She was part of the team that launched Asia’s answer to Netflix, was once the best female foosball player in Asia and now Natalie Teh Siew-po is taking the poker world by storm.
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, and still based there, Teh only began playing poker professionally seven months ago when she started “making more from poker than my own job” and already she is the 25th-ranked female in the world after winning around US$150,000.
She is by far the best female player from Malaysia and is sixth overall after growing up playing with her friends at college, who have no doubt why she is succeeding at the top level.
“Generally I’m not a very emotional person, my friends call me a robot all the time and I guess that helps when it comes to poker,” Teh says.
“It was in college when I first started and we were playing for five or 10 cents US in Malaysia and it’s just progressed ever since.”
Before trying her hand at poker, Teh was a senior product owner for iflix, an online internet streaming service for TV and movies based in Kuala Lumpur.