WSOP 2012: XX marks the spot

wsop-130x100.pngWhen registration for the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event closed, the field was awash with Y chromosomes. They were everywhere.

While poker has made big efforts over the years to attract more women to the game, the XX chromosome pair still doesn't show up in huge numbers at the Main Event. The WSOP's PR director Seth Palansky told us the field is 96.8% male. Of the 6,598 starting players, only 211 of them were women. Even fewer made it to Day 2.

It was a statistic that didn't translate quite as well the PokerStars players who finished Day 1 with chips. Of the 30 members of Team PokerStars Pro and Team Online who made it to Day 2, ten percent of them were women--very successful women, in fact.

Liv Boeree, Vicky Coren, and Vanessa Selbst all advanced from Day 1B and are all three still alive in today's field. Their performance is zero surprise to anyone who has followed their games over the years. Boeree and Coren both have European Poker Tour titles. Selbst has performed better than any woman in poker (and better than most men) over the past half-decade. Today, the three PokerStars standouts carry the flag for the few women left in the Main Event.

Here's how they stack up against each other.

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Vanessa Selbst: Lifetime winnings $5,375,182; 2 WSOP bracelets

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Liv Boeree: Lifetime winnings $2,165,635; EPT San Remo championship

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Vicky Coren: Lifetime winnings $1,597,943; EPT London championship

As it stands at this hour, Selbst leads the PokerStars women with 120,000. Coren has about half that. Boeree is in the middle of a frustrating day and is sitting on around 30,000.

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NEW BEST FRIENDS OF THE HOUR

Actor Kevin Pollak now seated alongside Andy Black.


THE 'IT'S STILL CLEAN SO I'LL WEAR IT AGAIN TODAY' OF THE HOUR

The guy with the umbrella hat, and Soi Nguyen wearing the jester hat and shoulders.


OVERHEARD CONVERSATION OF THE HOUR

Player 1: "I would have done the same with ace-jack, ace-queen, ace-king. I would have won."

Players 3 to 9: (In unison) "He had a pair."

Player 1: "Ahh, okay..."

Brad Willis
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