Kelly Minkin Wins Ladies Last Longer but Wants to Last Longest

Kelly Minkin works as an attorney and has piled over $500,000 playing poker on the side.

Kelly Minkin works as an attorney and has piled over $500,000 playing poker on the side.

Kelly Minkin was one of eight remaining women as the dinner break approached on Day 4 of the 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event. She already locked up a cash of at least $24,622 and she picked a bonus by winning a $500 last longer bet with other women in the field.

“It feels good to band together with other women in poker and see who goes the deepest,” Minkin said. “Cate Hall set it up and honestly, I’m really not too familiar with other women in poker. But I thought it would be fun to be involved with. I joined, happen to run good and won $8,500.”

Minkin hopes to be the last woman standing this Main Event. “I think it’s a great accomplishment. I’m used to being the last woman standing in tournaments because recently I’ve had a couple of deep runs.”

She’s had three deep runs since January, her most recent was her 38th place finish in this year’s Millionaire Maker for $29,463. Her largest cash came earlier in 2015 when she finished in third place at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open or $262,912.

Minkin has only been playing poker seriously for a couple years; she has results dating back to the summer of 2013, and earned $540,926 in that time.  “I was in school and I just started playing recreationally and naturally ran it (her bankroll) up from there.”

This is the third time Mikin played the final tournament of the Series. “The Main Event is definitely overwhelming, it’s very exciting to even be participating in it,” she said. “This year at the dinner break on Day 2 I was down to 10K, made a sick hero-fold and I was right. I ran it up from there and and I’m just happy to be here honestly.”

Minkin’s competitive personality drives away from the felt as well. She earned a degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona. From there, she went on to law school and earned her juris doctorate.

“Most people that play poker are naturally competitive and aren’t ever completely satisfied,” she said. “I’m happy with my results and performances and of course I want to be back here in November.”

“Poker is definitely a side gig, but I happen to make more money in poker than I do as an attorney,” Minkin added. “But I really appreciate my job. I’m in a great firm – it’s not really about money for me, it’s about accomplishments and success for me. I’m just happy to have good balance between the two now.”

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Paul Oresteen

Senior Writer: Paul Oresteen originally joined BLUFF in 2008 as an intern. He covered two World Series of Poker’s before leaving to join After a two year hiatus Oresteen returned to BLUFF in November 2012. Since starting as a poker journalist Oresteen has covered the World Series of Poker, WSOP Circuit, World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour. He graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Communications in 2008.
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