Women’s Rise in the WSOP
There were a total of 79,471 entries to the 2013 World Series of Poker with women representing just 5.1% of the field. However, despite this low number, female cashes represented 10.75% of the total money won.While these numbers may sound small, the participation of women in the WSOP has massively improved over the past two decades. However, much more can be done to include women in the event.
Only one woman has made the final table of the WSOP Main Event, Barbara Enright in 1995 when she placed fifth. Enright also became the first woman to win three WSOP bracelets and the first to enter the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007.
To date she has won over $1.5 million in live tournaments.
Last year two women, Gaelle Baumann and Elisabeth Hille came very close to reaching the final table and this year it looked as if Loni Harwood would also manage it. However, despite not making the final table Harwood did win her first bracelet this year in the $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event.
In order to further the place of women in poker more sponsorship is needed. Furthermore, poker sites should start looking for more female ambassadors; it is a huge mistake to overlook them. With a bit of work there could easily be a female WSOP Main Event winner in no time at all.