Kara Scott is a Canadian-born professional poker player, TV personality, and journalist. Before becoming a pro poker player, she worked as a poker TV host and journalist, and before that a backgammon host, having been involved in the 2006 World Series of Backgammon that was broadcast in Canada and in Europe.
During the same time, she worked as a columnist for several poker publications, and had some of her articles published in popular poker magazines in both print and online, including the UK Poker News, Poker Player Magazine, Card Player Magazine, and Online Gambling Magazine.
Kara moved to the United Kingdom in 1999 and worked with several Channel 865 television shows including “Sky Poker” and “Sky Television”. In Europe, she also worked as a co-host for the 2007-2008 European Poker Tour (EPT).
Having been a presenter in backgammon, poker, and other televised gambling events; it was in 2007 that she had begun playing live poker on the professional circuit.
Kara Scott has now been a professional poker for four short years, but in that amount of time, she grew in leaps and bounds and gained recognition as being one of the best female professional poker players in the world.
The first tournament she competed in was the Party Poker World Woman’s Open Celebrity tournament, where she finished in sixth place. Though her first big pay day came in 2008 when she won the Party Poker Sports Star Challenge, taking home $50,000 for her efforts. The victory boosted her confidence, and that same year she competed in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event. It was a $10,000 buy-in tournament, and although she didn’t reach the final table, she did cash at the event, finishing 104th out of 6844 runners for a $42,000 payday.
In 2009, Kara would try her hand at the Irish Open. She performed extremely well in this tournament and ended up finishing runner up, taking home more than €300,000 for her efforts. It was a remarkable achievement for a player who was just starting out on the live tournament poker circuit. The result also silenced many of her critics. With her background as a media personality, many doubted her abilities and thought she was nothing more then a pretty face.
Though to avoid the spotlight, Scott slowly transitioned into playing more major live tourneys, mostly participating in various celebrity poker tournaments and the major live tournaments to get a better feel for the professional circuit.
Participating in the 2009 WSOP ME, the girl from Alberta, Canada, was the only female poker player to have cashed in both the 2008 and 2009 WSOP Main Events. Only one other woman has accomplished this feat in consecutive Main Events.
In what is for the most part a male-dominant game, Kara Scott’s impressive performances at live tourneys has fueled her aspirations to take things to the next level and this enthusiasm backed with talent gives her a great shot to claim one of the major tournament titles in the not too distant future.