WATCH: AZ poker star shows how to beat the guys

Posted at 10:22 PM, Dec 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 00:22:57-05

Scottsdale resident and medical malpractice defense attorney Kelly Minkin uses her natural confidence and intuition to her advantage within her male-dominated profession.

The 28-year-old UA and Chaparral grad brings those same skills with her when facing the guys at the poker table, and it helped her win over $200,000 at the 2015 World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas.

Bottom line: When the guys try to push her around, Minkin pushes back. 

"To hang at the poker table and not get offended is a really big thing for me, so I try to just tease back," Minkin said. "People respect that when you can kind of hang."

Minkin is arguably the nation's biggest up-and-coming female poker star. She was the last woman standing at this year's WSOP main event, finishing 29th among a field of over 6,000 that was 96 percent male. She has won over three-quarters of a million dollars playing poker in the last three years.

Part of that success is due to her ability to avoid being flustered by the boys.

"When there's some witty banter going back and forth, you have to kind of play into it a little bit," Minkin said.

Along with a little help from her niece Aaliyah, Minkin sat down with ABC15 to break down some of the most important hands she played during the 2015 main event.

Check out the above video to learn about three keys to her incredible Vegas run.