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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Voting – One Writer’s Opinion

 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Voting – One Writer’s Opinion

After a month of nominations from the poker community and a couple of weeks of review by the Nomination Committee, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame has put together an outstanding list of nominees for induction this year. The 11 nominees run the gamut of the poker world, from working behind the scenes as important cogs in the machine to being some of the most visible performers on the grandest stages. Unfortunately (at least at this point), they cannot all go in, with the responsibilities of selecting the inductees on a select panel of past inductees and media members – including this writer’s opinion.

Having a vote on anything as important as a Hall of Fame is a badge of honor. In essence, you are structuring how the history of (in this case) women in poker will be remembered. It is something that should not be taken lightly and, as such, I’ve been studying the nominees extensively to determine how my votes would be distributed.

As pointed out by my friend and colleague Dan Katz last week (who deserves a vote here also – we’ll work on that for 2020, Dan!), each of the panelists on the WiPHoF panel have ten votes they can hand out. They can give them all to one person or break them up however they would like (no, Dan, I won’t give each nominee a vote – that WOULD be wishy-washy!). With these criteria in mind, I set back to learn about the nominees (in alphabetical order):

Hermance Blum
Mandy Glogow
Haley Hintze
Angelica Hael
Maria Ho
Karina Jett
Terry King
Shirley Rosario
Kara Scott
Lupe Soto
Jennifer Tilley

As you can see from the list, this is not an easy decision. Any of these ladies would be a fine addition to sit beside such legends of the game as Barbara Enright, Jennifer Harman, Linda Johnson or Cyndy Violette (and that’s just a short list). But the voter must do the unfortunate task – choose the inductees – and I’ve decided to look at my votes in the following manner.

Hermance Blum, Mandy Glogow and Angelica Hael – These ladies have been instrumental in bringing poker “to the people” with their work behind the scenes on the World Poker Tour and with PokerStars. But all three of these women are young and, in this writer’s opinion, they haven’t yet achieved their “pinnacle of greatness.” I see these three women at some time making their way into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame, just not in this year’s election.

Maria Ho and Kara Scott – Once again, we have two great professional poker players who are still in the midst of their highly successful careers. To say that either Ho or Scott have achieved all they will ever achieve in the world of poker (and let’s be clear here – this isn’t a slight to these women, just as it isn’t a slight to those ladies who are further down this list that have a bit more “experience” on their resumes) is doubting their skills and experience in the game. Once again, I see these two women definitely making the Hall, just not this year.

Lupe Soto and Jennifer Tilly – I will make this statement here and now – I believe that these two women will be inducted this year. Soto has been one of the biggest advocates for women in the game of poker that you will ever find. Tilly brought attention to the women’s game with her World Series of Poker Ladies’ Tournament championship back in 2005. But I am not voting for them; as what I view as the “frontrunners” for induction, they’re not going to need my vote. Not that I would be ashamed for voting for either of these ladies, I believe there are other potential inductees on this list that need my vote a bit more.

With this process of elimination, we have the four women who will receive my votes for induction. Longevity is an important part of my selection process, as is having made a significant mark on the game. In my humble opinion, these women have.

Haley Hintze – Hintze has been around the game of poker as a journalist as long as this writer has, and we’ve often trod the same ground in working for the same outlets. While she has made an outstanding career writing about the players and the “entertaining aspects” of the game, Hintze was instrumental in bringing information to the players regarding the Absolute Poker/UB “Superuser” scandals of the mid-2000s. Without Hintze’s work, there is plenty that probably would have never come to light regarding that sordid time in the industry; she deserves recognition for that effort, even if she’s not as active today as she used to be (2 votes).

Karina Jett – Jett has been a part of the professional poker scene for almost two decades, demonstrating her skills in the game on a variety of stages. She has earned almost $ 500,000 in tournament cashes over the past 20 years, including four trips to the WSOP Ladies’ Championship final table with a runner up finish in 2011. Jett has also shown the philanthropic side of the poker industry, serving as the hostess and organizer for the popular Ante Up for Autism charity event (3 votes).

