It’s common knowledge that women are underrepresented in poker. Using the World Series of Poker Main Event field as a measure, it may surprise some to know that the numbers are actually getting worse . Between 2013 and 2017, data shows female participation hovering around 5 percent. But since then, the percentage of women entering the Main has ticked down into the 4% range. Lena Evans (left) and her Poker League of Nations got pros like Kristen Bicknell Foxen (right) to pony up seats for a series of WSOP satellites and freerolls. (Image: PLON) Daniel Negreanu recently tweeted on the lack of progress, noting little has changed in the past quarter-century of poker . 26 consecutive years as a pro poker player hearing the same “getting women into poker is an untapped market” discussion. Tapping efforts have yet to increase participation past roughly 5% of fields. It was the same in 96’ as it is today. — Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) May 7, 2022 In an effort to reverse course, Poker League of Nations (PLON), the largest online women’s poker community, is hosting a freeroll Sunday on PokerStars to help more women play in the WSOP.
The event is open to women in all states except New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, and Delaware, and will be giving away seats and lammers donated by pros and philanthropists. To enter, women just need to join PLON’s private Facebook group .
“We are committed to increasing women’s representation in poker and that starts with providing the opportunity,” PLON founder (and two-time WSOPC ring-winner) Lena Evans said. “Collaborations are pivotal for bridging the gap and getting more women into the game.”
Poker icons donating funds so far include Maria Ho, Kristen Bicknell Foxen, Chris Moneymaker, and Phil Hellmuth. PLON is still accepting donations and tournament hosts will distribute the prize pool in the form of $1K seats, and if enough money is raised by game time could include a $10K Main Event seat. Women helping women
“Anything that lowers the barrier for women to participate in major poker events — with the financial barrier being one of […]
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