Women have stepped out of the shadows of the men in recent years when it comes to the game of poker. A sport that was once dominated by male players, has given way to some of the best minds in poker, many of which are women. Despite the increase in success, the women are still falling short on the biggest stage.
The World Series of Poker is considered the premiere event in poker. With over fifty tournaments every year, thousands of players flock to Las Vegas each summer to try and get their hands on gold bracelets. Women make up a portion of those players, with an average of twenty-five women entering each WSOP event.
The streak of tourneys since a woman last won a gold bracelet in a mixed event has now reached 200. It is not like the women are not faring well, with many placing in the money. They just have been unable to be the final player standing when a tournament comes to a conclusion.
While high profile women players such as Annie Duke and Vanessa Rousso aim to become the first woman winner in three years, the professional men are putting on a show at the 2011 WSOP. The latest battle is currently taking place in event forty-seven, a Omaha/Seven Card Stud Hi-Low-8 or Better tournament.
Michael Mizrachi, the most successful player from last year’s WSOP, is sitting in fourth place with fifty-five players left. Mizrachi is joined in the top twenty by Scotty Nguyen and chip leader Barry Greenstein. Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss is also still alive, in twenty-seventh place.
Event forty-four, a Seven Card Razz tourney, had Rep Porter take home the gold bracelet. Porter won $210,615 on his $2,500 investment. Stephen Su finished the tournament in second, winning $130,075. Tommy Chen was third, claiming $83,895. The total prize pool for this event was $825,825.