Back in the days, gambling was seen as a very macho thing to do, and you’d struggle to find a woman in such a male oriented environment. Fast forward to 2018, and the times have definitely changed, with more women than ever taking up some form of gambling professionally or simply just for pleasure. We have taken a look at some of the top women in gambling from both the past and present:
Vanessa Selbst is the most successful female poker player of all time, and is the only woman to have ever reached the number one ranking on the Global Poker Index. She is the first ever woman to participate in a Super High Roller event. With over $11.8 million in live poker earnings, Vanessa Selbst is the highest female earner in history and she also has three World Series of Poker bracelets to her name, winning them in open field events.
Back in a time when gambling was primarily for men, Alice Huckert, or Poker Alice as she was commonly referred to, paved the way for female gamblers. Born in 1851, Alice Huckert became famous for her cunning skills and good looks, which she combined together masterfully. Men were so thrown off by her charm, that she would sometimes break the bank and force the dealer to close the game! On a good night, it was said that Poker Alice was able to take home around $6000, which is roughly a staggering $160,000 in today’s currency!
Poker Alice wasn’t the only famous female gambler from the 19th century, Lottie Deno made her name in the state of Texas after learning to play poker from her father. She earned the nickname, ‘Poker Queen’, after beating one of the most famous poker players of a generation, Doc Holliday. Many men who lost to Lottie Deno were so enraged at losing to a woman, that they often accused her of cheating her way to victory!
Annette Obrestad had an early start to the world of Poker, bursting onto the scene at the age of 15. By the age of just 18, she had already amassed over $836,000 in earnings simply by paying online poker games. Annette Obrestad is also the youngest person ever to win a World Series of Poker bracelet, which she won at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe tournament.
Prior to the rise of Vanessa Selbst, Anni Duke was the highest female earner in Poker, and was the winner of the 2004 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions and the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2010. One of her standout performances came in 2002 at the World Series of Poker Championship when she finished in 10th place, all the while being 9 months pregnant! This was also the 2nd best result for a female in poker history.