Due to discrimination laws, the World Series of Poker (WSOP) cannot ban men from entering events intended to be for ladies only. So WSOP organisers did the next best thing — they set the entry fee for the Ladies Event at $10,000, but are giving all ladies a $9,000 discount.
The WSOP announced its schedule for 2013 and listed Event #51 as the Ladies No-Limit Hold’em Championship. Aiming to put an end to male players participating as has been the case in recent years, the intended buy-in of $1,000 was changed to $10,000. But a 90% discount will be allowed for ladies.
Men make up roughly 95% of the poker community. Many efforts have been made to introduce more women to the game and ladies only events is one way to accomplish that goal. Reaction to the WSOP’s clever idea from poker pros the world over has been tremendously supportive.
“Pretty sure at this price structure the Ladies in the Ladies Event @WSOP will actually want a few brave men to enter,” tweeted Matt Glantz. “Well done #WSOP.”