Vivian Im leads the ladies in Macau

Kirsty Mullins

Ladies events can be a controversial topic in the poker community. Some established female players avoid playing them altogether, while others see great value in competing in a field where they believe they have an edge. In a game where none of the physical differences between the sexes bears a direct impact on the playing field or is advantageous for one side or the other, stand-alone ladies events can appear unnecessary.