Terry King – Not known perhaps to the “general” poker community, King has a long history in the game. A 1978 WSOP bracelet winner, King played in cash games throughout the 1970s, battling against the biggest players in the game, most if not all of them male. While her playing exploits might have been enough to get her in the Hall, King has also served as a dealer (first woman to deal the Championship Event of the WSOP), a floorperson and a tournament organizer and helped open the Hollywood Park Casino in its heyday. She is a wealth of knowledge as to the history of poker, something that is the base reason for honoring someone in the Hall – to preserve the history (2 points).

Shirley Rosario – The number of hats that Rosario has worn in the poker world would fill any closet. A former proposition player at the Bicycle Casino, Rosario parlayed that into a successful cash game career and built an excellent tournament poker resume. In her career, Rosario has earned $ 506,484, mostly built around the difficult mixed game and non-Texas Hold’em disciplines of poker.

It is arguable, however, that Rosario’s work outside the poker room is more notable. In the past two decades plus, Rosario created the website that was THE place to go for information on players from 2004 to 2011. A breast cancer survivor, Rosario also was a part of the PokerStars family, helping the company to write their search engine optimization guidelines as the site became the biggest online poker site in the world. Add in the fact she was one of the original hosts of Live at the Bike and she’s basically covered every base you can hit in the poker world (3 votes).

So, there you have it, this writer’s selections for the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction class – Haley Hintze, Karina Jett, Terry King and Shirley Rosario. While I would like to see all four ladies get in this year, as I stated previously I believe that Soto and Tilly are all but a lock (thus, I am looking forward to the vote again in 2020, when Betty Carey finally gets a nod!). But we will see who the 2018 inductees will be when the voting closes on April 15 and the official inductees are announced.

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Quartet of Women Professional Poker Players Earn Sponsorship Deals

 Quartet of Women Professional Poker Players Earn Sponsorship Deals

In the current world of poker sponsorships, the well seems to be quite dry. Compared to the burgeoning period from 2004-2010 when sponsorships were handed out like Snickers bars during Halloween, the last five years has actually seen a significant decline in the number of sponsorship deals handed to top pros. It may not be a significant change to the system but, according to poker journalist Jennifer Newell at PokerUpdate, recent moves indicate that poker rooms are loosening up the purse strings, at least for one segment of the poker world, the ladies.

888Poker has traditionally been ahead of the loop when sponsoring female poker players. For many years Sofia Lofgren has been a part of the stable alongside Kara Scott and U. S.-specific player Jessica Dawley. In the past, Canada’s Xuan Liu was a member of Team 888Poker. Now Lofgren has another female partner with the team in Natalie Hof, who was formerly aligned as a “Friend” of PokerStars.

Hof has gradually worked her way up the ranks of the German poker world, making significant impact on the European Poker Tour in smaller side events. In 2014, Hof was the champion of the Eureka Poker Tour (a sub-tour of the EPT) Women’s Event in Vienna for a decent score and she has earned two EPT Main Event cashes in her career. Using the online moniker ‘888NatalieH,’ Hof seems to be looking forward to the challenge facing her.

“With such talented pros and a variety of games, it’s quite an honor to have the opportunity to play as an 888poker ambassador for a game I love so,” Hof said as her deal with 888Poker was announced. “I’m very motivated to improve my game and travel a lot playing with amazing teammates.” Along with her taking on opponents on 888, Hof will also be streaming some of her online actions on Twitch and will create content for poker fans on her new YouTube channel.

Hof isn’t the only lady in the game to earn her stripes and get a sponsorship.

An India-specific site, Adda52, has announced that they also added a female player to their sponsored roles. Nikita Luther will be the lady who will stake new ground for women in India, as poker is (and some would say this thought is still the prevalent rule of the game) considered a “men’s only” game. Luther won the Ladies Finale at the 2015 India Poker Championship and is ready to take up the mantle of breaking stereotypes, saying “I can’t wait to start my term with them. I passionately aspire to remove the taboo and ignorance associated with poker.”

