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Former Kelowna RCMP officer competing for $25,000 at PokerStars tournie

Roxanne Johnson from Kelowna knows when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em – she'll be going to the Bahamas to play for a $30,000 prize next month after winning a tournament in the Prague on Dec. 12, 2022.
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A former cop from Kelowna will be in the Bahamas next month playing for $25,000 cash, along with some swanky prizes, in a poker tournament.

After going through a four-week poker bootcamp, Roxanne Johnson was one of seven novice women from around the world invited to play in Prague, Czech Republic for the “trip of a lifetime," according to a media release from PokerStars. 

After winning the showdown tournament in Prague, Johnson – a former court liaison officer for the RCMP – will be heading to the Bahamas to compete in the PokerStars Players Championship for a grand prize worth a total of $30,000. In addition to the cash, the prize also includes six nights at a five-star hotel, airport transfers and $1,900 in expense money.

The tournament takes place between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3.

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The female-only bootcamp and tournament were part of a campaign to help women build their confidence and skills in poker, and also to create more opportunities for existing female players. There are 100 million poker players in the world and just 4% are women, PokerStars said.

“The four-week bootcamp saw novice women players from around the globe learn gameplay skills that translate to real world success including negotiation, strategic decision-making and capital allocation," the release reads.

Johnson is described as a novice but the intricacies of poker and thrill of the game have always interested her.

“It’s super fun to play poker. It’s something that keeps your mind going,” she said a PokerStars blog.

PokerStars said gameplay – not gambling – helps women “build confidence, challenge the status quo, learn strategy, and assess risk in a fun, supportive, safe-to-fail environment.”

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