Katja Thater

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Katja Thater is a professional poker player and horse breeder. She is the most well-known female poker player in her home country of Germany and is married to another poker professional, Jan von Halle. Katja Thater was born 14 July 1966 in Hamburg, Germany.

Katja Thaters popularity in Germany comes from the wide coverage on local television of her participation in the Poker Nations Cup and Woman's Poker Open.

Before becoming a professional poker player, Katja Thater was the director of an event and marketing company in Hamburg and competed in dressage tournaments at horse shows. She continues competing in her spare time.

Katja Thater represented Germany as a member of the national team in the 2006 Poker Nations Cup in Cardiff, participated in the Woman's Poker Open in London and recently was added as a member of Team PokerStars.

Katja Thater won her first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2007 in the $1,500 Razz event.

Other major tournament finishes include fourth place in the 2002 Austrian Classics and fifth place in the $1,000 World Championship Ladies no limit Texas hold 'em event in 2007.

As of 2008, Katja Thaters total live tournament winnings exceed $300,000.

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