As soon as we say the word ‘Poker’ or ‘Poker player’:
The first image that comes to your mind is that of 4-5 men playing poker at a table.
The reality of poker is that the image is out-dated.
More and more women are now playing poker and that has led to some of them make a killing on the table.
Earlier, poker was a game that was exclusively played by men outside of the comfort of their homes but that has gradually changed.
Poker is a game which is not decided by physique but by skill or intelligence and that is something that both, men and women do possess.
This is not football or hockey where the strength or guile comes into play; it is all about outthinking and manoeuvring the opponent.
The girls who play poker keep on getting better as more of them take on the game and we look at some of the poker girls you should keep an eye out for.
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1. Vanessa Rousso
This French-American poker player is one of the top female athletes of the game.
Rousso might be 32 years of age but she has been playing poker for quite a few years, initially she played just online poker since she was a minor but has graduated to the live game.
She is one of the symbols of female poker and has even featured for the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition; she is easy to spot at the table as well.
She always wears big sunglasses, a large set of headphones and always sports a designer cap.
Her capability to win big has seen her cash out with almost $3.5 million and with her also having studied law at the University of Miami, she personifies beauty and brains.
2. Kathy Liebert
Well, she might not be a girl anymore but no list can be complete without Kathy.
Kathy is probably one of the greatest female poker players ever and probably on the list of best poker players out there.
Kathy has played a lot of poker over the years and has amassed around $6 million in prize money.
She doesn’t let her money stay stagnant, instead, she uses her business acumen to invest her winnings.
The Las Vegas resident has one World Series of Poker bracelet and has made 5 World Poker Table finals as well but hasn’t won them, yet.
You can be sure that will change sooner rather than later.
3. Liv Boeree
Olivia Boeree or Liv Boeree, as she is known, is a British poker player, tv presenter and model.
She is probably best known for winning the 2010 European poker tour and the funny part is she was introduced to the game of poker when she was on a reality tv show!
The show did have some of the best coaches to help her out and she learned from players like Phil Hellmuth and Annie Duke.
She does however play more on the European circuit and has won roughly $2.5 million.
The model isn’t always just playing poker; she has hosted various tv shows as well and has featured for quite a few model shoots for magazines as well.
Just another point, she has studied Astrophysics from the University of Manchester.
4. Victoria Coren
Another British poker player,
Coren certainly has some acumen about her poker ability. She is the first woman to win a European Poker Tour event and also the first to win a televised professional tournament, way back in 2006.
She isn’t just a poker player, oh no, like most of the girls/women in the list she has written for many popular newspapers and has presented a lot of television shows.
As of the year 2014, she has won close to $2.5 million from her poker tournaments, not a bad amount, not bad at all.
5. Xuan Liu
This Canadian poker player is on the rise and only started playing poker to help her pay off her college fees.
Xuan has won more than $1.2 million over her relatively short career in poker and has the brains as well; she is a financial analyst after all.
She still has to win a big tournament but she is making the money to make sure that she stays, this is one player everyone needs to keep an eye on and she is one for the future for sure.
The rise in female players in the world of poker is a good thing.
There have been many calls from various corners to include more female players in the game.
Poker was always seen as a sport played by men to while away the time. The rise of the women in the game has been a breath of fresh air and has shown that they can take on the men and be just as good.
As more and more players discover the world of poker, thanks to the internet and television, there will be a rise in poker players.
These ladies are just some of the top players we should keep an eye out for.
There are many other players which we have not featured in this list and hope to do so in the future, till then keep playing the beautiful game which is poker.