It’s hard for women to get due recognition in the game of poker and they have been trying hard to be more prominent during the last few years. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF) does its best to reward and recognize the top female performers in world poker by inducting them into the prestigious hall of fame. Since 2008, the WiPHoF has been honouring women who have established prominence and made contributions to the poker world.
This year, there is another handful of prominent poker ladies in the spotlight, vying to get a coveted spot at the 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame (WiPHoF).
Nominations for the 2018 WiPHoF closed on March 15 and after deliberations a total of eleven deserving women have been shortlisted. These women will be recognized as movers and shakers in the poker industry and mostly two or a max of four women out of these eleven will join the 19 other ladies who have already been inducted into the hall of fame.
Members will have until April 15 to cast their votes on these eleven women based on the significance of their contributions to the industry. Panel members are given 10 votes to award to one or distribute to a number of candidates. Once all the votes are cast, the 2018 WiPHoF induction ceremony and luncheon will be held on June 26 at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas. Tickets to the induction ceremony can be purchased from the WiPHoF website.
Hermance Blum: First on the list is Hermance Blum, who people have dubbed the “Queen of the WPT.” Blum started in the poker world as a PR and Marketing person for PokerStars in 2008. Soon, she was able to rise above her station and by 2014, she was already the General Manager of WPT Europe. She’s also the woman who was responsible for convincing Guinness World Record to create a new category that would allow Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier to set a Guinness record for his infamous “62 Sit-n-Gos in 60 Minutes.”
Mandy Glogow: is another name that’s been instrumental to the WPT brand’s growth, and is currently the show’s supervising producer. She has been with WPT since 2005 and is the main storyteller behind the stories and players that the show’s more than 140 million viewers get to watch.
Angelica Hael: Angelica Hael also had a role to play with the WPT. Hael’s expertise lies on bridging international players and brands. After her outstanding work with Crown Casino’s Aussie Millions and partypoker’s global events, she is now the vice president for Global Tour Management at the WPT. She also runs her own consulting company for land-based and online gaming companies.
Kara Scott: Kara Scott has been a broadcaster, commentator, and ambassador in poker television since 2005. Some of her biggest appearances are her reporting for ESPN’s WSOP broadcast and hosting for both the European and American Poker Awards. She is also a formidable poker player with more than $660,000 in tournament winnings.
Jennifer Tilly: Another darling of the camera is Jennifer Tilly who is an actress and also a regular on poker TV shows like Poker Night in America and Poker After Dark Cash Game. Her most famous win at the poker felt was back in 2005 when she won against 600 players to take home a WSOP bracelet at the Ladies event, which was said to have sparked an explosion in women’s poker since attendance in the Ladies event nearly doubled after her win.
Haley Hintze: is a veteran poker writer and editor, who has become formidable in the poker and gambling media circles. She is best known for her reportage on Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker’s Black Friday scandal.
Lupe Soto: On the advocacy front lies Lupe Soto, one of the founders and currently the chairperson of the WiPHoF. She is responsible for creating online poker group Victory Poker Players, the first online poker forum for women called Poker Chix, and the first major poker organization for women called Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS). She is also the CEO of Poker Gives, a nonprofit poker-based charity that focuses on helpingfamilies of military personnel.
Shirley Rosario: has been advocating for women in poker ever since the poker boom, and has total live earnings of $506,484 ever since she started playing in 2002. Apart from being constantly active on the poker felt, she is known for having developed and operated, which has information on female professional players and gave encouragement for many women who want to start playing poker.
Terry King: is one of the very first women in the poker field, when she starting playing pro poker in 1972. She is known for being one of the first women to bag a WSOP bracelet back in 1978, and one of the first women to deal in the Main Event. Ever since, she has become a poker dealer, tournament director, and floorperson of the largest card clubs, and has helped open Hollywood Park Casino.
Karina Jett: started playing pro poker in 1997 and since then, she has become one of the most successful female poker players with almost half a million dollars in live earnings throughout her career. She has since been featured in poker TV programs such as GSN’s Battle of the Sexes, Poker After Dark and Poker Night in America and is known for her involvement in many charity poker events, including heading the annual Ante Up for Autism charity event.
Maria Ho : is currently one of the winningest and most successful female poker pros, sitting on 4th on the GPI female players list and 10th on the female all-time money list with almost $3 million in live earnings. She became the first female strategic commentator to a poker television broadcast, has several TV and hosting gigs to her name, and now co-hostsWPT’s King of the Club on Fox Sports Net.

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