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📁 Poker 🕔08.March 2018
Women in Poker

Happy Women’s Day, everyone! Although poker can seem like a male-dominated hobby, women have enjoyed great success in poker over the years. To mark the occasion of Women’s Day, we’ve chosen to showcase some of the female poker legends that have left their mark on the cash game poker hobby.

Vanessa Selbst

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Vanessa Selbst heads this list for a number of reasons – she’s the highest-earning female live tournament player of all time, and she’s also the only woman to have ever attained the #1 ranking in the Global Poker Index. Although semi-retired now, Vanessa’s achievements will take some beating.


Kathy Liebert

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Until Vanessa Selbst came along, Kathy Liebert held the crown of the highest-earning female tournament player. Still, second place in that list isn’t too shabby, and she’s competed with distinction on both the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker.


Annie Duke

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Annie Duke, sometimes called ‘the Duchess of Poker’, is one of the most well-known poker professionals in the world. She held the distinction of being the top earner among women in the World Series of Poker for a number of years, among many others.


Barbara Enwright

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What hasn’t Barbara Enwright done? She’s the proud holder of 3 WSOP bracelets, she’s the only woman to make it to the final table of the WSOP Main Event, she’s the Editor-in-Chief of the Women Poker Player magazine, and she was the first woman to be inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame.


Victoria Coren Mitchell

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Victoria Coren Mitchell is the only player to have won two titles in the European Poker Tour, the first of which in 2006 also made her the first player to win a televised professional tournament. (She had become the first player to win a televised celebrity tournament just a year earlier.)


Linda Johnson

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Another Poker Hall of Famer, Linda Johnson is known as ‘The First Lady of Poker’ due to the numerous honours she’s won during her long association with the World Poker Tour.


Annette Obrestad

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Annette Obrestad entered the world of professional poker tournaments with a bang, becoming the youngest player in history to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2007 when she was just 18. That victory also gave her the largest single-event payout in female poker history (at the time).


Jennifer Harman

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Jennifer Harman was the first woman to win two WSOP bracelets, a feat she achieved in 2002. She recovered from a kidney transplant to become a regular competitor at the high-stakes table in the world-famous Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas.

And there you have it – those are some of the best poker players to have played the game. Finally, we’d like to give a shout-out to all the ladies out there who are part of the Khelo365 family – specifically, we’ve got a message for you from Bratu Alina Maria, poker enthusiast and a veteran of the Khelo365 team:

First of all, Happy Women’s Day to all women around the world!

I’ve been with Khelo365 for around 5 years now, and one of the accomplishments that I’m most proud of is seeing more and more women playing poker in India. Among our users, there were many who weren’t sure if they’d like it or if they should try it, but then they gave it a chance and are really enjoying themselves – which is great to see! I would like to give a shout out to all the female poker players out there who are killing it at the tables – keep up the great work and always turn a profit!

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