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Long gone are the days where seats at the poker table were just reserved for men. There are now many talented women poker players making waves in the poker world in both mixed poker tournaments and women’s poker tournaments.
These women are not just cashing in by playing the game, they are also using their fame to pursue other entrepreneurial goals.
Read on to discover some of the smartest and entrepreneurial women of the poker world in our Women’s poker hall of fame!
Style of Play: tight and ultra aggressive tournament style, willing to make big laydowns
Number of tournaments won: 6 first place finishes
Total winnings: $3,491,347
Rousso is probably one of the smartest players out there. In college she was on the Deans List and graduated from Duke University after just two and a half years with a major in economics and a minor in political science.Vanessa Rousso also known by her online name ‘Lady Meverick‘ has been playing poker since she was five years old.
The beauty has previously been featured in Maxim magazine, written on game theory in American Poker Player magazine, and taught Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women how to play poker in Las Vegas.
Most recently, Vanessa was signed as the new GoDaddy girl, and writes her own column for the Hustler magazine.
Check out Vanessa in action below in the newest GoDaddy commercial!
Style of Play: extremely loose and hyper-aggressive tournament style
Number of tournaments won: WSOP – 3 Bracelets, 14 first place finishes
Total live winnings: $10,500,000.
Vanessa Selbst is the only women poker player to reach the #1 position on the World Series of Poker Rankings (WSOP) and the only female to win three WSOP bracelets in an open field event.
Selbst, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where she studied political science before transferring to Yale Law School to complete her law degree.
She is the highest earning female poker player of all time and dedicated much of her winnings to her online poker training website DeucesCracked and established a foundation called Venture Justice.
The foundation funds projects that fight for racial justice and economic equality, and against police misconduct and government abuse of authority.
Watch Vanessa Selbst for PokerStars.com below!
Style of Play: a very tight player, but can be aggressive
Number of tournaments won: WSOP – 1 Bracelet, 4 first place finishes
Total live winnings: $2,157,246
Duke was one of the first big women poker players and was first to be inducted into the women’s poker hall of fame.
‘The Duchess of poker’ as she is also known, has a double major degree in English and psychology and pursed a Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania but left school one month before defending her doctoral dissertation.
Beside poker, she has set up many other ventures including co-founding a non profit charity working in African nations. She has also been involved in advocating for the legality of online gambling and for players’ rights to control their own image.
In 2006, she published her autobiography, How I Raised, Folded, Bluffed, Flirted, Cursed, and Won Millions at the World Series of Poker and two other strategic poker books The Middle Zone and Decide to Play Great Poker.
Duke was a producer and consultant for All In, a pilot television show for NBC based on her life and she also created Annie Duke Takes on the World, a television show in which she played poker against amateur players.
Style of Play: tight-aggressive tournament game that gradually opens up as the tournament gets short-handed.
Number of tournaments won: 2 first place finishes
Total winnings: $2,538,518
Liv Boeree also known by her online name ‘Iron Maiden’ was introduced to poker after she was selected as one of five constants for a reality TV show UltimatePoker Showdown where she was coached by the great Phil Hellmuth.
Since then former TV presenter and Model has won over 3 million in live tournament winnings.
Boeree is a Physics and Astrophysics graduate from Manchester University where she graduated top of her class.
Most Recently, Boree has co-founded an organization that encourages poker players to donate 2% of their winnings to highly effective charities.
Style of Play: an aggressive player, but likes to evaluate her opponents first to figure out what strategy will work best
Number of tournaments won: 14 first place finishes
Total winnings: $2,693,040
J.J Liu is the highest placing female in the World Poker Tour Championship Event and has been inducted into the women’s poker hall of fame.
Liu, has a Master’s degree in computer engineering from Bradley University. Before she started playing poker professionally she worked as a software engineer in Silicon Valley.
Below, is the promo for her induction into the women’s poker hall of fame.