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Walking onto the Carnival City poker floor yesterday evening before the main event got underway, I noticed a mysterious beautiful woman on the floor who I’d never seen before. Obviously my mouth dropped but I managed to keep it together and avoid staring. Melika is a beauty queen, having won the Miss Global Iran and Miss Global Fitness in Manilla, Phillipines in 2016, and the Miss Power Woman World in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in 2017.

Melika learned to play poker in her family home at age 9, and she started playing with friends more regularly from 16, and at 21 she was being sponsored to play. She is a fierce competitor if her reputation holds up. Her biggest cash took place in Macau where she won a tournament for $ 89 495.

She and her cash game pro boyfriend Alf Martinsson, who were introduced by mutual friends at the tables of Macau, live between Cape Town in the summer where Melika settled with her family after leaving Iran at 14, and the next 6 months of each year smashing the European poker scene. Her mom choosing South Africa after she fell in love with it years before when she was young.

Melika is 29 now and works both as a poker pro and a personal trainer, although some might be more interested to know that she loves magic and even worked as a professional magician between the ages of 19 and 25. She’s always loved magic. She also lived for 2 years in Mossel Bay of all places attempting to get some independence in her youth, however she returned to Cape Town to complete her studies.

Melika is passionate about the fact that her Iranian passport disqualifies/prevents her from participating in tournaments in America, which as we poker addicts know is the Mecca of the poker world. She’s a liberal woman with a zest for life and doesn’t want politics to dictate where and when she can play poker, which she is seriously passionate about.

I asked Melika on a scale of 1 to 10, if something happened to Alf, what chances her and I would have becoming an item. Her response, to my severe disappointment was -100, citing the fact that I’m ‘married’ as a deal-breaker, although she did chuckle and comment on how things may have been different had it not been for that ‘wife’ of mine (who if shes reading, I love dearly), I blushed and ran away. Thanks for the block Mrs Sandler.

Melika’s day didn’t start smoothly, she did 4-bullets, thrice busting with AK. She came back for the freezout short stacked and is now sitting with a respectable collection of chips in front of her.

We wish her and Alf the best of luck in the Main Event and hope to see them at future MonsterJam stops.

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