Will 2023 Be the Year of Kitty Kuo? The Natural8 Ambassador Thinks So...
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There is only one Kitty Kuo. She is perhaps one of the most unique and likable poker players out there and with over $2.7 million in career earnings, Kuo knows her way around the poker table as well.
Having recently spoken to her fellow Natural8 Ambassador Adrian Attenborough, Kuo took time out from her busy schedule ahead of a packed December poker calendar to talk about her recent success and a look ahead to her 2023 plans.
Playing Poker in Asia
Kuo, who sits fourth on Taiwan's all-time money list, has been traveling around the world playing in numerous poker festivals but recently scored a podium-finish in the WPT Prime High Roller in Taiwan.
Chop 3 way @WPT high roller Didn’t make up so I don’t want trophy https://t.co/o3jHXnQ0VH— kitty kuo (@kittykuopoker)
"I feel more comfortable playing in my hometown," Kuo told PokerNews. "I just like the food and the lifestyle. Whenever I'm in a happy mood, it makes me play better and stay focused for much longer.
"I really enjoy all of the major Asia poker tours — every poker player with an ego wants to win a title!"
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As one of Asia's most popular poker players, Kuo says she never feels like she has a target on her back.
"Most players don't enjoy playing against me, but afterward they always say that they've learned a lot!"
Discussing Her 2023 Plans
The 2023 poker calendar is already filling up, with the release of the EPT calendar, and Kuo says she's looking forward to attending other major poker events in the coming months.
After the Wynn World Poker Tour Championship, she heads back to Asia for Poker Dream Malaysia. Following that she heads to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure and PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC).
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The rest of her plans? Well they'll surely feature some of her favourite stops.
"The WSOP Las Vegas is the best place to play. It's not even close. Then you have EPT stops in Barcelona and Monte Carlo.
Kuo recently took to Twitter with a poll on what players would like to see from her in 2023. The options were:
- Kitty win a World Poker Tour title
- Kitty in love
- Kitty play on live streams
- Kitty's lifestyle videos
The winner, with 36% of the vote was 'Kitty in love' narrowly beating 'Kitty win a World Poker Tour title', but that doesn't stop Kuo from yearning for some future success on the felt.
"I'm ready to work so hard and my goal is still to look for a major tournament cash. I feel that 2023 will be a very important year for me."
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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.