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PokerStars appoints Kerryjane Craigie as Ambassador for Women in Poker

19 Jun 2024

(PRESS RELEASE) -- PokerStars is proud to announce the appointment of Kerryjane Craigie as an Ambassador for Women in Poker. A prominent figure in the poker community, Kerryjane brings a wealth of experience and a passionate commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the game.

Kerryjane began her journey at The Hippodrome Casino London in 2012, overseeing the joint poker room collaboration between PokerStars and the Hippodrome. This partnership has thrived and is now one of the leading and most prestigious card rooms in London. Her impressive dedication and vision have since propelled her to the position of Director of Poker for the Hippodrome Casino.

In 2023, Kerryjane was nominated to the Women's Poker Association (WPA) board, where she is responsible for the "Raise it Up" campaign outside of North America. She will soon launch this initiative in Europe and worldwide, further solidifying her commitment to fostering an inclusive poker environment.

An accomplished player herself, Kerryjane has a series of remarkable achievements. She won the UKIPT Women's Event in Brighton in 2023, secured second place in a WSOP bracelet event, and was the last remaining Brit in the inaugural Colossus event at WSOP 2015, finishing 84th out of 23,400 participants.

In addition to her professional achievements, Kerryjane founded the Ladies Club in 2014, which has grown into a supportive community of women who meet monthly to share strategies, mindsets, and experiences. She has also hosted women at competitor events, emphasizing the importance of the game's growth and the advancement of women in poker, irrespective of brand allegiance.

"I am delighted and honoured to be given the opportunity to promote and support women in poker as a PokerStars ambassador," said Kerryjane Craigie. "I truly believe that the mindset that PokerStars has and their belief in making a difference is on point in today’s environment. Launching an active program for Women in Poker with initiatives to encourage, support, and promote this game we all love is as exciting as it gets. There are complex moments at a poker table when someone in a minority, and not just talking gender, feels uncomfortable. It’s time to make that a thing of the past, and we can all make a conscious change. I’m beyond thrilled to be a part of it and raring to go!"

Ladies, this one is just for you. In celebration of Kerryjane Craigie’s new role, PokerStars, together with Kerryjane, will be hosting a special Women in Poker event during the dinner break of the WSOP Ladies Championship in Las Vegas. The PokerStars Ladies’ Night Ambassador Reception aims to bring together women in the industry to meet fellow players, in a celebration of women in poker while also gathering feedback on the new initiatives that PokerStars will be launching in the coming months. The 60-minute dinner reception will offer complimentary food, and attendees will have a chance to chat with Kerryjane about her new position, as well as meet PokerStars ambassadors Jen Shahade and Maria Konnikova.
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