Katie Stone

Katie Stone is a poker player and a chess entrepreneur. She started playing poker in 2004 in Dallas, TX later gravitating towards tournaments due to being a chess player as a child. She has played in numerous EPT, WPT and WSOP tournaments around the world. Katie lives in Rosarito, Mexico and plays online as 'katie75013' on Poker Stars and other sites.

Katie is also a successful entrepreneur. Prior to poker, she co-founded the largest childrens' summer chess camp organization in the United States; USA Chess uses the game of chess as a means of teaching critical thinking skills to children and conducts programs in more than 100 U.S. cities each summer. By the time she fulfilled her entrepreneurial goal of selling the majority of her shares in the company in 2004, USA Chess had introduced and continues to introduce the game of chess to tens of thousands of children across the United States.

Katie's childhood was typical in that she was involved in basketball and chess; but atypical in every other way. All throughout school, Katie was a standout basketball player and was mentored by NBA Hall of Famer Calvin Murphy. As a result, she became the only female ball kid for the NBA's Houston Rockets and was on the court with them for both NBA Championships in '94 & '95.  In her free time she would attend shoot-arounds with the team and would often receive pointers from NBA greats such as Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Avery Johnson and Scott Brooks.