It has been quite a summer for Danielle Moon Andersen. The once online high stakes cash games player has made three trips to Las Vegas from her home in Minnesota during the 2013 WSOP, most notably for the premier of the movie Bet Raise Fold: The Story of Online Poker.
Aside from the excitement of the film’s private premiere in early June, Andersen earned her first WSOP cash when she made a deep run in the $10,000 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Championship, finishing 44th for $3,709.
“I’ve played the Ladies event twice before and played a total of about seven hands,” Anderson said of her previous attempts in the annual WSOP tournament.
Having earned her living in cash games on the virtual felt, Andersen did not play a lot of live tournaments and has only played about eight WSOP events throughout her career. Picking up her first cash on such a deep run was bittersweet for the mother and wife.
“It was exciting and disappointing as well. I had a good feeling the whole time and thought I had a good shot at final tabling it,” she said. “I’m a cash player and don’t really play tournaments. I don’t want to say I play tournaments recreationally because I’m always trying to make money, but I only play a few a year.”
But as one, if not the top, most successful online female cash games player in internet poker history, the nearly $4,000 cash was not a big deal to Anderson. She wanted the top prize.
“Perspective wise the cash isn’t that big of a deal. I don’t care about the money. I was playing to win,” Anderson said.
After being eliminated from the Ladies event Andersen went back home to see her family and await the reaction to Bet Raise Fold, which premiered online for the general public June 30.
“It’s been really exciting actually. Usually I’m obsessive compulsive about driving but coming home from the airport I made my husband drive so I can follow Twitter and Facebook,” she said. “So far people are saying really good things. I kind of actually expected worse. In general when people are online and anonymous, you know there will always be haters. I expected more of that at this point but the feedback has been really good.”
With a few days to spend in Minnesota before coming back to Las Vegas Andersen plans to spend quality time with her husband and five year old son.
“We are having lots of pool time and movies, just fun stuff with the little guy,” she said. “When I’m gone a lot it is hard so I try to spend lots of time with him when I am home. He knows it sucks when mom has to leave for work but he understands there is a payoff for it. We get to do really fun stuff when I am home.”
Andersen will be back at the Rio for the Main Event looking to add another WSOP cash and deep run to her resume. But no matter what happens, she has had a summer to remember.
“This summer has been a combination of relief and excitement to see such a long project finished and anticipation and optimism for what the future holds,” Andersen said.