Spanish women’s poker has two fundamental pillars: Leo Margets and Ana Márquez .
Both are characterized by easy access to sponsorship. Throughout their long careers, they have represented many spaces and gained international influence through them, allowing them to inspire not only the women in our communities, but the planet as a whole.
Ana Márquez is now wearing the CardRoom colors of the Americas . This new venture allows her to make a leap she has resisted for over a decade since her presentation to the community at the 2011 PCA Bahamas and her subsequent commitment to Pokerstars.
The owner of the room he represents, Philip Nagy, took several of his players to the Vietnam Legends Poker Series last month, no doubt encouraged by media coverage of Ebony Kenney’s impressive performance in Cyprus, a stop on the circuit. To that end, he organized the ACR Poker Pro Challenge and offered the winner a six-figure prize, with the aim of encouraging his team of pros to invest in buy-ins in Vietnam.
The Spanish player, who played around $25,000 in tournaments early on, encountered her first full high roller event on the same journey, and it couldn’t have been better. The Asian portal SoMuchPoker gave him an extensive interview in which he talked about this particular topic in a very specific way.
By the way, you played your first Triton Series in Vietnam and even made the final table of the 25K Turbo. How was the experience?
Yes, this is my first time and I love it. I’ve wanted to race a Triton for a long time. I was well prepared and very focused, and I knew Vietnam would be a really good stopover as well. So I decided to venture there. It was an amazing experience. And I can’t complain about making a final table at my first Triton Festival.
Are you planning to play more high rollers this year? What’s next?
Yes, but I want to take it easy. I’m someone who doesn’t like to be rushed and I want to be prepared before I get involved in something like this. This year I plan to play more high-level competitions, but I want to choose carefully which ones I play. My next big event is EPT Monte Carlo, and if I feel good, I’ll probably play around 25,000 Euros. If I win the ACR’s 100K Challenge, I’ll have the chance to go to Triton, Cyprus for more high rollers in May. But if I don’t win, I’m going to stay home, study hard and prepare more for the WSOP and possibly the Triton in London.
They have $2 million in live prize money and regularly travel the world to play poker tournaments. What is the most exciting moment you remember today?
Honestly, I think Triton Vietnam was one of my best experiences. I’ve always wanted to play high stakes and high rollers. I’ve played high stakes before, but never a Super High Roller, and the Triton Series is now the most prestigious circuit in the world at this level.
I’ve played $25,000 tournaments in the past, like the PCA, but I think the jump between $25,000 events and $50,000 or more events is really important. Up to $25,000 is high stakes in my opinion, but beyond that, we’re entering a world of our own. During my stay in Vietnam, I entered my first $50,000 event. It’s incredible to me. It is my dream to be able to participate in this game. So it was definitely one of the most memorable moments of my career.
For over 10 years, you’ve been in the poker industry spotlight through sponsorships, achievements and even your personal life. You’ve been under the spotlight of the media. Now that you have more experience…how do you see this aspect of your career?
It has its ups and downs. Obviously, this is a great opportunity for me to get sponsored, and in that sense, it’s been great. But other parts of the show get a little more complicated. I like to keep myself in my own circle, that’s what I love about poker. You can keep playing without worrying about anything else, just focus on your game. But when you’re low key, you’re also under a certain amount of stress. Especially at the beginning.
When I started and became number one in poker in Spain, for two years after that, I was fighting for the rankings and there was a lot of pressure. This adds extra stress that I don’t think is necessary. Also, I like to be mysterious on social media and in my life, I find it a little unnatural to post on social media. I understand that I have to, but it’s a little awkward at times. So it has a good side and a bad side. But overall, the exposure has been positive, and it definitely did me more good than harm.
The WSOP is just around the corner. Have you made a schedule of the tournaments you’ll be playing, what the main tournaments will be, and are you planning to play some cash games in Las Vegas as well?
I figured I’d do both. I played a lot of cash games last year, but this year I want to give it my all in tournaments. I want to play as many games as possible, but it also depends on how I feel there.
I try to play as many cash games as possible. As for the main events I’ll be playing besides the WSOP Main Event, I’m really looking forward to playing the WPT EveryOne for One Drop, which is a $10,000 prize money event with a $10 million guarantee. I’m not sure I want to play the more expensive buy-ins in Vegas because the WSOP takes a lot of energy.
I mean it depends on how I feel. Sometimes when you cash out at certain events, you feel great and get really excited, but then you underperform and get overwhelmed. So I don’t know yet. I want to relax and focus. I’m going to recharge before Vegas and get there strong and ready.