance earning $50,340 in cashes, but 2016 has already started in a meteoric fashion with Abernathy amassing $452,040 in winning, all of which came from three cashes at the Aussie Millions.
Samantha Abernathy also has 18.2k followers on Twitter, and has a sponsorship deal in place with both ShareMyPair, and RunGood Gear, where she helps promote their products as a brand ambassador.

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