Jennifer Leigh, or as she is known by her somewhat alter ego, “Jennicide,” is an enigma in the world of high stakes poker. The blonde-haired Delaware native has been playing poker in some form since she was a child. Although she loves the limelight and the money she has made—especially online—she is also a self-proclaimed “nerd” with a passion for rebuilding computers, video games and all things tech.
Leigh says she loves the strategy and science of the game as much as the winning hands and bright lights which have come to professional poker in recent years. It is that love of strategy that will have her join five teammates in London later this month for the first-ever Nations Cup, a two-day duplicate poker event in London which will pit country against country (12 nations total will be represented).
In addition to Leigh, the team will include Hall of Famer and captain Barry Greenstein, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, Isaac Haxton, Ali Eslami and Vanessa Selbst, with veteran Matt Mantos serving as alternate.
Leigh has never been one to shrink from the spotlight (as her photo spreads in Playboy and FHM have revealed over the years). We caught up with “Jennicide” for a little Q-and-A as she readied her game to travel abroad.
Jerry Milani is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.