Finally, partypoker has added two new members to its roster, both ladies joining a team that also includes Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton and WPT champion Tony Dunst.

One of the most successful women players in Australia, Jackie Glazer, has earned a sponsorship from the online room. Glazer, who has racked up over $ 1.3 million in career earnings, Glazer is looking to further expand the game in a country that already embraces it vehemently. “I am confident that together our passion will help us to expand the game of poker in my country,” Glazer noted. “I am looking forward to announcing some games and promotions over the next few weeks that will offer great value to the Australian poker community.”

The other new face on the partypoker roles is Hungary’s Beata Jambrik. A noted online player who has been successful on her Twitch streams, Jambrik looks to be a player who will encourage those online to take part in the “Lottery Sit and Go” feature that is offered.

In looking at the history of the game, the number of women has always been way behind men. Such players as Annette Obrestad, Jennifer Harman and Annie Duke have held sponsorships in the past, but those faded away with “Black Friday” and, in Obrestad’s case, the failure of poker rooms in the past five years. Thus, for four women to get sponsorship deals in a short period of time is revolutionary for the poker community and perhaps indicates that poker could be looking to market more to the “better half” of the human condition.

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Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Debbie Burkhead Earn 2016 Induction into Women in Poker Hall of Fame

 Victoria Coren Mitchell, Debbie Burkhead Earn 2016 Induction into Women in Poker Hall of Fame

After a little glitch in their tabulating system negated their public vote (more on that in a moment), the Women in Poker Hall of Fame induction committee has named the two women who will join the hallowed halls of the organization during an induction ceremony this fall.

For the first time earlier this month, the WiPHoF opened up voting for the general public to determine one vote as to who they believed should be inducted from these nominees:

Debbie Burkhead Victoria Coren-Mitchell Mandy Glogow Karina Jett Shirley Rosario Esther Rossi Jennifer Tilly

The voting from the public was quite vociferous, according to WiPHoF director Lupe Soto, but there was a glitch in the system that caused some issues. “When the system was set up, it was only supposed to accept one vote per IP address,” Soto stated to Poker News Daily earlier this week. “Unfortunately, we discovered that if someone cleared the cookies from their browser, they were able to do multiple votes and we saw such actions in the public voting process where people were abusing the system. Thus, we could not in good faith use the public voting as a part of the process this year.” Soto noted that, for the next WiPHoF vote, there will be better software in place for the voting.

The remaining members of the WiPHoF and the induction committee’s votes did count towards the election of new members and they had a difficult task. Every person that was nominated for induction brought their own talents to the fore and each were worthy of induction. It is arguable, however, that the two who earned their slots were slightly ahead of their competition.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell has been playing the game of poker since she was a young girl growing up in the United Kingdom. Entranced by the game played by her older brother, Coren-Mitchell would eventually join her brother’s group before branching out into the card clubs of England. Through such noted establishments as her home casino, the Grosvenor Victoria Casino in London (“The Vic”), and across Europe, Coren-Mitchell would battle the best that the poker world could throw at her, be it in cash games or tournaments. She is the only player in the history of the European Poker Tour to win two Main Event titles (EPT London 2006 and EPT Sanremo 2014) and has earned over $ 2.4 million in her tournament poker career.

Outside of the felt, Coren-Mitchell has long been a proponent of the game, both live and online, and involving women in the game. She was a longtime member of Team PokerStars Pro (resigning her position in 2014 when Amaya Gaming, the new owners behind PokerStars, introduced casino gaming with the PokerStars platform, something Coren-Mitchell did not agree with) and has written extensively about poker. Her autobiography For Richer, For Poorer:  My Love Affair with Poker documented her life’s journey with the game and her articles in newspapers such as The Observer and The Guardian also allowed her to talk about the game and her other musings on life. Coren-Mitchell has also been a part of several poker broadcasts over the years, both as a presenter and as a player and becomes the first European poker professional to be inducted into any Poker Hall of Fame.

