Jamie Kerstetter may not be a widely recognized name, but you should really familiarize yourself with one of the poker world’s most beloved members.
Not only is Kerstetter one smart cookie—she graduated Rutgers University and obtained her J.D. from the University of Michigan—she is also quite an adept poker pro as well as a rising media personality in the poker world.
Kerstetter’s poker journey started 18 months after her law firm decided to lay off newer attorneys. Having dabbled in poker when she was younger and while in law school, Kerstetter decided to change career paths—and, well, the rest is history.
Jamie Kerstetter and poker: the early years
Like any other player, Kerstetter has had her ups and downs. Perhaps her downest down, during one of her online ups, the unthinkable happened. Black Friday hit when Kerstetter was up $40,000 on Full Tilt and believed she could actually make a career out of poker. After the seizure of several online poker rooms—including Full Tilt—Kerstetter found herself unemployed with nearly half of her bankroll unattainable.
Discouraged, she moved to Mexico and played online poker south of the border for a while. When New Jersey legalized online poker, she was able to return to her friends and family and play legally. As a bonus, PartyPoker was looking for a female ambassador for its new partnership with the Borgata and voila, talk about being in the right place at the right time!
She was back home in New Jersey, playing online poker, and working. All seemed right with the world.
On the felt
In addition to her online success—where she has amassed nearly $800,000—Kerstetter has fared well in the live sphere. Her current live tournament winnings are slightly more than $630,000 which include three cashes in the WSOP Main Event over the past eight years.
Jamie Kerstetter: Media darling
Kerstetter has amassed quite the following on Twitter with more than 17,200 devoted fans who enjoy her oftentimes sarcastic, mostly funny, to the point tweets. Because of these tweets, her media career has effectively taken off as well. In addition to hosting Poker Night in America and providing commentary for WPT Deepstacks and the Heartland Poker Tour, Kerstetter was recently tapped for booth honors for Days 1A and 1B at the WSOP’s Main Event. Had Kerstetter not been playing on Day 1C, undoubtedly, she would have been invited back for more. Kerstetter ended up cashing in the Main Event—finishing 982nd and taking home nearly $16,000.
In a recent interview, Kerstetter admitted that her recent WSOP gig was scary at first, but after she relaxed and let her natural sense of humor and personality come out, she definitely shone.
Tweet, tweet away
If you’re not following Jamie Kerstetter on Twitter, why the heck not? She covers every topic imaginable, such as:
It’s the only exercise I do most days https://t.co/kbqGDmXJll
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) July 4, 2018
Kerstetter’s dog Crouton makes many appearances in her Twitter feed. And why not? #GoodDogMom
Going home bc I miss Crouton is saving me somewhere between $565 and negative a million dollars
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) June 5, 2018
He was driving the arf-v through Colorado but then he got high pic.twitter.com/0oRazX6GQp
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) May 7, 2018
You’ve just got to love this tweet! It’s not a bad idea, in fact.
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) July 16, 2018
Being able to poke fun of oneself is a tremendous gift.
My plan of winning the ladies event and then keeping my whole main event somehow didn’t pan out. Slide into the DMs if you want action or to make fun of me for being poor, thx
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) June 29, 2018
That’s the reason I didn’t do it.
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) July 12, 2018
But, of course, poking fun—indirectly, of course—at others is even better.
PH just went from 9 to 10 handed and as a poker player I am obligated to complain about it
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) June 18, 2018
As a Las Vegan transplant, Kerstetter has rightfully embraced the tremendous Vegas Golden Knights.
Any way to watch @GoldenKnights while driving through Bumblefuck, Kansas?
Maybe you kids know about some sketchy site?
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) May 7, 2018
— Jamie Kerstetter (@JamieKerstetter) June 15, 2018
The 35-year-old Monroe Township, New Jersey, native recently relocated to Las Vegas—not for the poker—but to become an American Ninja Warrior. Well, sort of. Take a look at this 888ride video where she discusses her plans, her minor fears, her supportive mom, and her, um, intense training regimen.
Jamie Kerstetter is a truly unique individual—one who has taken her intelligence, wit, and love for poker and turned it into a truly lucrative career. And as for practicing law? She certainly doesn’t appear to miss it. Besides, we have enough attorneys today, especially in Las Vegas.
Until next time.
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Natalie Faulk is a Las Vegas-based freelance writer/blogger and the author of several books. She is an avid low-stakes (for now) poker player and huge Vegas Golden Knights fan.