Alexandra Botez: New GGPoker Ambassador


Daniel Negreanu introduced a new member of the GGTeam Brand Ambassadors: Alexandra Botez. Our article will tell you what is special about Alexandral and her poker background

Alexandra Botez Gg Poker Ambassador

New member of the GGPoker team 

On March 25, 2024, Alexandra Botez became the seventh Brand Ambassador of GGPoker and the first girl to be awarded this title.

Alexandra joined such poker sharks as:

  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Bertrand Grospellier (ElkY)
  • Fedor Holz
  • Jeff Gross

The Brand Ambassador team mainly comprises professional poker players, except for the commentator Ali Nejad.

Besides her youth and beauty, what makes Botez stand out?

The girl was born in the USA and grew up in Vancouver. She started playing chess at the age of 6. She played for the Canadian national team and became the women's national champion five times.

At 15, after defeating the U.S. national team, she received a scholarship and decided to study at Stanford University. She became the first female president of the local chess club.

In 2016, Andrea and her sister began hosting chess streams on Twitch and YouTube. During the pandemic, broadcast popularity grew exponentially. The BotezLive channel now has over 1 million subscribers.

Alexandra Botez has shown interest in poker over the past few years. First, she was invited to Hustler Casino Live streams (won $457,000), then to the Mystery Cash Challenge show. She won her first tournament on February 2, 2023, at the PCA Series.

TOP 5 questions to Alexandra from Daniel Negreanu

How to deal with the pain of losing in chess and poker?

The most challenging thing is to cope with the intensity of your emotions. This happens in chess. When you lose, you go to your room and don't talk to anyone. But in poker, the fluctuations were much lower. I sat down to play with my thoughts: I am objective, a chess player, and have no feelings. But when I lost, I went into tilt for a week. 

So when I make a big mistake in poker or chess, I look at it this way: I won't repeat that mistake.

Which do you prefer to play: tournaments or cash?

I like tournaments more. They are closer to me because they are more like chess tournaments in duration, where you play for about 10 days for 6-7 hours, plus preliminary preparation. It turns out to be 10 hours of chess daily; it's a kind of marathon.

Have you ever won a poker tournament?

I won a $550 turbo tournament in the Bahamas, which was really cool. I was just playing for fun.

What is your biggest win?

It was probably the WSOP Main Event. I got $17,500, and it was a freeroll for me, so it was cool. But my craziest game was at cash tables, where I played against the pros.

What do you think about women's poker and chess tournaments?

I like them. It's from the point of view that you can make new friends there, and it's also nice to have women's evenings sometimes. Therefore, I have nothing against such tournaments.

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