Despite being known to be a man’s game, women and poker have become inseparable of late. Large scale poker games are no longer known to be a man’s world. There are a number of beautiful women around the world who are equally fascinated by the game of poker and can actually play as well as (if not better than) men. Women are known to spend time gambling their money online, take part in major poker tournaments and enjoy women only poker events. Yes, the excitement that poker has to offer plays a major role in drawing women towards the game, but the success achieved by some of the legends of the game such as Annie Duke and Jennifer Harman cannot be ignored either. These ladies have been an inspiration for millions of women all over the world and are directly responsible for attracting countless women to the game of poker. To honor all such women, this list salutes the Top 5 Female Poker Players in the World.
Considered to be one of the leading professional poker players in the world, Kathy Liebert has won a number of honors and tournaments over the years. She is also known to be extremely popular in the poker community. Her rise to fame came with the 2004 World Series of Poker when she managed to win a paycheck $110180. Kathy also joined the elite list of World Series bracelet winners, thereby taking her stock in the poker world all the way up to first place.
Vanessa Selbst is famous for having won more money in live tournaments than any other woman on earth. She is currently being sponsored by PokerStars and has managed to amass a fortune of almost $9.6m over a span of 8 years by playing poker. She even managed to win 7 figure prizes on two separate occasions. Whoever said that it was impossible to win while gambling? Selbt has already earned approximately $1.4 million in the year 2014 and is famous for being a major inspiration for men and women gamblers alike.
Annette Obrestad started off her poker career at the tender age of 15. Despite entering at such a young age, Annette managed to flourish in a game that was essentially known to be dominated by men at the time. Soon, she built an image of being one of the most aggressive younger players who had excellent results to back up her claims. Annette currently holds the honor of being the youngest ever World Series of Poker bracelet winner, a coveted prize that she won at the age of 18.
Liv Boeree shot to international fame in the year 2010 when she managed to win the European Poker Tournament Main Event in San Remo. The victory made Liv a household name and brought her a mammoth sponsorship deal with PokerStars. Liv might have faced problems adjusting to her new found image and living up to the expectations ever since, but she still holds the headlines as one of the most commonly photographed female poker players in the Euripeak circuit.
Vannessa Rousso, known to be more popular as “Lady Maverick” (her online screen name in PokerStars), is a law student at the University of Miami as well as a recognized poker player and teacher. She runs a unique poker school that goes by the name of Big Slick Boot Camp. The school teaches poker strategy to interested students and it is known to combine Sun Tzu’s book “The Art of War” to poker strategies.