Debbie Burkhead has done almost everything in the world of poker, be it as a player, promoter of the game or as a member of the media. Since the 1990s, Burkhead has written about the game of poker, starting with, and hey byline could be found at such notable poker institutions as Poker Player Newspaper and Poker Digest. In 2010, Burkhead founded Poker Player Cruises in 2010, catering to travelers who liked to play poker while their ships were in transit, and served as president of the organization until 2013.

Burkhead also has done some damage on the tables over the years. In her tournament poker career, she has garnered over $ 200,000 in tournament earnings, mostly in regional events. She earned the Best All-Around Player title at the Peppermill in 2002 and has cashes in virtually every discipline of poker imaginable. She also earned the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS) National Championship in 2007 and is a member of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame Board of Directors.

Coren-Mitchell and Burkhead will be inducted during a special luncheon ceremony that will be held July 6 at 11AM at the Gold Coast Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets are available for the induction ceremony, which will be emceed by Women in Poker Hall of Fame member Jan Fisher and feature keynote speaker and Global Poker League’s L. A. Sunset’s manager Maria Ho, at the WiPHoF website. Congratulations to both Burkhead and Coren-Mitchell, two women well deserving of the honors bestowed upon them.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Offering Public Vote in Selecting Next Members

 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Offering Public Vote in Selecting Next Members

The Women in Poker Hall of Fame is set to induct a new class of members to their rolls this fall. In the past, they have traditionally kept their voting “in the house,” meaning that a select committee and the past inductees were the only ones who were voting on new members. For the 2016 class, however, the WiPHoF has decided to offer the poker public a voice in the matter.

First, here’s a list of the potential inductees and a quick word as to their qualifications:

Debbie Burkhead – Longtime player, reporter, photographer and instructor, involvement with poker since the mid-90s.

Karina Jett – Outstanding tournament and cash game history, advocate for women in the game since the late 1990s.

Victoria Coren-Mitchell – The only two-time champion in the history of the European Poker Tour, longtime veteran of the toughest cash games in Europe.

Mandy Glogow – Television producer behind the World Poker Tour for Fox Sports 1.

Shirley Rosario – Cash game expert with vast knowledge of Omaha Hold’em and Seven Card Stud, still terrorizing the Southern California card rooms.

Esther Rossi – Considered one of the best Stud players in history – regardless of gender – Rossi has battled it out on the felt for more than 30 years across the United States.

Jennifer Tilly2005 World Series of Poker Ladies’ Champion, multiple cashes on the WSOP and World Poker Tour circuits. Longtime advocate of women in poker.

For this year’s nominees, the WiPHoF has asked that the poker public visit their website and choose just ONE of these ladies for consideration for the Hall. The public vote will count as one vote alongside the previously inducted members of the Hall and the overseeing voting council. The public will have until noon on May 13 to be able to enter their choice and the newest inductees into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame will be named later this month.

First off, the choices put up by the WiPHoF are excellent. Any of the ladies mentioned above would be worthy of induction alongside the likes of Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson (the only members of both the Women in Poker Hall of Fame and the Poker Hall of Fame), Cyndy Violette, Jennifer Harman, Kathy Liebert, J. J. Liu, Kathy Raymond, Allyn Shulman and Deborah Giardina. In theory, however, only two of the ladies mentioned above will get inducted and these two seem to be the best choices.

The WiPHoF could break a longstanding issue that the Poker Hall of Fame has in recognizing players that come from outside of North America (Liu was born in Taiwan but is a naturalized U. S. citizen). Great Britain’s Coren-Mitchell has been an advocate for women in poker since she stepped to the felt in her early years. Vicky has been an ambassador for the game, writing about her exploits on the felt in a variety of newspapers and in her autobiography For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker. Finally, as the ONLY player to ever have won two EPT Main Event titles in that tour’s 12-year history (in comparison, the World Poker Tour has had four men who have won three titles and no woman has ever won an open event), Coren-Mitchell would be hugely overlooked if she isn’t chosen.

