The growth rate of women entering poker has increased dramatically over the past year, due to the heightened interest in poker through television coverage, and the growth of tournament poker. This time women anticipate an inaugural WPC Showdown Tournament scheduled to take place at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas on September 9-11.
According to Newsroom.eworldwire.com, the competition is organized by the Women’s Poker Club, which boasts more than 700 members and is aimed at providing “a friendly and less threatening environment” to improve skills of female players.
“Many men seem to feel that women are easy targets at the poker table. Our WPC tournaments have proven tougher competition than most mixed events I have ever participated in. Women are outstanding contenders in this sport,” said Maryann Morrison, President of the Womens Poker Club.
Women will have an opportunity to win a free trip to the tournament through satellite and super satellite events, provided by Royal Vegas Poker, which is the exclusive sponsor of this event. RoyalVegasPoker.com enables female poker players to participate online. The main event, a No-Limit Texas Hold’em Tournament with a buy-in of $100+$25, will be held on Saturday, September 11. The prize pool is to make up about $10,000. Two secondary tournaments, a seven-card Stud Hi Limit and Omaha Hi Lo Pot Limit with a buy-in of $60+$15, will run on September 10.
“It will be an exhilarating three days, with optional poker classes and social events built into the tournament agenda. For some of the women, the WPC Vegas Showdown will be their first major brick and mortar tournament. The members know each other from playing online and sharing strategy in our forum. The WPC Vegas Showdown will give them a chance to meet and compete face to face. This is the next step in encouraging more women to be immersed in poker and levelling the playing field,” said Morrison.
Cat Hulbert, a well known poker player and women’s poker instructor, will provide optional poker classes for nine players before the main event. Among the attendances are to be Lou Krieger, the author of “Hold’em Excellence” and “Poker for Dummies”, and Barbara Enright, who has three WSOP gold bracelets to her credit and is the first woman poker player to make final table at the World Series of Poker main event.