Show me the money: Women proving they've got game

Thumbnail image for PS Women logo.jpgWith women's stellar performance at this year's World Series of Poker, people around the world are finally starting to see what we've been saying at PokerStars Women for two years now. Not to be pedantic, but let me go on record as saying it this way: Although women are hugely underrepresented, they are highly successful at poker and even against extraordinary odds they routinely manage to cash in the top ten percent. All this, while typically representing only 3-5 percent of the field. This year's WSOP Main Event was an excellent case in point, but there are many other tournament examples that illustrate the fact. Here are just a few examples.

The Year So Far

January--Xuan Liu finishes in fourth place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas for $600,000 outlasting 1068 opponents

June--Team PokerStars Pro Celina Lin wins second Macau Poker Cup Red Dragon Main Event, for an unprecedented two-time championship

July (WSOP)

  • Allyn Jaffrey Shulman wins WSOP Event 29: $1000 Seniors No-Limit
  • Vanessa Selbst wins her second WSOP bracelet in an open event (Event 52:
    $2,500 10-Game Mix-Six Handed) against 421 entrants
  • Elisabeth Hille and Gaelle Baumann finish 10th and 11th in WSOP Main Event, narrowly missing the final table and the November 9. A total of 211 women played the Main Event, as part of a total field of 6,895, and representing just over three percent of the total number. Hille and Baumann were two of the four women who managed to make it to the top 97. The other two in that elite field were Vanessa Selbst and Marcy Topp.

    Team PokerStars Pro Results

    Of the 211 women who played this year's WSOP, four were from Team PokerStars Pro, and they definitely made their presence known. Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, Vicky Coren, and Ana Marquez represented the women for the Team Pros, with 31 men completing the roster. One of those women--Vanessa Selbst--was the top Team PokerStars Pro money leader from the WSOP overall, and the only Team Pro to win a bracelet--in the $2,500 10-Game event. With a total cash of $534,675 in five events, she topped the list, with a $100,000 advantage over the next closest contender, Joe Cada, 2009 WSOP Main Event winner.


    Vanessa Selbst

    But it gets better

    In addition, Selbst and Liv Boeree were on the list of Team PokerStars Pro top seven Main Event cashes (Vanessa Selbst $88,070) and (Liv Boeree, $19,227). And to round out the finishes for the female Team Pros, Vicky Coren cashed for $26,414, coming in third in the $1,500 NLHE event, while Ana Marquez cashed for $15,008 in the $5,000 NLHE. Overall the women cashed for $610,032 or a little more than twenty percent of the overall Team Pro cash ($2,814,718)--a stellar result for four players.

    Underrepresented though they may be, women have continued to get stronger and better at this game every year. Getting better is what it's all about, and after this year's success we're sure to see more female title holders and bracelet winners. As Australian poker pro Jackie Glazier said of her second place finish in the $3,000 NLHE event at the WSOP (a $457,776 cash), "It's the first year that women are consistently going deep, showing that it's not just a men's game. Now that more women are doing well, it has a snowball effect, more women see others succeeding and they say, "I want to get to that level--I want to get better."

    This year's results have certainly illustrated that not only are women getting better. They now have the results to prove it.

    For more details on all the Team PokerStars Pros see Brad Willis' detailed report here.

    And for all the details about women in poker, pro interviews, and details of upcoming live events see the PokerStars Women page.

    Rebekah Mercer
    @PokerStars in PS Women