If there were to be a second choice from the public, it should be Rossi. Linking the game’s past to the Hall is something that can never be seen as an incorrect decision. Rossi’s skills in the game – when it wasn’t “appropriate” for the ladies to be a part of the game – had to have been very strong to withstand the onslaught at the tables in those days. To repeat, this isn’t a slight against the other women in the mix. These are arguably the best two choices available, however.

Currently the vote is heavily going towards Rosario, who is dominating with nearly 60% of the vote. Jett, Burkhead and Tilly are all battling it out with about 10-12% of the vote, while Coren-Mitchell lags back (7%) and Glogow and Rossi aren’t earning very much support. The polls will remain open until Friday and, by the end of the month, the newest inductees to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame will be known.

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Women in Poker Hall of Fame Seeking Nominees for 2016 Class

 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Seeking Nominees for 2016 Class

After taking a couple of years away from nominations, the Women in Poker Hall of Fame is back in 2016 to induct a new class of nominees. As the Poker Hall of Fame does, the WiPHoF looks to the general public to nominate players for the prestigious honor of joining the rolls of some of the greatest ladies to have ever graced the felt.

In a change from past years, people who visit the Women in Poker Hall of Fame website to nominate potential candidates will have the opportunity to name two people. Previous to this year, it was limited to one candidate per e-mail address. With the extra candidate listing, it is possible that the Women’s Hall can put together a solid list of candidates that might be utilized in the future for candidacy.

Again like their counterpart in the Poker Hall of Fame, there are a few criteria that a candidate must meet. The candidate must have been a player or an “industry leader” for a minimum of ten (10) years prior to their potential induction into the Hall and a minimum of 35 years old. Second, the candidate must have contributed to the poker community in some meaningful way, either by winning a major tournament or through another avenue. The candidate also must have supported women in the game of poker through their comments and actions.

The final two (and a third one that isn’t mentioned) are a bit questionable. The nominees must be approved by a “committee of the Board of Directors and the previous Inductees of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame” (not quite sure why the Board of Directors or the previous inductees would disqualify a nominee if they meet the qualifications). Second, the nominee must “agree to the terms and conditions of the Women in Poker Hall of Fame” (once again, if they meet the qualification guidelines, I don’t think they’ll rock the boat too much once inducted; this rule seems a bit petty). Finally – and this is an interesting one – there is no rule on the books that indicate that a WOMAN has to be nominated to be in the Women in Poker Hall of Fame.

The person nominating the candidates will have to offer a brief paragraph as to the reasons that a person should be nominated. Mentioning the potential nominee’s achievements in the game or what they have added to the world of poker is what is required here, but this should be fairly easy for some of the more qualified women out there who haven’t made the Women in Poker Hall of Fame as of yet.

At the top of that list has to be two-time European Poker Tour champion Victoria Coren-Mitchell. The only player in the twelve-year history of the EPT to ever win two Main Event crowns, Coren-Mitchell has also been one of the preeminent ambassadors of the game as a television presenter throughout Europe and has written about the game extensively in both newspapers and in literature (her book For Richer, For Poorer is one of the best autobiographies in the poker world). The WiPHoF would be greatly amiss if it didn’t put “Queen” Victoria in a prominent place in its annals.

A second choice would harken back to the early days of poker itself. Betty Carey was one of the first women to journey to the felt against the “big boys” during the 1970s and 1980s, often playing in the World Series of Poker and in the largest cash games around. It would be a nod to the history of the game of poker if the WiPHoF were to induct someone from the past into its rolls, something that seems to get overlooked in our rapidly changing world overall and especially in the poker world.

The new nominees to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame will join a list of luminaries that truly embody the excellence of women in the game of poker. The inaugural class of Poker Hall of Famers Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson and Marsha Waggoner and Susie Isaacs (2008) have since been joined by such players as Cyndi Violette (2009), 2015 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Jennifer Harman and Kathy Liebert (2010), Kristy Gazes (2011), J. J. Liu (2012) and Allyn Jaffrey Shulman (2013) and industry insiders as Phyllis Caro (2011), Kathy Raymond (2012) and Deborah Giardina (2013). The new inductees will be enshrined on July 5th in ceremonies that will be held at a location that has yet to be announced.

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