Turning heads in a male-dominated sport
As the poker industry is stretching its horizons an inch ahead each day, it is still a male-dominated space. The little text available on poker largely chronicles the men. So, today we are taking this opportunity to throw light on the careers of female players of the poker world!
Here is a list of the remarkable top 5 female poker players:
Vanessa Selbst, the top brass
Hailing from New York, USA, Selbst is the only female poker player to sit at the number one position on the Global Poker Index (GPI). She has had a series of achievements during her 12-year long career. She has also won main events on the Partouche Poker Tour.
With the highest career winning of $ 1.8 million and ownership of three World Series of Poker (WSOP) Bracelets, Selbst surely deserves the adulation.
Selbst was known for being an aggressive player which worked out well for her. She managed to reach two WSOP Final Tables, with live cash winnings worth $11.8 million in her career as a professional player.
She eventually decided to retire from the professional scene in January 2018.
Kathy Liebert, the torch-bearer
Liebert has been a regular player at WSOP for almost 20 years now, reaching her first WSOP Final Table in 1997.
One of the highlighting events in her career was when she shipped a career-high first prize of $1 million in the PartyPoker Million in 2002. With this, she became the first woman to achieve this feat!
Another feather in her cap is her World Poker Tour (WPT) winnings which include four separate wins, each more than $250,000!
She is still running her kingdom as she finished in the Top 50 of 2017 WSOP and walked away with $40,181 at the $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event!
Annie Duke, a Ph.D. Scholar, Poker Player and Writer
Raised in New Hampshire, USA, Duke’s story is a classic nerd-turned-poker-player case. Just like academics, she made it a point that she is the best at poker!
Duke surprised the industry when she shipped WSOP Tournament of Champions (2004) for $2 Million and a WSOP bracelet in the same year!
She is the only female to ever take down the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship (2010).
Annette Obrestad, a teenager who marveled many!
Obrestad is surely a gifted player as she marveled her way to the poker world. She won the inaugural WSOP Europe in 2007 for more than $2 million, while she was still a teenager!
The teenage poker star also gloriously paved her way to Australia as she shipped the Aussie Millions in 2010 for a payday of AUD 175,000! She has had multiple Top 100 finishes at the WSOP Main Events in her long list of achievements.
After taking a break from the professional poker industry, she was spotted at the 2017 WSOP $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-handed Event, finishing in the Top 100 list.
Vanessa Rousso, the Lady Maverick
Nicknamed as Lady Maverick, Rousso was a PokerStars Team pro between 2006 and 2015, a highly privileged position.
She has shipped many tournaments, walking away with several six-figure prizes. However, the most outstanding achievement in her career was being crowned as the winner of European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monaco 2009 for a paycheque of $700,000.
Owning lifetime tournament winnings worth $3 million, her phenomenal career cannot be covered in a few lines.
Looking at the Indian online poker industry, it is surely thriving with online gaming websites growing in huge numbers. We are glad that this progress has come with the help of several exceptional female players in the field, and are certain that the numbers of female poker players in India will grow at a steady rate.