Who says poker is a man’s game? Sure, guys like Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth dominate the news and the airwaves. And yes, the final table is most often filled with a ridiculous amount of testosterone. But over the past few years, women have started to take control of the felt, securing titles and taking names along the way.
Today, we’re taking a look at strong women in the World Series of Poker. If you love the game, pay attention. You’ll quickly learn that there’s a place at the final table for everyone.
Jacquelyn Scott • Ladies Event Champion
Jacquelyn Scott of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida turned a $10,000 buy-in into a first place prize of $153,876 in the 2015 Ladies Poker Championship at the World Series of Poker. Jacquelyn bested a field of 796 players to secure the title and the first place prize of the $715,000 prize pool.
Now, if you haven’t seen Scott, it might surprise you. When it comes to ladies in poker, the TV tends to focus on women like Liv Boeree, Jennifer Tilly, or Vanessa Rousso. But Scott doesn’t have a pro sponsorship or a huge following. She is, however, respected in her own right. At 66-years-old, the WSOP bracelet winner is a former registered nurse who currently works for Re-Max as a realtor.
Carol Fuchs • First Female Bracelet Winner of the 2015 WSOP
In the entire history of the World Series of Poker, only 21 women have won open events. This year, it was Carol Fuchs. Se won the $1,500 Dealers Choice tournament for her first bracelet. She also won $127,735. Best of all, Fuchs was an amateur poker player, not a professional gunning for the big prize.
Kelly Minkin • Last Woman Standing in Main Event
The World Series of Poker Main Event tends to be dominated by men. In fact, a final table appearance by a woman is about as common as a screen door on a battleship. That’s not to say that women aren’t good at poker. They are. But women don’t tend to win that often because the field of thousands is usually dominated by men. This year, Kelly Minkin made a deep run in the Main Event, finishing in 28th place in the $10,000 buy-in tournament. She won $211,821 for her efforts, a pretty solid win for the USA poker player. Her total career winnings top $750,000 and she recently secured a 5th place finish this September in a 2015 Legends of Poker tournament.
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