Female poker players on the lookout for competitive and fun-filled tournaments in Las Vegas should consider taking part in the 2021 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship which is currently running at the South Point Casino Poker Room near the Strip. The event is hosted by the Ladies International Poker Series (LIPS).
It started out on April 15 and will run till April 18. In addition to running ladies-only events, the ongoing series also includes tournaments that are open to all, meaning male players can also join in on the action.
Vegas Live Tournament Scene Slowly Reopens
The series has been held annually since 2011, but the 2020 edition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Its return to Las Vegas is another indication that the live tournament scene in the city is continuing to recover after being essentially shut down for several months as a result of the ongoing global health crisis.
The Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship is among the biggest ladies’ poker events in the US. LIPS, which is closely linked to the Women’s Poker Association (WPA), is responsible for bringing the series each year to Vegas.
The series is on its 11th year now, and LIPS founder Lupe Soto is just so happy that it is finally coming back to Vegas after a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19. WPA founder Ruth Hall is also delighted that players can once again enjoy the exciting mix of competition and fun which the NV State Ladies Championship has been known for.
Hall is particularly looking forward to taking part in the $275 buy-in Main Event which takes place this weekend. She won the same tournament back in 2015.
Full Schedule
The 2021 Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship kicked off on April 15 with two ladies-only NLHE events. There are a few more women-exclusive tournaments left on the schedule, including a LADIES Pajama Jam NLHE on April 16, as well as the main highlight of the series, the $275 buy-in Nevada State Ladies Championship on April 17.
The series also features open-to-all tournaments, such as a $175 Omaha tournament on April 16, and a Deepstack tournament on April 18.
In addition to these events, the WPA is sponsoring a fun-filled “Purple Party” on April 16, preceding the LADIES Pajama tournament.
$275 Main Event
The series will culminate in the $275 buy-in Nevada State Ladies Championship, a two-day event running from April 17-18. Players can enter the event for a fraction of the price by taking part in satellites running all day on April 16.
The winner will walk away with a stylish champion’s trophy, apart from the top prize. The latest winner of the Nevada State Ladies Championship was Tonya Baltazar from Las Vegas who took down the tournament in 2019. She won $6,601 in first-place prize after outclassing a field of 164 entries.
All of the ladies-only events at the series are included in the WPA Player of the Year leaderboard.
Charity Event
LIPS is also noted for organizing charity tournaments as part of their sponsored series. The tour is running a Charity Tag Team event on April 17 which will benefit Poker Gives, a charity originally founded by prominent names in the game, including the late Mike Sexton, and top female poker pros Linda Johnson, Jan Fisher, and Lisa Tenner.
It was established as a way for the entire poker industry to provide support to different charity organizations. Poker Gives now operates as the Poker Fundraising Division of Vegas Connected, Inc. It is currently headed by Soto herself.
About LIPS
Since its inception in 2004, LIPS has been at the forefront of the women’s poker movement. It aims to empower women in poker, recognize their contribution to the industry, hone their skills and help them excel in the game through education, tournament play, and social event opportunities, in partnership with various organizations as well as land-based and online licensed casinos.
LIPS has been hosting the Nevada State Ladies Poker Championship for over a decade, alongside other ladies tournaments in Vegas. Among the tour’s champions are Ruth Hall, Sandy Kasinowitz, Nancy Nguyen, Dianna Norman, Angie Gelinas, and Tammy Cruz.

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