Okay, guys -- and I assume there are more men than women in this forum. Why? Because in poker there still are. I wish it weren't true, but it generally is. That is changing, but slowly.
Women are coming to the game faster than they used to. They see that women are making strides. When Annie Duke won the 2004 Tournament of Champions, she showed gals they could defeat the boys. When Kathy herself won the 2002 Party Poker Millions, she became the first woman to bust through the millionaire boys club. (Sure, she may have made a deal to get there, but...the guys do that do and don't you forget it.)
Barbara Enright was the first lady to make a final table at the World Series of Poker Main Event (1995). She is also the first woman inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame. She was inducted with Phil Hellmuth in 2007.
Jennifer Harman, Cindy Violette, Vanessa Selbst, Annie Duke and Katja Thater are among the few ladies to hold a World Series of Poker bracelet in an open event. Yes, that's a tournament in which both men and women enter. No woman has yet to win the BIG ONE in the US.
However, an 18 year old Norwegian phenom took down the Main Event in the inaugural World Series of Poker Europe last year. Her name is, of course, Annette Obrestad.
No woman has won a World Poker Tour Championship title. Kathy Liebert has made five final tables. Most recently, she finished third at the North American Poker Championships. Gavin Smith KO'd her and lost to the eventual winner, a 67 year old retiree and amateur poker player named Glen Witmer.
Van Nguyen, Men "The Master" Nguyen's missus, has a WPT title. She is the Celebrity Invitational winner. She took that title in March 2008 and is the first WPT open winner. However, we need a lady to crack the glass ceiling at the World Poker tour. JJ Liu came close against Ted Forrest at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars Tourney in 2007. She was heavily preggers and managed to finish as the runner-up.
Thithi "Mimi" Tran has also made a WPT final table. She and Kathy Liebert were both in the mix at the 2006 World Poker Finals at Foxwoods. However, they came up short again.
We need more women in the game. We have a handful of very talented ladies making some serious inroads, but there's just not enough players out there. I write about these women as often as I can so that others will be inspired and know that they are out there. So that others will get out there and go fight. These are the women who keep me ready, willing and able to learn the game.
They are the trailblazers and their successes make me smile. I can't wait to hear about what they'll do next and I hope to add more women to my list.
Did I miss anyone?