Men have dominated the sport of poker. Until now.
In recent years, the popularity of female players has grown more than ever before, and we’re starting to see the best female poker player at the table, with some of the highest rollers earning more than men. With so many avenues to play poker, such as tournaments and online, it’s easy to see how the sport has become a game for all genders.
We’re going to introduce you to five of the best female poker players and let you into their stories of reaching the top of the sport, where they have been busy earning millions of dollars.
Born in September 1988, Anette Obrestad is, without a doubt, the most famous poker player to come out of Norway. Her handle is known by millions of users across the internet, but her popularity boomed in 2007 at the World Series of Poker in Europe. At this competition, Obrestad became the youngest-ever player to win the gold bracelet.
Although she can boast a jam-packed major poker tournament trophy cabinet, Obrestad is widely known for her considerable achievements playing online games. Her trademark move is to place bets without looking at her cards, excluding all-in bets. If you’re lucky, you can occasionally find her competing in major tournaments.
Olivia “Liv” Boeree
Olivia “Liv” Boree is a British professional poker player and television presenter. Throughout her career, she has been the only woman to win the WSOP bracelet and the EPT. She is recognized as the fifth greatest female poker player of all time and has previously ranked 3rd in the Global Poker Index. Boeree has won over $3.5 million through tournaments, and continues to make thousands of dollars surfing the tables online.
Although poker is one of her virtues, it’s not the only one. As well as hosting TV shows, Boeree has appeared on the BBC, and has a degree in astrophysics. Moreover, poker stars are encouraged to donate to her charity, Raising for Effective Giving.
The name Vanessa will come to mind if you’re following poker news and tournaments. The sunglasses, headphones, and caps she always wears are all part of her personal style. Rousso was a member of the PokerStars professional team for eight years, appeared in Big Brother in 2015, and finished second in the WCOOP.
She is one of the world’s most profitable female poker players, with tournament winnings exceeding $3.5 million. In addition to being a writer for the American Poker Player, Vanessa Rousso is also the GoDaddy ambassador.
Vanessa Selbst stands as the only female poker player to have reached the very top of the Global Poker index. When joining a new online poker room, be on the lookout for her nickname, or the players that have been lucky enough to play against her.
There is no limit to Selbst’s winnings since has been actively playing and earning. Her accumulated tournament winnings amount to $12 million. It was at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that she earned her highest single earnings of $1.4 million. In contrast, many players associate Vanessa Selbst with the bluff that cost her money at the World Series Main Event.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
The British poker professional Victoria Coren Mitchell has a net worth of $10 million. It’s common to see her at live poker tables, both online and offline.
The fact that Coren Mitchell won the European Poker Tour is one of the things that makes her popular. During the EPT San Remo, she won $500,000 in one sitting. As an added bonus, Coren Mitchell has been inducted into the Female Poker Hall of Fame. She also hosts tournaments, contributes a television column to the UK’s Saturday Telegraph newspaper, and fronts the popular BBC quiz show, “Only Connect.”