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Women’s Poker Association Founded to Further Female Involvement in the Game

 Women’s Poker Association Founded to Further Female Involvement in the Game

While poker has long been a tremendously popular game that spans all ages of men, the representation from women has always been rather small. Year after year, female participation at the World Series of Poker – the preeminent poker event in the world – hovers around the 3% mark. With that in mind, a new organization called the Women’s Poker Association has been founded to increase female involvement in the game.

Organized to “promote and develop the advancement of women in poker,” the WPA announced earlier this week that they were open for business in Reno, NV. The announcement of the new organization’s launch party was held during the Nevada State Ladies’ Championship at the Peppermill Resort Spa and Casino, with its Board of Directors named and its founder revealed. Several of the names involved with the new Women’s Poker Association have long been at the forefront of the women’s poker movement in the 2000s and before.

WPA Founder Lupe Soto, also nominated earlier this month for induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, will have an excellent Board of Directors to assist her in the organization’s goals. The following women will take their seats on the Board, with the appropriate office indicated where applicable:

President Bonnie Carl
Vice President Ruth Hall
Treasurer Lori Greer Smith
Secretary Jana Von Dach
Board Member Peggy Carlson
Board Member Terry Constantino

The organization has a simple credo, a group created by women who are interested in elevating the poker experience for female players worldwide. The WPA will host educational opportunities and conferences with a focus on skill development for players at all levels in poker, as well as providing networking and social opportunities for women in the game. Perhaps most importantly, the WPA is a non-profit organization, with its leadership is an all-volunteer affair.

Although the group looks to have an excellent start, the roadways of the poker world are littered with the debris of several acronym-based organizations that had the best of intentions but could not motivate the players.

Most recently the downfall of the Poker Players Alliance has been well documented. Without the financial boost from the online poker industry – which was basically the ONLY financial support the organization received because they did not push for membership fees – the Poker Players Alliance currently is lying in dormancy, unable to raise even $ 25,000 from said membership to continue to operate on a shoestring basis. Without that money, their longtime Executive Director John Pappas was forced to resign and former Vice President for Player Relations Rich Muny oversees an organization that may exist in name only.

If you think the Poker Players Alliance is the only group to have suffered from the inattention of poker players, then you might have forgotten about the World Poker Association, the United States Poker Association, the International Federation of Poker (technically still in existence), the International Poker Federation (FIDPA, also supposedly still active) and a few others that have popped up in the past ten to fifteen years. All have purported to have wanted to be the “organizing body” for the world of poker and, for the most part, all have been unable to reach that pinnacle.

What could be the saving grace of the Women’s Poker Association is that they are starting with a group that is highly underrepresented in the poker community. Although some poker sites have tried to cater to women, for the most part it is still a “man’s game” in its advertising stance and presentation, among other things. The purpose of the “Royal Flush Girls” for the World Poker Tour hasn’t exactly moved the drive for women in the game forward, nor has some of the treatment of female players that still exists at the tables or the way the top female players in the game are spoken about by male players.

The Women’s Poker Association is in its infancy, so there will be plenty of time for it to prove itself. If you would like to volunteer to assist the organization or possibly join as a member of the group, you can visit the WPA website here.

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Troy Quenneville Goes One Further, Wins partypoker $2 Million Guaranteed Event in Punta Cana

 Troy Quenneville Goes One Further, Wins partypoker $2 Million Guaranteed Event in Punta Cana

Rare is it when the World Poker Tour holds a tournament and there is another event on that calendar that actually bests it not only as far as entries but also tops it with the prize pool. That happened at the end of the week as partypoker, the sponsor for the WPT Caribbean event held in Punta Cana last week (and won by Niall Farrell over Troy Quenneville) concluded that schedule with their partypoker Millions $ 2 Million Guaranteed event.

Over two Day Ones that were conducted while the WPT event was in its Day Two and Three action, the partypoker Millions drew in 526 entries, more than what came out for play in the WPT Caribbean itself. Although such players as Farrell, Tony Dunst and Martin Jacobsen came out for the tournament, only Jacobsen was around by the last day of the event. Leading the way was Quenneville, who had used his second-place finish money from the WPT Caribbean to jump into this event as a late entry.

Quenneville had more than a 2:1 lead over the second-place competitor, Andrei-Lucian Boghean, as the other 19 players behind them jostled for position. Among those players were Erik Cajelais, Ari Engel, Matt Salsberg and Jacobsen, with both Jacobsen and Salsberg on short stacks to start the action.

Engel got healthier from the start in knocking out Sviataslau Desimon in 20th place and growing his stack over the one million chip mark. Cajelais also made some moves towards the top of the leaderboard, knocking off Dominic Smith in 12th place as Cajelais popped into third place behind Quenneville and David Yan. Once Moritz Dietrich was eliminated in ninth place by Quenneville, it was looking increasingly likely it was Quenneville’s tournament to take.

How big was Quenneville’s lead, you ask? Look for yourselves:

1. Troy Quenneville, 8.1 million
2. David Yan, 3.5 million
3. Erik Cajelais, 2.8 million
4. Ari Engel, 2.6 million
5. Andrei-Lucian Boghean, 2.3 million
6. Fabion Jergen, 2.2 million
(tie) Edward Van Klooster, 2.2 million
8. Martin Kozlov, 300,000

After the players came back from dinner, they made quick work of the final table. Kozlov went on the very first hand back, thinking his pocket Aces would stand against Quenneville’s suited J-10 only to see the board run 10-8-5-J-4 to give Quenneville Jacks up and the hand. That wasn’t enough for Quenneville as he continued his rampage over the final table, eliminating Yan when Quenneville’s Big Slick rivered a King against Yan’s pocket sevens.

Eager to get into the fight, Cajelais came to life. After seeing Engel raise the betting to 160K, Cajelais three bet to 450K but had to stop after Engel moved all in on him. The moments to ponder saw Cajelais eventually fall on the side of a call, but it was initially the wrong move. Engel was sitting on A-K, which completely dominated Cajelais’ A-10, and the 5-7-A-5 flop and turn kept Engel in the lead. The 10♠ on the river, however, flipped the script completely, giving the hand to Cajelais and eliminating Engel in sixth place.

While Cajelais stepped up, the night still belonged to Quenneville. He eliminated Jergen in fifth and, after Van Klooster took out Boghean in fourth, Quenneville had a sizeable lead over both Van Klooster and Cajelais. Once Quenneville had taken down Van Klooster in third place, he entered heads up play against Cajelais with a monstrous 8:1 lead. It would take a few hands (two of which Cajelais would double his meager holdings) but, on the final hand, Quenneville’s A-10 stood over Cajelais’ A-8 on a 9-10-9-K-2 board to give Quenneville the championship.

1. Troy Quenneville, $ 400,000
2. Erik Cajelais, $ 250,000
3. Edward Van Klooster, $ 150,000
4. Andre-Lucian Boghean, $ 90,000
5. Fabian Jergen, $ 70,275
6. Ari Engel, $ 58,000
7. David Yan, $ 46,000
8. Martin Kozlov, $ 36,000

Along with his winnings from the WPT Caribbean tournament, Quenneville in the span of two days earned $ 620,000, a nice run for sunning yourself in Punta Cana! Congratulations to Troy and all those who came back from their trip with something in their pockets.

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