Full Tilt Poker Ambassador Sin Melin has followed in the footsteps as two-time European Poker Tour champion Victoria Coren Mitchell, EPT Sanremo winner Liv Boeree and high stakes cash game guru Alexander “Kanu7” Millar in appearing in a British mainstream media.
Jamie Lewis of The Independent sat down with Melin to get an insight into what life is really like for a poker player flying the flag for one of the game’s biggest online companies.
“Representing a brand such as Full Tilt Poker as an ambassador is a big responsibility and an honour,” said Melin before adding, “I feel so blessed and smile each time I put my patch on.”
Melin signed with Full Tilt Poker as an ambassador in July 2013 alongside fellow new recruits Martins Adeniya, Ben Jenkins and Ireland’s Dermot Blain. Since then, Melin has been spotted in numerous major live tournaments while sporting Full Tilt Poker attire and has put in some great results.
In August 2013, during one of Melin’s first outings as a Full Tilt Poker ambassador, she finished fifth in a €220 Six-handed event at UKIPT Galway for €2,200 then a couple of months later finished seventh in the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event for a £8,900 addition to her bankroll.
That last result was the second time Melin had reached a GUKPT final table having finished ninth in the GUKPT London Main Event earlier in 2013.
Melin is a very personable person with a legion of friends and fans behind her and it is her personality – in addition to her obvious poker talent – that shines through at the table.
“I think utilising my personality at the table gives me an edge,” explains Melin. “Being friendly, always serving up a good dose of table banter, and getting involved in the table conversations are my speciality. It think it definitely helps with gaining players’ trust, which means you can get away with the odd bluff!”
To date, Melin has won over $85,000 from live poker tournaments, a figure that is guaranteed to increase exponentially in the coming months. With the 2014 World Series of Poker only a few weeks away and with Melin chomping at the bit to head to Las Vegas and showcase her skills, exciting times are ahead for always-smiling 26-year old Londoner.
You can see that trademark smile in this excellent Rush Poker promotional video where Melin is attempting to play Rush Poker while being blasted around a racetrack in a Lamborghini super car!