13 Women Who Have Won Open World Series of Poker Events
With the United Kingdom's Victoria Coren Mitchell becoming the first-ever double European Poker Tour winner, I though it would be a good time to look at some more poker achievements had by the fairer sex.
There haven't been many female EPT champions -- the aforementioned Coren (x2), Liv Boeree and Sandra Naujoks -- but there have been plenty of female winners of World Series of Poker bracelets. There are a couple of dozen if we count Ladies Only events, but a still respectable 13 female winners of open events. Here they are.
Poker Hall of Famer Barbara Enright has three bracelets to her name, one of which is valid for the purpose of this Betfair article. In 1995, Enright finished fifth in the $10,000 WSOP Main Event and followed that remarkable performance up the following year by taking down the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha event for $180,000 and some nice, shiny bling.
Nani Dollison is a former poker ppro who is now a dealer for Harrah's. Dollison beat a talented field in the 2001 $2,100 buy-in Limit Hold'em Event for a cool $441,440; adding a open WSOP bracelet to her two Ladies Only titles.
There are few people who would argue that Vanessa Selbst is the best female poker player in the world, not only that she is one of the best in the world regardless of sex.
Selbst is a double WSOP winner having won the 2008 $1,500 Pot Limit Omaha event and then the 2012 $2,500 10-Game Mix to add to her already impressive list of poker accomplishments.
Norway's Annette Obrestad became the youngest-ever recipient of a WSOP bracelet when she defeated John Tabatabai heads-up in the inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event in 2007. Obrestad also won £1 million for her fantastic achievement.
Kathy Liebert won her bracelet in the $1,500 buy-in Limit Hold'em event at the 2004 WSOP, by which time she already had a reputation for being a formidable opponent.
To date, Liebert has in excess of $5.9 million in live tournament winnings.
Annie Duke may be more famous for being called the "c-word" by Daniel Negreanu and for being Howard Lederer's sister, but she also has a bracelet to her name thanks to her winning the $2,000 Omaha Hi/Lo event in 2004.
Loni Harwood had been tearing up the WSOP circuit events around the U.S.A before trying her arm at the larger buy-in events at the 2013 WSOP proper. It turned out to be a great decision as she won Event #6-, the $1,500 No Limit Hold'em event for a massive $609,017 score.
Having cashed in the Ladies Only event and a Carnivale of Poker event at the 2013 World Series of Poker, Dana Castaneda bought into the $1,000 No Limit Hold'em tournament. Three days later and she was crowned champion for some poker gold and $454,207. Nice.
Germany's Katja Thater had a wunderbar 2007; she reached the final table of EPPT Warsaw and in the WSOP Ladies Only event before winning the $1,500 Seven Card Razz event.
Linda Johnson is one of the most recognised female players at the WSOP and a Poker Hall of Famer too. In 1997, Johnson binked the $1,500 Seven Card Razz event for her first and only bracelet.
Continuing the love of Stud-based games is Jerri Thomas who in 2000 won the $1,500 Seven-Card Stud event.
Another female WSOP winner and another in the field of Seven-card stud (although in hi/lo) form. Cyndy Violette took down the 2004 edition of the popular split pot event and claimed the $135,900 prize.
Jennifer Harman has mixed it up in the biggest cash games that Las Vegas has to offer and is one of the most respected poker pros in the world. In addition to her cash game exploits, Harman has two bracelets: (1) $5,000 NL 2-7 Draw in 2000 and a $5,000 Limit Hold'em in 2002.
With more and more women flocking to poker, I would expect at least another female bracelet winner by the time the 2014 WSOP draws to a close. Who would be you pick if you had to put money on it?