The 32 year old Canadian’s idol is Jennifer Harman, she has 2 WSOP bracelets and no less then USD 3.7 million in her bank account.
“krissyb24” is a nickname feared in the global online poker world. Kristen plays very well online and in the live poker tournaments. All of this peaking with the Woman of the Year in Poker title in 2017.
Another kind of beginning for Kristen Bicknell
Born in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Bicknell had a rather non-conformist family. Her father gave up his studies when he was young in order to pursue his passion for racing. Compared to other success stories in poker in which we find out that the poker players gave up formal education as to succeed in poker, there was no need for such a thing in her case, as her family supported her from the very beginning in doing what she likes.
Since she was young, her father would take her to karting races where she would compete against boys and win on a regular basis. Maybe this is where she gets the ease with which she beats men at poker.
In her first year at university, she played a small poker tournament with her friend, and ended up playing 8 hours of heads-up against him. She doesn’t remember who won, but it fueled her passion for poker.
In 2006, she opened an account on PokerStars and started playing enough as to quickly reach the status of Supernova Elite, which she kept for 4 years. She is known for countless of games played simultaneously, even 24 hands, holding the record for 3.8 million hands played in one single year.
The best live results
During 2006-2010, she played in tournaments sporadically, without excelling. Concentrated more on the online, she tried to play as much as she could to gain experience. Of course, the live game is somewhat different and she tried her luck at the 44th edition of WSOP in 2013, where she played in the USD 1.000 buy-in No limit Hold’em – Ladies Championships (Event #51) tournament, which she won by beating Leanne Haas at heads-up. Kristen added USD 173,922 to her bankroll and put her first bracelet in her CV. A promising start on the poker road if we think about the 954 entries in the tournament and the heavy names that she beat throughout her journey to win her first WSOP bracelet.
In 3 years time, she strikes again at the World Series of Poker. This time, it’s the USD 1,500 No Limit Hold’em Bounty (Event #46). Out of 2158 registered, Kristen succeeded and won her second WSOP bracelet. It is amazing how fast she caught the game and how she manages to endure such a soliciting tournament. Her gain: USD 290,768, the loser: Norbert Szecsi from Hungary. In 2016, she signed an important contract with a large poker room, aspect which confirmed her ascending global poker star status.
She started to frequently play in the grand tournaments, participating to events held both in Europe, Asia, Australia and South America. In 2017, she played 29 tournaments, and in 2018 – 27 tournaments. Good results and money in her account started to gather quickly.
In 2017, Bicknell became the best ranked female poker player in the Global Poker Index classification, leaving behind Maria Lampropulos and Maria Ho. Also in 2017, she won first place in the tournament that always takes place in December – the WPT Five Diamond Series at the Bellagio. Her triumph at the USD 5200 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em tournament brought her another USD 199,840 in her account, winning against a pool of 147 players.
In January 2018, Bicknell appeared on Poker After Dark, the famous television series dedicated to poker, in a series called “Femme Fatale”, where only ladies are invited to play cash games. In March 2018, she played in Macao, at the famous APPT tournament, an event with a USD 10,200 buy-in, where she beat David Peters at the final table. Her 2018 victories make the amounts won in live tournaments reach the staggering amount of USD 1,850,000.
She started off this year at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, where she finished the PokerStars Players Championship tournament on the merit 11th place. Gain: USD 328,500. It is interesting that she played in the same tournament that Florian Duta played, who finished on 9th place. And in February, she played the famous Aussie Millions tournament in Australia, the high-roller USD 100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, where she finished 6th.
Kirsten Bicknell impresses through her game science and the nonchalance she manifests at the poker table, however, behind her angel-like face, a “beast”, a “terminator” hides, which, if given the chance, will not spare anyone. I’m sure we’ll keep hearing about her…
Kristen Bicknell at WSOP:
- 2 bracelets
- 32 cash-ins
- 3 final tables
- USD 863,272 won
Kristen Bicknell won the Woman of the Year in Poker title in 2017!
Kristen Bicknell has USD 3.7 million won from poker!