Poker is no longer the “boys club” like in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Women such as Barbara Enright, Linda Johnson and Cyndy Violette opened the door for women to enjoy the game of poker and now there are many that are dominating the game.
Today we give our picks for the top 7 female poker players in the game today. When making our selections, we looked at not only how much they’ve won in the game but also how consistently they’ve won in recent years.
Loni Harwood started out as a WSOP Circuit grinder but rose to prominence in 2013 after a stellar performance at the World Series of Poker. That year she cashed six time, making three final tables and winning her first bracelet.
Fast forward to 2015 and Harwood put on another impressive showing by becoming the first woman in history to win a WSOP Circuit National Championship. This was also her second bracelet victory.
Harwood has $1.6 million in live tournament earnings, currently 13th on the Women’s All-Time Money List.
When talking excellence in poker, regardless of gender, a name that frequently mentioned is Vanessa Selbst. Selbst is considered one best poker players in the world today and her stats back this fact.
She is the only woman in WSOP history to hold three open-field bracelets and is tied for the record for most bracelets held by a woman. Her $11.64 million in live earnings is not only #1 on the Women’s All-Time Money List but also 21st on the official All-Time Money List.
I was asked to tell my hand history in haiku form: 3bet Ace Jack off Didn't win; what else is new? Please go fuck yourself. Happy 4th!— Vanessa Selbst (@VanessaSelbst) July 4, 2015
Most recently, Selbst took down the Poker Central Super High Roller Celebrity Shootout to win $1 million.
In the early days of the Poker Boom, JJ Liu was considered one of the top female players in the world. She won the WPT Ladies Night Out title in 2006 and finished runner-up at the WPT Bay 101 Shooting Stars in 2007.
After 2007, Liu didn’t have many “high profile” final tables but she has continued to be a picture of consistency. Only once since 2005 has she failed to earn at least $100,000 a year playing poker tournaments. She presently has $2.9 million in live earnings.
Last year, Liu won the HK$25,000 High Roller Event at the APPT Macau for over $183,135. This was her first six-figure score since 2008. At just 50 years of age, she is proving that her game is as sharp as ever and we expect to see consistent performances from her for years to come.
Wsop lady's event 48500 198 out of 795 pic.twitter.com/UVX2fy7m9k— JJ Liu (@jjliu9065) June 27, 2015
Victoria Coren Mitchell
Victoria Coren Mitchell set a pair of historic milestones on the European Poker Tour. She became the first woman to win an EPT event when she won the EPT London in 2006. In 2014, she became the first woman to win two EPT events after taking EPT San Remo.
However, her poker career is greater than those two historic victories. She has $2.46 million in live earnings and has averaged over six figures each year since 2010. The former PokerStars Team Pro is a busy mother, writer and TV personality that we expect to be a force in the game for years to come.
Last night, my daughter attended her first poker game. Her chance to see my greatest skill! She slept throughout. Everyone's a critic.— Victoria Coren M. (@VictoriaCoren) June 10, 2015
Maria Ho is one of the most feared female players in the game today. Twice she finished as the “Last Woman Standing” in the WSOP Main Event (2007, 2014) and has over $1.7 million in tournament earnings.
Her largest live score to date came in 2011 when she finished runner-up in the $5,000 NL Event at the World Series of Poker. That finish earned her $540,020. She presently has 32 WSOP cashes with two final table appearances.
Ho is a versatile player that has deep runs in multiple forms of poker. Her record also shows a consistency in her play that should keep her atop the poker world for years to come.
Xuan Liu is a rising poker star that’s posted several impressive scores in recent years. Liu became a household name in 2011 when she finished 3rd at the EPT San Remo for $524,705. She followed that up with a fourth place finish at the 2012 PCA Main Event for $600,000.
Liu has deep runs in events all around the world including final tables at Aussie Millions and APPT Seoul. Most recently, she finished deep in three events at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood FL including a fourth place finish in the $2,650 NL Freezeout.
Just kidding, I won pic.twitter.com/gI8bdp3FZI— Xuan Liu (@xxl23) August 15, 2015
Liu presently has $1.6 million in tournament earnings and has a bright future ahead of her. It’s just a matter of time before she breaks through for her first major title.
Vanessa Rousso has been one of the game’s top female players for a decade. Her breakout event was the 2006 WPT Championship where she bubbled the final table. Her seventh place finish earned her $263,625. Later that year, she took the $5,000 NL Event at the Borgata Poker Open for $285,450.
Since then, Rousso has posted numerous high profile finished in live tournaments. In 2009, she finished runner-up at the NBC National Heads-Up Championship. Later that year she won the €25,000 High Roller at the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo for $700,160, the largest score of her career. Rousso has one WPT final table, finishing 3rd at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
In addition to $3.53 million in live tournament earnings, she has won million in online poker. Her largest career score online came in the 2007 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event on PokerStars. She originally finished 3rd in the event but the winner was disqualified for violating PokerStars’ TOS and Rousso was elevated to second place. That score earned her $700,782.
Presently, Rousso is a contestant on the reality show Big Brother on CBS. Her poker background has benefited her in this arena as some view her as a favorite to win Big Brother 17.