The Best Female Poker Players
Slowly, and I do mean slowly, the male dominated world of poker seems to be waking up to the fact that 50 percent of the worlds best poker players (the female ones) aren’t ever entering into the sport. Each year sees the glimmering light of sex equality in poker gaining strength as female players break through into the upper echelons of the game. What follows are five profiles of some of the best female players around at the moment.
Vaness Selbst is recognised as the most successful female poker player to date. American Selbst has bagged more than $9 million in tournament winnings in her career up to 2013. Her 2014vyear seems to be off to a very lucrative start with a third place in the PCA 2014 Super High Roller in January earning her a cool $760,640 which she followed three days later with another PCA Super High Roller placing earning a further $607,580. She is currently rated second in the Global Poker Index.
Jennifer Harman was the first woman to win two World Series of Poker bracelets, the most desired poker trophy on the professional circuit, in 2000 and 2002. The 2002 win was especially prized as it was in a format of poker that Harman had no previous experience. She was introduced into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2010.
Kathy Liebert has been a well known player on the professional poker scene since 1994. In a career where she has taken $6 million dollars in earnings, she is still a regular at the main poker events. Her most notable win was a cool $1 million pot in 2002 when she took the PartyPoker Million cruise.
Annettte Obrestad is a Norweigan player who established her reputation in online poker. She became the youngest player to win a WSOP Braclet at the age of 18 in 2007. Claiming never to have bought her way into an online poker rooms; she played only the freerolls, her career winnings currently include $2.5 million in online winnings plus a further $4 million from playing live tournaments.
Xuan Liu was born in Tian Jin, China but emmigrated to Canada at the age of five. Her poker career started for real when she was at university. Since graduating, she has focused on developing a very successful career in poker. She has accumulated more than $1.4 million in tournament winnings, and she is a member of the EPT Players Council. Oh well, Mah Jong’s loss is poker’s gain!