List Of All Female Poker Players Who Won WSOP Bracelets
The World Series of Poker (WSOP) has a special place in the hearts of poker players as it is the most prestigious poker series in the world. One huge draw for players is the WSOP bracelet. The shiny gold band is lauded as one of the most sought-after rewards as it is a significant mark of a poker player’s skill and talent in the game. While many of the top bracelet winners have been men, over the years, female poker players have begun to take over the space.
For years, WSOP has been a melting pot of poker players coming from all around the world. Many of the bracelet winners have come from countries like France, Bulgaria, Russia, China, India, among others. Given that the series was mostly male dominated with a vast majority of WSOP bracelet winners being men, women were also given a platform to shine.
In 1977, the first women-only event was introduced in the form of the $100 buy-in Stud Poker tournament. The event was won by Jackie McDaniels who became the first ladies champion. She won one of the smallest first place prizes ($5,580) in the history of WSOP.
Following her, many more women have gone on to clinch WSOP bracelets ever since. Some like Vanessa Selbst, Barbara Freer, Nani Dollison, and Kristen Bicknell have managed to clinch not one but three WSOP bracelets in their careers. In the list is Nikita Luther, who is the only Indian woman player to win a WSOP bracelet and was the second to ship the event. Here’s a little more information about some of the notable players in the list.
Back in 2018, Nikita Luther made history when she became the second Indian poker player to clinch a WSOP bracelet. She is also the first woman poker player from India to do so. The WSOP tournament she won was the $1,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em in which she partnered up with another well-known player Nipun Java. They won $175,805 in prize money which was split between the two. They emerged victorious from a field of 1,032 entries.
Luther is also representing Spartan Poker, one of India’s top online poker sites, as a Spartan Poker Pro. Besides her WSOP win, she has shipped multiple live titles on her home turf like the India Poker Championship (IPC) No-Limit Hold’em – Ladies Event in 2015 for $672 and the Deltin Poker Tournament (DPT) 15K Deep Dive for $9,531. She currently has total live earnings worth $360,271, according to Hendon Mob.
While Vanessa Selbst is no longer a professional poker player, during her career run she was one of the top female pros. She is also one of the few women who have had multiple WSOP bracelets to their name. Her first WSOP bracelet was in 2008 when she shipped the $1,500 Pot-Limit Omaha for $227,933. In 2012, she won her second bracelet in the $2,500 10-Game – Six Handed event for $244,259 and her third and final bracelet was in 2014 where she clinched the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em – Mixed Max for a top cash prize of $871,148.
Selbst had a very lucrative poker career and according to Hendon Mob, has accumulated total live earnings worth $11,906,246. She is also the only woman to ever reach the number one ranking in the world on the Global Poker Index. Her best live cash came when she shipped the Partouche Poker Tour (PPT) Main Event in September for $1,823,430.
Even though Annette Obrestad shipped only one WSOP bracelet in her career, she won a whopping £1,000,000 (~ $2.1 Million at the time of the event) in prize money for it. She achieved this feat at the WSOP 2007 Europe where she clinched the inaugural WSOP Europe Main Event. With this win she also had the highest single-event cash by female poker player, the previous record being held by Annie Duke. Obrestad’s win came just a day before her 19th birthday, making her 18-years-old when she shipped the event. She also ranks 2nd in the Norwegian All-Time Money List, according to Hendon Mob.
Among the list of women WSOP bracelet winners, poker pro Barbara Enright has one of the most successful poker careers. She was the first woman player to add three WSOP bracelets to her name. Her first WSOP title came when she won the Women’s Seven-Card Stud for $16,400 in 1986. The second was in 1994 when she once again shipped the Women’s Seven-Card Stud for $38,400 and the third in 1996 when she clinched the Pot Limit Hold’em for $180,000.
She is also famously known for being the only female poker player (as of 2021) to have made it to the final table of the $10,000 WSOP Main Event. She’s the editor-in-chief of the Woman Poker Player magazine and an ambassador of Poker League of Nations, the world’s largest women’s poker organisation.
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