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Fatima Moreira de Melo

There was once a top heavy blonde beauty who raised une grande ooh-laa-laaa! Across the world, that girl was Bridget Bardot and god has created another similar woman to ply her trade at the poker table, in the frame of Fatima Moreira de Melo.

Fatima Moreira de Melo

Fatima Moreira de Melo

Before we go any further you might want to put the image of a girl’s hockey stick in your mind, that’s because this beautiful star of Team PokerStars Pro was a Dutch Olympic field hockey star whose team won gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. But an Olympic gold medal is only “meh” compared to the rewards on offer at the poker table. Fatima Moreira de Melo was born in Rotterdam (Holland) and is now one of that country’s best known female poker babes with her wild blonde tresses, that really helps her stand out on a crowd (especially surrounded by the unkempt glut of male poker players).

On the hockey pitch Fatima was the team’s striker, and she is just as fierce at the poker table, striking and scoring at every opportunity (although she doesn’t brandish a stick while she’s at it). This European beauty has little free time during poker tournament, as when she folds  and or takes a break, there’s no shortage of groupies who pop up to “have a little chat” with this blond   beauty.

If you don’t think that being Dutch makes a sexy lady exotic enough you might like to know that the pot is sweetened further with Fatima as her father was a Portuguese diplomat in Holland (based in the consulate), where her mother worked as a secretary. Fatima got plenty of diplomatic attention as she was an only child, and therefore had little competition when she wanted to play cards write the grownups. Once out of school Fatima didn’t hang around and went out and got herself a Masters in law. Is it just me or is one of the best things about Poker Bases is their brains?

Hardly a bookish girl Fatima, sums up the three acts of her career so far with the statement, “I started playing hockey when I was six and ended my career by winning the gold in Beijing. Then I quit hockey to go on and play poker.” The side step from hockey to poker dates back to 2007, during breaks between practice and hockey games, Fatia and her teammates would fill the time with poker. After Fatima left the poker team she continued to play with her boyfriend, Raemon Sluiter (then a world ranked tennis player). The sporty couple played online most nights instead of practicing their culinary skills, “It’s usually dinner time when we play here in Rotterdam, so I don’t cook much. Mostly we order out for Thai food and eat during the breaks.” Fatima, says without any shame.

Despite her heritage and her athleticism what I like most about sweet Fatima is the fact that she doesn’t hide her gorgeous eyes behind oversized sunglasses when she’s at the table, leaving me suitably ditracted whenever she’s around.

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