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John G. Brokopp

John G. Brokopp
John G. Brokopp's gaming column appears in Chicago Sun Times (Chicago, Illinois), The Times (Northwest Indiana), The Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa), The Courier News (Elgin, Illinois), The Gazette (Southwest Suburban Chicago) and Senior Wire (Denver, CO). He's also a regular contributor to The Colorado Gambler, Midwest Gaming & Travel, Casino Player and Strictly Slots. John possesses 28 years of experience as a professional handicapper, publicist, freelance writer, and casino gaming correspondent. He is also the author of two very popular books, The Insider’s Guide to Internet Gambling and Thrifty Gambling.

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Women Poker Players Go High Profile

13 Oct 2004

By John G. Brokopp

Even though poker rooms in casinos around the country and the professional poker players tournament tour are male dominated, interest in the game among women is growing and their participation is becoming increasingly more visible.

There is no reason for women not to be able to compete on equal footing against men playing a game that requires brains and not brawn. Several women are among the top players in the game today, including Cat Hulbert and Barbara Enright, who has a trio of World Series of Poker championship gold bracelets adorning her wrist and the distinction of being the first woman poker player ever to make the final table at the World Series of Poker main event.

Even so, the popularity of poker as television entertainment has reached such heights that Binion's Horseshoe Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas has announced it will be the site of the inaugural Women' Poker Club Showdown Tournament September 9 through 11.

The Women' Poker Club (WPC) lists 700 members among its ranks. Many women players who find live poker room play intimidating and unfriendly have found online casinos to be a suitable alternative for their passion. For some, the upcoming Las Vegas tournament will be their first experience in a "brink and mortar" environment.

"Many men seem to feel that women are easy targets at the poker table," said Maryanne Morrison, president of the WPC. "Yet our WPC tournaments have proved tougher competition than most mixed events I have participated in. Women are outstanding contenders in this sport."

The main event at Binion's will be a No Limit Texas Hold'em Tournament on Saturday, September 11. The buy-in of $100 plus $25 will create a prize pool estimated at over $10,000.

"It will be an exhilarating three days, with optional poker classes and social events built into the tournament agenda," Morrison said. "Many members know each other from playing online and sharing strategy in our forum. The WPC Vegas Showdown will give them a chance to meet and compete face to face. This is the next step in encouraging more women to be immersed in poker and leveling the playing field."

Royal Vegas Poker is the exclusive sponsor of the event. They'll be holding satellite and super satellite events in the coming weeks for women to have a chance to win a free trip to the WPC Vegas Showdown. Online tournaments open to any and all female poker players are available at www.royalvegaspoker.com.

Anyone who's interested may also contact the WPC at 646-435-4458 or visit the club's Website at www.womenspokerclub.com.

This article is provided by the Frank Scoblete Network. Melissa A. Kaplan is the network's managing editor. If you would like to use this article on your website, please contact Casino City Press, the exclusive web syndication outlet for the Frank Scoblete Network. To contact Frank, please e-mail him at fscobe@optonline.net.

 
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