Event 7: Barbour Back to Defend

$300 + $30 + $20 NLH 6-Max (Re-Entry)
Level 7: Blinds 250/500/50 ante
34 remaining palyers/28k avg (56 bb)

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The Six-Max is one of Natasha Barbour’s (Brandenton) favorite games and she’s back to defend the title she won here at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa in September.

“I like the action,” says Barbour, who got $4,500 for the win, “It goes fast and you get to play a lot of hands.”

So far today, it’s slow and steady as she’s up to 16k (32 bb).

“I love this room,” says Barbour, who is only a 40 minute drive from Hard Rock, “I love the players. I feel I have an edge because I’ve played with 95% of them.”

Barbour’s local success is becoming more well known as she just claimed a WSOP circuit women’s title in Lake Tahoe, her fifth career win.  She has more than $115,000 in recorded career tournament earnings, with nearly $25,000 of it this year.

While she travels the WSOP and WPT circuits, Barbour definitely considers Tampa home base. “I’m here every day when I’m not traveling,” she says. “I make sure I play all four series here,” adding,  “I’m home for a month.”

This is Barbour’s second event of the series and she’ll be here through the WPT Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship (Dec 13-15).