The television presenter and poker player, demystified.
If you get to hear this person’s name announced at a poker event, there is a strong possibility that you might imagine a number of things. She has had many experiences in the game of poker, stretching anywhere from interviewing players to announcing, to playing in a handful of tournaments throughout her professional career. People who know her are familiar with her interviewing skills that are as sharp as her techniques when playing poker.
When Kara is at the poker table or in front of her computer playing the online version, there are times when she likes to listen to music because of how long some games take. She resists the urge to plug in her earphones because she wants to be aware of what is happening. Nonetheless, Scott would listen to “Lake Street Drive”, “Electric Guest”, “Alt J”, “Little Green Cars”, and “Cut Copy” on occasion. She chose a playlist like this because the songs help keep her engaged and awake during long games.
Kara was born in Alberta, Canada on August 11, 1977. She chose to migrate to the United Kingdom in 1989, and remained there for a decade prior to moving to California. While she lived in Canada, she was interested in learning about martial arts (Muay Thai in particular), and hosted her own show covering Muay Thai. Scott eventually became the producer of that same show.
On an interesting note, Kara Scott didn’t just one day start hosting poker tournaments. She actually began her announcing career with the game backgammon, hosting events like the 2006 World Series of Backgammon and High Stakes Backgammon. Scott got her big break when she hosted “Poker Night Live”, where she was instantly drawn to the game. She would compose articles for various magazines, and eventually found her columns published in famous poker magazines like “Card Player” and “Poker Player Magazine”.
In 2007, Kara’s hosting duties expanded when she was hired by Sky Poker, and was also the host of the European Poker Tour that same year. After writing editorials about the game and hosting prestigious events, she wanted to know how it would feel to be in the game rather than just announcing it. Scott joined a number of celebrity events and poker tournaments, and was able to cash in at her first two events. A popular highlight was when she finished in 6th place at the PartyPoker World Women’s Open. Her lifetime winnings from poker events have exceeded $500k.
Guest post by: Rebecca Henry
A 30-something Australian expat living in London. She takes pleasure in playing the piano together with her beautiful kids every weekend. Currently, Becky juggles her time between her family, her full-time work as a writer and consultant, and her passion for music.