Poker has had a long tradition as a game for men – for a long time it wasn’t proper for women to take part, and unfortunately the stigma has persisted until very recently.
Many potential female players had been reluctant to take part in what was perceived as an aggressive male game – and many who did faced derision from their male counterparts. Fortunately, the Poker landscape is changing – perhaps this has to do with a new generation of more open-minded players, and perhaps also with the rise of anonymous internet Poker, which allows more player to polish their skills.
In 1966 Barbara Enright was the first woman to win a World Series of Poker event, and she now boasts many more wins.
There are now many female Poker players both at live and online tournaments. These players win Poker championships and boast several of the coveted World Series Poker bracelets.
These ladies are notable among illustrious professional female Poker players. Obrestad is the youngest person ever to win the WSOP bracelet. Today, female players author Poker books and command truly impressive fees for coaching Poker ingénues, both male and female, as they carve a place in the male-dominated game.